Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Beginnings

Today I've been enjoying the spring weather by walking and testing some new gear. At the beginning of the year I started a project to completely overhaul and upgrade my hiking kit. I have now brought the total weight of my "big three" down to less than 4 pounds, and I couldn't be happier with this new gear from the folks at Mountain Laurel Designs. I'll write more about my gear transformation later, but for now let it suffice to say that my "big three" weigh less altogether than many people's empty backpacks. When you're trying to lighten up your backpacking kit, the theory is that you should worry first about your tent, sleeping bag, and backpack because they are your biggest, heaviest, and most important items. I find that for me walking lighter means more enjoyment, more paying attention to why I'm wandering the woods in the first place.

Here's a listing of my "big three." This changes everything.
1. Tent — MLD Grace Solo Tarp with Serenity Shelter (26 oz with stakes)
2. Sleeping bag — MLD 38ยบ Spirit Quilt (18 oz)
3. Backpack — MLD Prophet Backpack (18)

Going for a Saturday saunter and testing out some new gear. I have this pack loaded just like
I would for a 3 day weekend, and the total weight is only 19 lbs (including food and water).

Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)

First Bloodroot bloom of the season
(Sanguinaria canadensis)

My new 2900 ci Prophet backpack from Mountain Laurel Designs. A small pack like this requires a small load.

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