Thursday, August 26, 2010

Return to Adirondack backcountry

We will spend the Labour Day long weekend back in the High Peaks backcountry camping and hiking some more 46ers. We extended the weekend by 2.5 days so we can tune up and adjust things according to the learnings.

The big test: will my latest blister prevention strategy work? It's a combo of new socks, taking off boots at lunch to let my feet cool down/dry out; and tying my boots a bit differently. Then there are copious amounts of moleskin and second skin.

We will be using a water microfilter (MSR) for the first time (used Aquatabs on our last trip and will bring them as back up).

To save weight for the 4 or 5 days we will be out there we are opting for dehydrated dinners and dried fruit along with oatmeal, nuts and bars for daily nutrition. I made a comprehensive meal plan listing weight, calories as well as carbs, protein and fat. That was an enlightening exercise!

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