But alas, finally, I packed my backpack last night as a practice and for the weigh in, and this morning I was dreaming strictly hiking! Yeah, time to go! (I am also day-dreaming while massaging, so I guess it all equals out).
So, for the purpose of documenting my first solo self-supported backpacking trip for the whole week (not first backpacking of course, not first "whole week", and not first solo, but a combination of three), I had taken photographs of what I am taking (I also had a request for that). I didn't weigh separately each item prior the picture, although I did weigh a few clothes items I had choices of to pick the lighter one (like long sleeve shirt, windbreaker, gloves, etc). The tent's footprint is left behind, as well as a sleeping pad. Space in my rather smallish pack is quite an issue, which is a good thing, that was the intention last year when I bought this new pack.
|Clothes: left - unpacked, right - packed, minus set I am wearing|
|Food - all 15 lbs of it, mostly junk food I never eat in normal life.|
|Tent (above and below), poles, sleeping bag|
|Water purifier, reservoirs, plus 2 1L Nalgene bottles|
There is also a medical kit, camera, cell phone, a book on trail description, a map, a whistle to aware the bears of my coming, personal hygiene stuff, knife, headlamp and a flashlight, and a few random items.
All packed the backpack weighed 35 lbs - without water. 4L of water will add about 8 lbs more (the first 3 days there are stretches of 20+ miles with no water sources). Once I put it on (without water) - it felt somehow much easier than 30 lbs dumbbell I had been carrying for practice (probably weight distribution).
I am outta here. I still have 5 hrs of massages today, and 3 more tomorrow morning, then - off to Tahoe area!
Am I biting more than I can chew? There is only one way to find out. I haven't been that excited in quite a while. Bring it!