Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Meeting with the Presidents

I eagerly await with anticipation to backpack out of my usual terrain. I am accustomed to rocks, roots and moose poops with a few mud holes in between. In February of this year, I thought I would plan a trip to my sister state of New Hampshire and traverse the Presidential mountain range in the White Mountains. On Friday morning I will take my first hiking steps on this state's beautiful land. I choose to backpack this traverse so I could take it all in. Although I love to backpack I try not to go over 10 miles a day. This gives me time to enjoy my environs. I'm no marathoner that's for sure. I do have some anxiety in regards to the terrain of the Whites. I've never hiked, let alone carry a backpack on terrain like this so I don't know what to expect. Luckily, I know how to research and that I did. I am confident that I am properly prepared both mentally and physically and I have no doubts about the quality of gear that I am using. This trip is planned to tent two nights below the treeline.

My pack:
A heavy baselayer
Convertible hiking pants
3 quick-dry shirts
4 pairs Smartwool and Darn Tough socks with liners
A rain & wind hard shell

Merrell Outland Mids
Merrell Navigator Sport (lightweight camp shoes)
Trekking poles

Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter
MSR Pocket Rocket stove w fuel
MSR Blacklite 1 liter pan
Squishy bowl & cup

North Face Tadpole 23 tent w footprint
Thermarest Neo-Air sleeping pad
EMS Velocity 30 sleeping bag
Head lamp w extra batteries

What Nots:
Map, Compass and guidebook
Camel Bak 2 liter water bladder
2 Nalgene 1 liter bottles
First Aid kit with extra blister package
Personal hygiene kit 
My 10 essentials (modified)
Camera & tripod
Cell phone
...and a bunch of calories.


  1. Looks like you are well prepared. I honestly think you will do just fine. I can not wait to see the pictures of your fun.

  2. A presi traverse for your first trip to the Whites? I like your style. I hear that is one of the most epic hikes in New England! Good luck and I can't wait to read that trip report!

  3. Hiking the Presidential Range is the best idea i have heard of in a long time and you're doing it! I am so excited for! Good Hiking!