Today on The First 40 Miles we’ll talk about combining backpacking with trail service. Next, the Top 5 ways to blow your backpacking budget. The SUMMIT Gear Review™ we’ll show you how to protect dry stuff from wet stuff. Then for the Backpack Hack of the Week™ will show you an easy way to keep grit on the trail and out of your shoes. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little Trail Wisdom from our good friend on the trail, Ralph.
Show Notes: Episode 018
Quiz: How Many States have a section on the Appalachian Trail? Answer (and NEW Appalachian Trail Song!) at the end of our show.
- Hiking service opportunities
- Colossal Cave Mountain Park
- American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations
Top 5 Ways to Blow Your Backpacking Budget
- Replace all your old gear with all new equipment
- No need to white wash your entire collection and replace everything
- There’s a good chance that much of your gear will still be usable and good.
- It’s time to start researching what improvements have been made, and which improvements matter most to you.
- Buying new gear at the very beginning of backpacking season
- Less likely to find those magical deals
- There will also be limited reviews.
- Believing that all new technology is better than current technology (or even thousand year old technology like down and wool)
- Some new technology is fascinating, and it may be better than what’s out there.
- But, buying cutting edge technology will cost you
- It may be better to try the “wait and see” approach to see if the gear eventually comes down in price.
- Buying beyond your skill level or activity type
- Technical gear for climbing or ultralight backpacking will cost more, so know the purpose of the gear you’re buying
- Buying beyond your typical outdoor needs
- 20 degree down bag when you won’t be doing backpacking in 20 degree weather
SUMMIT Gear Review™: Coghlan’s Lightweight Dry Bag 25 Liters
- Rip stop nylon, waterproof taped seams, roll top closure
- Fully taped sealed seams
- Will keep your clothing dry and protected
- However, not intended for submersion or for protecting electronics
- This size will most likely hold all your clothes or your lightweight sleeping bag
- Weight: 1.9 ounces or 55 grams
- Spot clean with plain water
- Do not launder or machine dry
- Right around $10, so it’s great for the budget minded backpacker
- Stuff gear, purge air, press top edges together, roll three times, fasten buckle
- Thin, lightweight, easy to use, good bargain
Backpack Hack of the Week™: Duct Tape Ankle Gaiters
Ankle Gaiters: protection around your ankles that keeps sand, scree and gravel from getting into your shoes
- Take a 1 foot piece of duct tape and wrap it around your shoe, where your shoe meets your sock. You can also add a piece of plastic to prevent the duct tape from leaving a residue.
- It’s a temporary fix. Not meant to be kept on very long.
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson