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Gear for the Land of Rain

I originally had this post as some flowy poetic thing until I realized that that is probably not what ‘the people’ (you lovelies,) come here for. We’re hikers and we’re gear nerds, so let’s get to the gear! Full disclosure here before I begin: I bought the large majority of this stuff with my own money, about 97% of it. The rest of it I received for free from my former job at an outdoor equipment store, through sales contests and some very kind brand representatives whom I am very grateful to. Within this list of gear, there are a few items which I would not usually carry, but which I must in this case because of traveling abroad. Last summer I used almost this exact set up (plus some stuff which I forgot was in the bottom of my pack,) in the Canadian Rockies and I felt like I was carrying just a particularly heavy daypack. I even hiked over some really sketchy terrain which had me cursing in fear! (I’m not so good with ledges of death.)

In speaking about my gear I will be moving left to right, top to bottom. Special thanks to my parents for letting me use the construction zone of their cabin for the photography for this post. Ahem; introducing… the base weight group!

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May 6, 2022

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