Colorado Trail Gear List
Colorado Trail Gear List
It's December 2017. My ambition is to hike the Colorado Trail in July-August 2018. It's not too early to be obsessing over my gear list for that hike... because that's what I do. And it's not just over gear; I do the same over maps, routes, resupply... the whole thing.
Below is a list of what is in my base weight... the things I am planning to take on that hike, less consumables (food, fuel, toothpaste, soap, vitamins, baby wipes, etc.). Total weight is: 16lbs.
This will be my first long hike. So, I welcome comments from experienced thru hikers.
Adjustments I could make, but I'm a reluctant:
I could bring a lighter water purification system - this would save a few ounces. I'm a little paranoid about water contamination - other lighter systems have a much greater risk of cross contamination.
I could get a lighter stove - this would save an ounce, maybe 2. Concerned about durability and performance.
I could bring a lighter weight hanging bag - this would save me 6 ounces. There are a few places along the trail that I won't be able to hang, putting my food at greater risk. The URSack doesn't need to hang to protect my food.
I could not bring night cloths - this would save me 12.8 ounces. Because I sleep cold, dry cloths will help keep me warmer and will cause less ware on my quilt.
Here's a few suggestions. * I'd probably leave the 8 oz umbrella home, but that's your call. I'm guessing you're carrying trekking poles for the tent so your hands are already going to be busy. * Send yourself mail drops (one or two) that include replenishment things batteries, toothpaste, soap etc. along with your food. Or, buy these things in town when you resupply. * Ditch the fire starter balls. I'll bet you'll be too tired at the end of the day to mess with building a fire. * Ditch the 1 & 2 liter Platypus bottles and add another 1 liter Smart water bottle. That gives you 2 liters of clean water carrying capacity and if needed carry up to 2 liters more of unfiltered dirty water in your 2 liter Evernew bag. * Replace down footies with another pair of socks. If the footies are durable enough to double as camp shoes then OK. * Personally I don't carry soap. I know that's kinda gross, but water removes dirt and hand sanitizer kills bacteria. That brings me to the next thought; you're missing a few things on your gear list : hand sani, trail databook, maps and a cheap compass? Also, are you sure about the alcohol stove ? Since your pot 500ml I'm guessing you rehydrate food vs. pot cook. Believe me , you'll save a lot time and be a lot happier preparing dinner (when you're tired) using a lightweight stove and 4 oz fuel canister. Good luck, hike your own hike and do-it-your way!
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