i promise you this is as much for me as it is for y’all. last time i spent the night in yellowstone i about froze my ass off, and it was actual summer. but let’s be real, i was weak then and strong now. also that big pile is all wool and underarmor.
8 days of stuff is really intimidating me, but i think it’s all accounted for.
there’s my 20 degree bag and the bag liner. there’s my tent and the rain fly. the shiny space age thing is a thermarest sleeping pad that i would buy again for triple the amount for how much more warm and comfortable it keeps me at night.
the rest is work clothes, gloves, hard hat, safety goggles, ear protection. there’s a whole baggy of emergen-c and multivitamins because i’m using so many calories in the woods i can’t keep up. book (the unbearable lightness of being), moleskin notebook and moleskin blister bandaging. the small nikon, batteries, the harmonica i bought in austin and some lip balm because the wind hurts your mouth after 10 hours. empty bags for dirty clothes because camping dirty is different dirty. a super absorbent towel. last week that platypus dromedary laying off to the side opened and leaked all over my pack. that towel saved the day. 16oz mug- one luxury i will carry despite the unnecessary weight. a headlamp and a compass. my gerber and a big ass first aid kit.
also, for the followers of this blog and my mcc specific one, i’ve made it worth your while! only this one’s photo includes the can of copenhagen that is joked about as being part of the uniform for trail workers. fought it for a month, but it’s on the list.