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I am planning a week long (8 nights) hiking trip on the west cost of Washington State in the Olympic National Park. From the Hoh river to Shi Shi beach. It's not a super long trail, about 45 to 50 miles long. A lot of beach hiking and some overland travel.
I will have a food pick up about a 1/3 of the way. Their is nothing at the half way point. Weather will be varied, unless I get real lucky and hit a dry patch. Chance of snow is very low, in fact if their is a prediction of snow or real heavy rains, storms, etc. I will just delay the trip until their is a break in the weather. So even though it's winter it won't be a winter trip in the traditional meaning. (Snow and the like)
I think I have enough gear but would really like some comments and suggestions from more experienced hikers or anyone who has hiked this kind of trip. I am planning on wind and rain, lows in the mid 30's and highs in the 40's. Hopefully not rain all the time, but it is the west coast!
- Tent: Walrus Arch
- Tarp: 10' x 8' or so
- Sleeping Bag: SlumberJack Latitude 0-F (3.85lb poly fill)
- Air pad: Synmat 9 pump DLX
- Pack: Kelty Red Cloud (65L or 6500 cu. in. not sure which-but it's plenty big)
- Water filter: MSR Mini-Works
- Stove: Optimus Nova - White gas, with wind screen
- Cooking: 8" fry pan and 2qt pot with pot cozies
- Sleeping clothing: Paradox Merino Blend base layer (Costco)
- Shell: Columbia Titanium jacket, Water proof Rain pants
- Insulation: Polypro bottoms and tops
- Pants: Hiking pants/shorts combo
Lot of other stuff and then the 10 too. My main concern is mornings and river crossings. I normally take "water shoes" to the beach but that is in the summer time. I have some good sandals too that I can take. I will need something for the 2 bigger rivers. Warm in water socks? Rain Cover for the pack? Other things I am missing?
All comments are welcome.