— Clothes. One pair of featherweight nylon hiking pants. Two pairs of hiking socks. One pair of sleeping socks. One wool shirt. One fleece jacket. One nylon windbreaker. One poncho. One change of underwear. That’s it. I’m not going out on a date, after all.
— Boots. I left my heavy leather hiking boots at home in May when I hiked in Kentucky, and wore lightweight, low-cut trail running shoes instead. That’s my plan this time, too.
— Food. Thanks to Carla Kinney, the creative wife of my hiking buddy, Cliff, I will be eating homemade dehydrated dinners. The rest of the food bag will contain oatmeal, tea bags, candy, crackers, cheese and summer sausage. That’s more than enough.
— Canteens. Plastic and aluminum canteens are heavy. More hikers are opting for the thin plastic bottles that soft drinks come in. I’m trying that this time.
— Sleeping bag. I have three, and I’m taking the lightest one. If I get cold, I’ll wear more clothes.
It should be a nice, pain-free hike. Stay tuned.
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.