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Day 4

Today went really well. We took a shortcut and made up some time; still behind schedule tho. Feet and shoulders were way better today. Hoping for a full recoup tomorrow. Were inn a great shelter at Stratton pond. Loads of ‘characters’ out here. Should rain tomorrow but were shooting for a big push if we can get up early enough. More posts to come…

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LT Day -1

Slight change in plans. We’re getting dropped off at the trail tomorrow morning around 10 am. Tentative schedule still stands. I just cleaned and waxed my boots, and gave myself a haircut and shave. I have the itinerary and some notes printed and in a dry bag, along with the LT Guide Book. My bag is totally packed minus a few incidentals. Here’s the final loadout, if i can remember it all:

  • Black Diamond Predator 55L Backpack
  • Black Diamond Trekking poles
  • Asolo backpacking boots
  • Two pairs Smartwool mountaineering socks
  • Lightweight, water shedding hiking shorts
  • Mountain Hardwear Hiking T-shirt
  • Mountain Hardwear long sleeve 3/4 zip pullover
  • Mountain Hardwear gore windstopper fleece vest
  • Mountain Hardwear Xenon goretex paclite shell jacket
  • Two pairs Under Armor shorts
  • 25 degree down sleeping bag plus compression sack
  • Thermarest ultralight 3/4 length sleeping pad
  • Petzl leather climbing gloves
  • Light water shedding ball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • 3 Outdoor Research dry bags
  • Granite Gear water tight compression sack
  • MSR ultralight backpacking stove
  • MSR stainless steel backpacking pot
  • 4 cans IsoPro cooking fuel
  • REI quick drying, anti-microbial pack towel
  • Two titanium ‘sierra’ cups
  • Four Nalgene bottles
  • MSR Ceramic water filter plus purifying chemicals
  • Storm proof matches, lighters, striker
  • Headlamp plus extra batteries
  • Highgear multifunction altimeter
  • Suunto compass
  • Two Solio solar panels plus USB adapters
  • Nexus One
  • iPod
  • Two large stuff sacks of assorted food (breakfast materials, trail mix, Clif Bars, Clif Shot Bloks, pemmican, etc…)
  • 7 days worth of freeze dried dinners, assorted freeze dried breakfasts and deserts
  • 30 ft. parachute cord (shoe string, tent guy lines, unforeseeable jury rigging of failed equipment…)
  • 100 ft. rope (hanging our very large food stash from a tree branch)
  • First aid kit (assorted sterile bandages/gauze, Advil, Tylenol, Neosporin, sterile wipes)
  • Duct tape
  • Weather proof journal
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Biodegradable concentrated camp soap
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Nail trimmers
  • Chapstick
  • Leatherman
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen/bug repellent combo
  • TP
  • Assorted empty plastic bags
  • LED flashlight
That might be it… Any thing I didn’t mention i’m sure Alex has…

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