Pack Shakedown

Phew. I underwent a pack shakedown this past weekend….and already things feel lighter.

Special thanks to class of 2011 thru-hiker Eats for being a big guiding force/advice giver.  Through his knowledge I learned how to do my own pack shakedown, pretty simple really!  How to do this, you might ask? Gather all your gear, and separate it into these categories:

Clothing, Personal, Water, Misc., Cooking, Sleep System, First Aid and Tent.

Cut where things are unnecessary.  A good rule of thumb is if things don’t have more than one purpose, it probably isn’t worth the weight.  Of course, I didn’t have my other category available: cameras. Here is hoping I make it under 40 pounds! 🙂

Now, to leave you with a song that I not only love, by an artist I have been following around from her early career, but also a song that is oddly appropriate:

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