As I prep to take off on today, my pack is getting progressively heavier. I'm not sure I like this, not because I am a minimalist, but because I'm a wuss. I would much rather be uncomfortable than have to lug a bazillion things around that I never use. My goal has been to fit clothing, camping stuff and food in a single back pack that I can shoulder with relative ease. 

Below I'm including my pack list, with some specific gear I'm stoked about using - Many thanks to the friends who helped me cut down on the unnecessary things!
The pack:

I'm using my Gregory Diva pack from 2009. 60L with a bunch of access points. I love this bag, mostly because it comes in XS. Gregory is one of the only brands to make packs that fit people with non-existent torsos.

The camping stuff:

Bivy - Black Diamond
Pad - Big Agnes
Bag - Columbia
Head lamp 
Water filter
Camp towel
Day pack
25% Deet bug spray

4p socks
2p undies
Insulated pants
Insulated jacket
Rain gear - Columbia Compounder
Base layers - Omniheat
2 t shirts
Boots - Scarpa
Flip Flops
Water shoes


Hiking Poles
Pill bottle w/all the things.
Ear Plugs
Toiletries - including Diamox and "emergency antibiotics"
1st Aid kit
Prayer flags
One product I DO want to mention is this incredible little solar powered light by Luminaid.

From the website:

LuminAID has distributed thousands of lights through Give Light Projects in more than a dozen countries to individuals in need of a better, safer, and cleaner source of light.
 1.6 billion people around the world lack proper access to electricity. Many of these people are forced to rely upon dangerous, toxic, and expensive kerosene lanterns as their primary source of light. Through our Give Light, Get Light program, we partner with NGOs and non-profits all over the world to distribute LuminAID Lights to individuals who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source. Join us in our mission to make light more accessible and sustainable for all by purchasing a light for yourself and sponsoring one through our Give Light, Get Light program.

It inflates, has two different settings, and is waterproof. I've used it for night climbing and LOVE it so far. Awesome light, even more awesome mission!

Thanks to my housemate, it all fits nicely into my pack.

I am beyond excited. In less than 5 hours I'll be on the light rail, on the way to the airport...

**Deep breath**

Wish me luck!!


05/02/2014 05:10

Safe travels and have a blast!

05/02/2014 09:27

only two pairs of undies hu…….?


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