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So I just completed my first backpacking trip. It was a great time and very much a success. It was at the same time a learning experience. I took a lot of pointers from this site and others like it, and applied them to my adventure (such as creating an inventory of all items taken).
We went to Jones Spring (non-motorized) Recreational Area near Townsend WI last Friday and came Back on Sunday afternoon. The weather was extremely cooperative for April in Wisconsin which was a bit tricky to pack for. Temps varied from Mid 70s on Friday to below freezing over Saturday night, and rain on Sunday. I had everything packed from shorts and T-Shirt to raingear, fleece layers, and long underwear, which felt like I was overpacking, but I indeed ended up wearing everything I brought.
My new boots and pack worked out very well as we hiked in 6 miles on Friday, got a late start on Saturday but still put in 7.5 miles, and hiked out about 2.5 miles late on Sunday morning.
I learned that I brought up about 1.5 days too much food, and found out the hard way that my sleeping bag (a conversion rectangle/mummy bag by Wenger) provided insufficient warmth and was WAY too big, approx 2x the size of my friend's synthetic Alps 20 degree bag. Other than that my equipment was just about right.
I have another trip tentatively planned for later in the summer which I am really excited for. I have been bitten by the backpacking bug. As someone who has been car/base camping for over 10 years, I found another more challenging activity to set my sites on.