Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This weekend is my first backpacking trip. I just checked the weather. The expected low is 41 and the high is 60. There is no chance of rain on Saturday but there is a 10 percent chance for Sunday. If there is any chance of rain, that usually means someone around here is going to get wet. Should I take my Frogg Toggs? They are very lightweight and came with their own stuff sack. There is a hood hidden in the collar. They look like the ones in the pic. I would be very uncomfortable wet, so I believe I'll take them. I won't carry a tarp, though.
I bought some hiking boots. Academy only had one pair of waterproof boots in my size, so I didn't spend a lot of time comparing different styles. If these don't work for me, I'll be searching online. I'll walk a few miles in them tomorrow and Friday. Should I tramp through some puddles to test how waterproof they really are?
I found a polyester sleeping bag liner for six dollars. I'll be taking that with me. I've learned that just because your sleeping bag is rated to 40 degrees doesn't mean it's comfortable at 40 degrees. A liner will give me another ten degrees of warmth. Silk would be better, but much more expensive.
I'm getting excited!