Once you get started, you'll soon learn that it's the little things that you never use and should have just left at home.
Originally Posted by Float On
A first aid class would be great. There's no use in taking first aid supplies when you don't know how to use them. But, my first aid kit consists of a space blanket, 2 aspirin, 2 Benadryl's, a small tube of super glue and about half a dozen wraps of duck tape on a walking stick. If something happens to you that you can't fix with that, you're going to have to come off the mountain anyways.
I never weigh anything anymore. Being in my 40's, I go for comfort. I figure I can always run a few more miles each week to make up for it. Most of my backpacking is for 7-10 days at a stretch where I/we pack into a base camp and hunt out of it. I do relatively few overnight night trips for fishing. If I did more short trips, I might be more concerned about weight, but my overnighters for fishing are more of a test run for my backcountry hunting set-up.
The 5 gallon bucket was found in a meadow in the Holy Cross Wilderness. It was full of candy!!!
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