A lot of people spend more time researching and buying equipment than they spend hiking. I learned this at my Appalachian Trail Institute workshop and want to avoid it. So I took notes and ultimately have decided to buy what other hikers before me have suggested.
I am spending approximately $1000 that includes:
A ULA backpack
A Thermarest sleeping pad
A Sawyer water filter
A sleeping quilt from Enlightened Equipment
A Big Agnes tent
A pair of boots
I am currently testing my pack weight with a 5 day supply of food and water. Looks to be under 30 pounds which is good. The goal should be less than 25% of your body weight.
My husband has clearly communicated both his support of my hiking and his lack of interest in joining me. He has multiple stories of being a good dad and spending time with our sons while hiking and camping in less than ideal conditions. Each time I hear him tell the stories, you can feel the suffering reemerge.
I agree for the time being that his support will be in the form of occasionally meeting me at a hotel or hostel in a trail town. He’s already begun to refer to these meet ups as conjugal visits. I am hoping that hiking doesn’t feel like prison but I am the first to admit that I don’t know what I am getting into.
My next goal is to set a date for a weekend hike of around 20 miles. I am going to do this in March right before my sabbatical begins.