Countdown to the trail…

It’s now 18 days, just 2 weeks and a couple of days, until I’m back on the trail. Free time at home has been spent packing, repacking, and going over the gear again and again. I heard someone say once that you shouldn’t start planning too soon for an AT thru hike because it will consume you; that’s definately true.

Right now I’m debating whether or not to take several items:

  • 20 degree vs 40 degree quilt. I’m leaning towards the 20 degree quilt, but there’s lots of space savings with going with the lighter one.
  • ACR PLB. (This is my satellite rescue beacon.) It weighs 4.6 oz and will only be of use if I get injured and there’s no cell signal or help around. Perhaps it’s worth the weight.
  • Liquor. I’ve got a flask of Appleton Estate Reserve Rum. It works as well as ibuprofen for aches and pains, helps with sleep and it’s organic!
  • Rain Jacket. I have the trusted Helium II rain jacket, but don’t plan on bringing it. All I do is sweat in the thing and my umbrella is definately coming with me. I can take a cheap and light weight poncho instead.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts and leave a comment. Right now I’m leaning towards: 20 degree quilt, yes to the PLB, yes to the rum, and no to the rain jacket.

Appleton Estate Rum
Helium II Jacket

“There is no wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.” – Unknown

One thought on “Countdown to the trail…

  1. LOTS of planning!

    How was the cruise with th CA Brooks/Knipp clan. Hoped it worked out, one never knows with families!

    A Blessed Easter to you both, love and prayers, Betsy



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