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Yeah, but How Much Does It Weigh?

When I scroll through Instagram, I am starting to see A LOT of gear posts. Looking through them, I find myself wondering “where is all their gear?” or just simply admiring all their belongings. It does make me feel a little doubt about what I’ve selected to carry, even though I’m confident in the research we’ve done for our gear. When others have the experience you lack, no amount of research compares to confidence. All the brands that we discovered, I am very excited to be sporting and get to show off on the trail.

That being said, I want to post our gear. Leave your advice. Let me know what you thought would be a good idea, and then quickly realized wasn’t a great idea. Being two people hiking, we have the luxury of splitting our shelter, stove/cooking gear, shared electronics, and a few other odds and ends.

I’m going to try to get an idea of what we add, what we ditch, and what we modify as we continue on the trail. I found that to be one of the most interesting blog posts I read about gear, because there is nothing like having to carry your belongings hundreds of miles to put some perspective on what is valuable.

Read the full article by Catherine Murley on The Trek's website here.


December 3, 2023

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