I’ve been preparing for this hike for several years. Every prior hike I made was viewed as an opportunity to research and test the gear I would eventually carry.
People have sometimes asked me how much I paid for my gear, and the honest truth is I don’t know. That’s because some of the gear was bought years ago and some gear I bought with intentions of using on this hike was excluded when I found a better option.
When I left Springer Mountain I was convinced I had my gear list completely dialed in.
Now, four months later, I’m learning there is no such thing as a completely dialed-in gear list. This point was especially known to me today.