GEAR TALK: Gossamer Gear Gorilla

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Pre-trip Prep.

Before heading out on any overnight trip make sure your sleep system will keep you warm, especially when you are testing the lower limits of your gear is being pushed. Before leaving for my 140 mile trip from Chattanooga to Nashville, TN, I am laying out open while the temperature is 21 F in my HG Burrow 20, Thermarest Prolite, GG 1/8 Thinlight, and DIY down pillow. Total weight: 42 oz.

Just to be sure, I have on my Rocky polyester bottom baselayer, smartwool socks, Baffin slippers, my MH wicked lite, and marmot reactor 1/4 zip. Not only am I warm enough to make it through the night, but I am feeling toasty!

Updated Trip Planning

This are our intended resupply markers. If all goes as planned, because everything usually goes according to plan, this is also when we start looking for a place to sleep. We suspect we could add 5 to 10 miles for most days, but with we want to allow time to resupply often, and thus carry less food, we would like to keep cameras, phones, and ipods charged, and the sun will be setting each day before 6 pm. We are also considering adding longboards to our trip!

I haven’t finalized the gear list yet but here is the general outline:

  • GG Gorilla
  • Hammock Gear Burrow 20 F
  • Thermarest Prolite Regular
  • GG 1/8 Pad
  • Borah Gear Borahgami- GG tent stakes/polycro groundcloth

Before I leave I will post a full gear list and I will make note of the new gear for this trip!

Urban Packing Chattanooga to Nashville

This winter, a friend and I are planning on ultra-light packing from Chattanooga, TN to Nashville, TN. According to Google Maps, we will have walked 138 miles by the end of our trip.

Some of my closest friends (who don’t backpack) have asked me why on earth I would want to spend a week walking in the cold rather than the typical 20 year old past times (video games, partying with friends, sleeping)…. And honestly, I could give an answer that could accurately represent the real reason “why.” We’re not doing it for the exercise, or physical fitness. We aren’t doing it for grandeur or even the beauty of the area (for mostly we will be taking roads). The only real reason, I suppose, is necessity. We are walking this winter because…well… we must. Continue reading “Urban Packing Chattanooga to Nashville”