[cdt-l] Stoves, shoes and layers
doug at graybealarchitects.com
Tue May 15 19:44:23 CDT 2007
Thank you for your input. My wife and I thru hiked the Colorado Trail in
2000 and had a great time. We are avid outdoors hikers and backpackers and
are just learning about lighter weight gear and the new technologies, hence
the questions. This is a great form ask question and to learn the truth
about products from users. We are doing a two week shake down hike this
September in the San Juan's to test out new lightweight gear for next year.
Thank you again, your input is appreciated.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Magnanti" <pmags at yahoo.com>
To: "CDT MailingList" <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:52 AM
Subject: [cdt-l] Stoves, shoes and layers
> Hi Doug!
> Attempting the CDT is quite the undertaking. Depending upon how much
> experience you have, you and Peggy may want to do a "shakedown hike" to
> get used to gear, clothing
> and other items. Learning the ropes of long distance hiking before you go
> on a multi-month journey (and the basics about gear) would be very
> useful...esp for the CDT. The thrust of your questions lead me to believe
> that you and Peggy may not have much experience with thru-hiking. If that
> is not the case, I apologize and you can just skip to the last paragraphs.
> I took the liberty of going to your company's business site and it looks
> like you are based in Colorado. A thru-hike on the ~500 mile Colorado
> Trail would be an AWESOME way to get used to thru-hiking, esp. for the
> CDT. While the navigation challenges are quite a bit easier, you will get
> some hands-on experience that you and Peggy may or may not need. If you
> can't do the whole trail this year, (about 5 weeks for the average
> person), you may want to consider a 2 week jaunt.
> The CDT is *not* a beginners trail. You can do it as a first
> thru-hike...it just may not be all you expected. :)
> Onward to the questions:
> STOVES: There is no one good stove. Esbit? Alcohol? Canister? White gas?
> THey all have advantages and disadvantages depending upon your needs.
> Check out Zenstoves.net I also wrote a blurb on my website about stoves:
> There is much input for other people and should give an overview of that
> is pretty balanced.
> SHOES: I've heard mix reviews of the GoLite shoes (made by Timberland IIRC
> with the GoLite branding on them). Many thru-hikers find a trail runner
> to be quite adequate. Montrail Hardrocks are favored by many. If your pack
> is a bit heavier, you may want to use lightweight hiking boots. I think
> many thru-hikers feel that Goretex is a waste of money for boots and rain
> RAINGEAR: Many people love the Marmot Precip for a multi-purpose rain
> gear. Fairly light and reasonably inexpensive.
> CLOTHING: A popular replacement for fleece are Primaloft type jackets.
> Warmer, less bulky, wind resistant, lighter. Several companies make them
> now. Primaloft is the brand name, but there are other names, too (e.g.
> Thermawrap by Montbell). Basically they synthetic down coats that aren't
> as puffy.
> Some popular options by several different companies:
> Good luck with whatever choices you make! Most of all? Have fun!
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