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