2016 Long Trail Hike

2016 Long Trail Hike.

Long Trail sign at the Vermont Massachusetts state line. I hiked the Vermont Long Trail in four separate trips, as I could not get more than a week off from work at a time.
I started in North Adams, Massachusetts in the May and finished at the Canadian border in September.
I then went back to the Junction {LT & AT} in October and hiked the Appalachian Trail north. Again it was several hikes before I reached Hanover, New Hampshire the end of December.
The last few years I have gone back to lightweight backpacking.
As a teenager I had a minimal amount of gear. My hiking kit was, a army blanket, poncho, one pot and water bottle. Everything was rolled up in the poncho and a strap tied to each end. I would then sling it over my shoulder and down the trail I would go.
I did want more comfort, and in a few years I was carrying a Kelty backpack, and everything I could fit into it. It was comfort camping, with a fifty pound pack.
As I got older, lightweight backpacking appealed to me. With modern gear I could go light and comfortable. It made getting up the mountains much easier and I could travel more miles.
Most people have a budget when outfitting for a trip. Some of the items I use because I have them. Some of my gear I have had for twenty years {Esbit stove}, and some is new {trail running shoes}.
All gear wears out at some point if you use it. I am replacing/upgrading the old with what is currently available.

What you take on a Backpacking trip is what you live with. I recommend testing all new gear on day trips or overnights before setting out on a longer trip. Picture of John at a Appalachian Trail / Long Trail sign.
Once on the trail you get into a routine. If you establish this on short trips, things usually go smoothly on longer ones.
My day pack will just barely hold everything with careful packing. Every item always goes in the same place in the pack.
Camping gear on the bottom. Things like rain gear that I am not wearing in the middle. Water filter and trail snacks on top.
Putting everything in the same place makes it easier to find things in the dark.

This is the gear that I used in 2016
There was a wide variety of weather during this time period and I did adjust my gear to fit the conditions.
In twenty degree {F} weather in December I carried more gear than during my summer hiking trips.
A folding saw, Two jackets, wind/rain pants, long johns, hat and gloves and a Mountain Hardware down Sleeping Bag. The winter gear added four to five pounds more than the summer gear. But even so my pack was twenty eight pounds at its heaviest weight in the Fall and eighteen at its lightest in the summer.
These are starting out weights and would get lighter each day as I consumed the food. Food averaged a pound and a half a day. I did resupply on some hikes and never carried more than about eight pounds of food at a time.

Here is some of the gear I used on my 2016 LT hike.

Photo of my pack and the gear that I used on 2016 Long Trail Hike

Old LL Bean day pack with added bottle holder on side, 2 compactor bags one for sleeping bag and one for pack liner.

Tyvek ground cloth, 8' by 8' nylon tarp, 4 tent pegs, para cord, foam pad, sleeping bag, stuff sack.

Esbit Stove, fuel tabs, Walmart grease pot, cup, knife, spoon, matches , lighter.

Ursack bear bag for food storage.

Sawyer squeeze filter, water scoop, two water bottles

Head lamp, batteries, First aid kit, Compass , plastic match safe and matches, mosquitoes head net

Trail running shoes,Dirty Girl Gators, 2 pair socks, underwear, tee shirt, long sleeve shirt, nylon shorts, nylon long pants,nylon belt

Rain/wind jacket, insulated jacket, hat, gloves

 

Picture of the US Canadian border marker.

 


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