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Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Appa, did you use trekking poles? I see you using the Zpacks shelter, but you don’t list a pole you use to stand it up, which leads me to believe you use trekking poles so that you can stand up your shelter with one of them. I see you bring an umbrella, though, so that leads me to believe that you don’t use trekking poles. Do you, or don’t you? 🙂

Sky bison
Sky bison
Reply to  Anonymous

Howdy future hiker, I did start with trekking poles. They are an old pair of black diamond carbon-fiber poles that have done me well. After about 700 miles this year, I found myself strapping the poles to my pack more often than using them (got my trail legs back). So I sent one home and kept the other for the tarp, that is, until I switched out the tarp for a freestanding tent (Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1) due to the difficulty of setting up the tarp on snow in the Rockies through Colorado.
While umbrella’s seem to work great for others, I found it too distracting, especially when windy. Instead, when the sun was beating down, I preferred to put my wool hoodie on, and slow my pace to adjust for the heat. Thanks for asking.

Jesse
Jesse

Appa, what is your packing technqiue (The no stuff suck way)

Sky bison
Sky bison

Jesse, my packing technique is such: first my sleeping bag gets stuffed into a trash compactor bag, which I then roll up to keep my down nice and dry. Next goes the neo air, and food bag (after removing lunch/snacks for the day). Depending on how much food I have left, I pack the rest a bit differently every day in order to keep the weight balanced in my flimsy frame less pack. I like to have my wool hoodie, snacks, rain gear, and tarp on top for quick access. With everything in there loose (the no stuff sack way), it can get disorganized quickly, but after countless repetitions of packing and unpacking, knowing where everything settles in the pack becomes a second sense. Thanks for the question!

Sky bison
Sky bison

Hey Mac, you beautiful vagabond.

Mac
Mac
Reply to  Sky bison

Hey there, good lookin.

Freshairpinkcheeks
Freshairpinkcheeks

Just sending some love. This is now my favourite pack list, even if it is 4 years old, I care for other pack lists no more. V factor extremely high.

Mac
Mac

The Appa will be very pleased to hear this.