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!

Borah Gear “Borahgami” Video

http://borahgear.com/index.html

This shelter weighs, on my scale, only 13.35 oz. With the stuff sack included it weighs 13.65 oz. It comes in a silnylon 12 by 8 in stuff sack. The size dimensions given in the video are off; the actual dimension sizes are 7 1/2 ft by 8 ft. not including the wings.

In video I have my Gossamer Gear G4 pack (17 oz), ProLite Sleeping Pad (17 oz), North Face Blue Kazoo (40 oz), and my shelter system (20 oz). My Big 3 weighs roughly 94 oz or 5 lbs 14 oz.

I will be creating a full review including product descriptions, pictures, and my experiences with the shelter as I use it over the next few weeks.

Disclaimer: I received this shelter from Borah Gear for free to carry and review, but this will not keep me from sharing both the positives and negatives.

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”

Winter Wonderland

With winter approaching now is a great time to be testing that cold-weather sleeping bag. While some consider this “off-season”, there are a few who eagerly await the winter months.

Your pack may be heavier, but your spirits are never lighter. Winter provides a whole new way of seeing your favorite trails and overlooks: topped with snow. What better time to seek solidarity and the stillness of nature?

Where are your favorite places to go during the winter months?