Solo backpacking. I’ve done solo trips, a few days here and a few days there- but 6 days solo in the backcountry is an entirely different animal. On top of the fact that it is solo, I’m also going Ultralight/lightweight- which by basic definition- is a base weight of about 10-20 lbs, sans food/water.
My pack’s base weight was about 15 lbs, before I added food and water- I ended up with a total- including a few luxuries( Flipflops, and a book) of 26.2lbs. Which is awesome for six days!
This will be a good testing ground for all my gear! The big pieces I’m testing are my Golite Jam 50, my new La Sportiva FC Eco 2.0 gtx boots, and an OR Centrifuge Jacket. Hopefully this new system will work better than my previous methods….of using whatever backpack is available-usually a much heavier mountaineering pack.
All of this being said- I’m a bit nervous- this is my first solo trip of this length- and I’ll be attempting 5 peaks around the Chicago Basin– a very remote area of Colorado- home to the most removed 14ers/centennials in the state. These peaks are not exactly easy, but not really hard- they range from Class 2+ to Class 4- which is doable.
I’m more worried that the weather will not cooperate, and either I’ll be stuck in my tent the entire time, or everything will get wet– which is no fun to try to dry everything. At this moment I have heavy rain forecasted though Thursday…. I’m hoping the mornings are at least somewhat dry!
I will no way of contacting the outside world, unless I’m on the summit of a peak– which I hear has spotty cell reception.
Despite these, and many other fears- I’m very excited to take the train from Silverton tomorrow and unplug myself for almost a week. It is rejuvenating for the mind, I plan on reading “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey and actually writing in a small notebook…with a PEN!
I’ll make sure to update when I get back- with lots of photos, and stories!
Hopefully it all goes smoothly.