Hiked about 2 miles downhill today. Toughest trail day yet! Just kidding, not even close. haha. I did see three deer though and a sunrise.
Hiked down to the Woods Hole Hostel for a rest day. It is one of the oldest hostels on the trail and one of the most highly regarded. The bunkhouse is in a log cabin, that was built in 1840. The hostel grows and raises most of its own food. It is a very cool place and the owners are amazing and talented in so many things, including artwork, pottery making, gardening, raising livestock, construction, yoga, massage and probably lots more. Usually the hostel cooks dinner, but today they are not. but they are bringing us to a Korean restaurant. Tomorrow morning, they are making an organic, raised on site breakfast. People who stay here help make the meals, its a communal concept.
I was asked by Suzanne to share some info on what I packed on this trip and any luxury items.
Let me start with luxury items: my cell phone which is also my camera, an Anker 20,000 battery pack, small ipod and a small plastic massage tool.
My general gear is as follows:
- Zpacks duplex tent
- Zpacks arcblast backpack with liner
- Enlightened Equipment 20 degree quilt
- Thermarest NeoAir Xlite pad
- 1 pair of convertable hiking pants
- 1 long sleeve hiking shirt
- 2 pair underwear
- 2 pair of hiking socks and liners
- 1 pair of sleep socks
- 1 pair of long johns
- 1 puffy coat Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer
- 1 lightweight Patagonia R1 fleece top
- 1 set of rain pants and coat
- wool hat
- wool gloves
- lightweight buff
- small first aid kit and hygiene kit
- small headlamp and knife
- 2 1 liter water bottles and Sawyer Squeeze water filter
- bear bag to hang food and other scented items in at night.
- Trekking poles, which also keep my tent up.
Full loaded with all my gear and 4 days of food and 2 liters of water, my pack weighs 30 pounds. My pack baseweight without food and water is 14 pounds, can get to 12 pounds after I send winter clothes home once it stays warm.