Zenbivy: What item(s) in your pack would you describe as "luxury items"?
Snackbar:The Rawlogy mini massage ball is one of my “luxury” items. Totally travel sized and like having a spa day in your tent. If you’re hiking big mile days for me this is a must have item.
Z:What is the strangest thing in your pack?
S:Lego hiker. Sent to me by my dad and totally unnecessary (it’s a toy) but it brings me a lot of joy and lil’ Snackbar is quite photogenic.
Z: What is the least favorite piece of gear you are carrying and why?
S:My Trekking Poles. Now this is a somewhat complex situation. I thought I enjoyed using poles while hiking (I have in the past) so I am carrying a shelter this year that pitches using the trekking poles (first time with this style of shelter) however I haven’t used my poles to hike in nearly two months (I just find having my hands free and relying on my legs more comfortable) and they take up quite a bit of space on the outside of my pack/weigh more than most ultralight tent poles sets. If I had known I was going to hike without poles I would be carrying a more traditional tent and not have to deal with strapping the trekking poles to my pack each morning.
Z: What is your favorite piece of gear (not Zenbivy) you are carrying and why?
S:My pack! Legitimately could not be happier with the size, comfort, features and durability of my 40 liter Crestone pack from Neighborhood Packs. Being in love with the piece of gear I ask the most of is quite a treat! Many hikers go the whole trail with a pack that doesn’t fit properly or is too large for their overall needs, not this hiker (humble brag?)
A few days later we reached the 1800 mile mark. Heading into the White Mountains for our first 4,000 footer of the state. The climb up to Mt Moosilauke was grueling and we got our first taste of what it was going to be like hiking in the true north.
Near the end of Massachusetts (mile 1548) we crossed a road by a small farmhouse that provides an awesome Trail Stand stocked with cold drinks, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. A little over halfway through August we made it to Vermont and intersected with The Long Trail. Running the length of the state of Vermont, it is the...
The first item I was immediately satisfied with (surprising so, I might add) was my switch to an insulated water bottle. Regular water carries also were a treat as the fresh spring water would often still be cold when I reached camp for the evening. Doesn’t hurt to pour a few tall boys into it while leaving a gas station and be the shelter hero at the end of the day either.