Hikers load up on supplies at Kennedy Meadows to head into the higher mountain passes. Once down the other side, unloading and re-packing again is common. CD was kind enough to record a hiking pack list from his stop at Pooh Corner, north of Lake Tahoe.
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Here is CD’s hiking pack list!
Bag liner: Coolmax, 9 oz. A 6-7 oz silk liner was more common among the 2004 class.
Backpack: Granite Gear Ozone (please remember this was 2004). It weighed 3 lbs, as compared to the 2 lbs packs that most people carried. The weight was a trade off for having a frame and increased comfort.
Tarp Tent: two person model. Floorless, ~2 lbs.
Sleeping bag: EMS Mountain Light 20 degree bag, down. 2 lbs.
Tyvek: ground cloth, 5 oz
Z-rest full length: Most hikers used 3/4 lengths but for the couple of extra ounces CD chose warm and comfortable feet
Cooking and Water:
AquaMira water treatment
Spoon and fork: Apparently most people didn’t carry a fork but CD found it helpful for hard ice cream. Was this before the invention of the spork?
Evernew Titanium pot, 1.3 L: The trail standard in 2004
Stove: homemade pop can stove.
3 pair of socks: CD alternated between 2 different pair of bike socks while hiking and had a separate pair of camp socks. He insists on separate sleeping socks when we camp as well and it really is much better!
Camp Sandals: 3 oz
Wind shirt: Marmot DriClime
Rain jacket: Marmot PreCip
Convertible pants: Mountain Hardware. CD still has these. The shorts faded so much that when he puts the pieces together it looks like he is wearing shorts over different pants.
Tee shirt: Techwick
Miscellaneous Hiking Pack List Items:
Burt’s Bees<a href="http:// “> Res-Q ointment
Picture of family
Needle and thread: He had recently used to fix his pack after he fell off the trail while looking through his camera
Compass: CD said he never used it but felt it was important to have handy
Toothbrush and toothpaste
A Book: People’s History of the US, by Howard Zinn: broken into sections and mailed along in bounce boxes
Teachings of the Buddha, pocket guide
Trail Guide: broken into sections and mailed along but CD wrote that he often ended up with the wrong section. “I accidentally sent the Echo Resort to I-80 section to Pooh corner” … and so on.
Data book: The quick reference guide, broken into sections
Bug repellent. This was a new addition to the pack
Ursack Bear Bag<a href="http:// “>: replaced bear canister at this point and was mainly for keeping out rodents. 9 oz.
Nalgene: 16 oz. Mostly for dipping water and mixing drinks
Dromlite 6 liter water bag<a href="http:// “>: overkill size wise here but was needed in the desert.H
Gauze, duct tape, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen.
Things that were left or replaced at this point on the trail and did not make this hiking pack list:
Bear Canister (replaced with Ursack Bear Bag). Chaco sandals (they needed to be re-soled). Heavy long underwear. Ice axe. Crampons.