Phew. I underwent a pack shakedown this past weekend….and already things feel lighter.
Special thanks to class of 2011 thru-hiker Eats for being a big guiding force/advice giver. Through his knowledge I learned how to do my own pack shakedown, pretty simple really! How to do this, you might ask? Gather all your gear, and separate it into these categories:
Clothing, Personal, Water, Misc., Cooking, Sleep System, First Aid and Tent.
Cut where things are unnecessary. A good rule of thumb is if things don’t have more than one purpose, it probably isn’t worth the weight. Of course, I didn’t have my other category available: cameras. Here is hoping I make it under 40 pounds!
Now, to leave you with a song that I not only love, by an artist I have been following around from her early career, but also a song that is oddly appropriate: