This is my gear inventory update. All the gear you see is what I will carry during my initial 300 miles through the Cascades. Once I get to lower elevations I can reduce the amount of equipment by ‘bounce boxing” (forwarding) my gear to the next location where that equipment is needed ( Snowshoes, boots, goretex, base layer, gaiters).
TO GO ULTRA-LITE OR NOT?
RATHER HAVE IT AND NOT NEED IT THAN, NEEDING IT AND NOT HAVING IT.
The gear you see with food and comm gear (cell phone and SPOT tracker) weights out to about 38 lbs. To most “ultra lite hikers” that is old school weight. Well while they post-hole, freeze and wear down their bodies; I’ll cruise by while warm and dry pushing miles. And if I don’t need that weight then thats ok. I like to call it training weight at that point.. LMAO, I’m sure I’ll call it something else later. Hopefully by the time I hit the CA border I will be down to speed hiking / fighting weight (pack – 18 lbs / body = Somali size). I would love to go lite right from the gate, but I want to get on trail early and snow, freezing rain and generally FUBR temps will be on the menu. But my mantra will always be the same. Rather have it and not need it than….
In the beginning I will probably be carrying to much weight. But as my body breaks in and my systems get dialed, less gear will be needed to maintain (Oregon to Yosemite). Specifically food reduction… I know first hand from the bike ride across the country, your body’s nutritional needs change. Your body will gut the fat and you’ll require less and less to keep doing what your doing. For example, when I was riding through KS I was down to 3 bags of skittles and 4 liters of gator-aid.. For the whole day. At dinner I would eat a good meal but during the event (riding 3,000 miles) it was down to sugar and electrolytes. One pedal revolution at a time… One step at a time… And focus on your daily goals. So this is my gear inventory VLOG.