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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Equipment Recommendations

Here's a list of equipment that worked particularly well. Not to say that the other equipment we brought didn’t work, but we were particularly grateful for those.

  1. Pants with zip-off legs. Very good for reducing amount of clothing we had to carry while being versatile in all sorts of weather conditions. Of the ones I owned, the Ex-Officio ones were outstanding, and I used them every time I wanted to do a very long walk, and they’ve served quite well.
  2. Mont-bell and Go-lite Dome Trekking Umbrellas
  3. DuoFold Synthetic T-shirts. At $7 a T-shirt, the long sleeves are warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot with wicking fabric, and quick drying. Quite a steal from Campmor.com.
  4. Camelbaks
  5. Sennheiser PX 100-II Supra-Aural Mini Headphones - Black—these really proved themselves capable of surviving the abuse and rigors of a cross-country hike! Triply recommended.
  6. REI Peak Ultra-lite Trekking Poles. I hesistated on spending $100 on a pair of these (Lisa & I used one each, but they're only sold in pairs), but I shouldn't have. They do have the tendency to slip a bit under heavy use, but it's a small price to pay for the weight.

3 comments:

md said...

Sounds like a nice trip, esp with the general lack of precipitation! I am curious about your pack weights... about how much were you carrying each day?

Piaw Na said...

Since we were using SherpaVan to move most of our lugguage from hotel to hotel, we weren't carrying a lot of stuff with us. Lisa had a Camelbak with the day's food, sunscreen, allergy meds, money, and her umbrella. She also had carried the digital camera.

I had a pack with a bladder, a first aid kit, an umbrella, the book, a trail map, a compass, spare socks, the SLR, film, and filters, occasionally boots for Lisa if we were going to do a lot of road walking so she could walk on the road with running shoes, ipod + headphones, and more food.

By far the heaviest things in my pack was the water and the SLR.

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