Two days to go before we the start of our Hume and Hovell thru-hike. Last night I completed my first pack. I say first pack because on Friday night I’ll pull it all apart and start again to see if I can set it out a bit better and potentially loose some items and with it some weight. Gill has some additional time up her sleeve before we start so she will pack separately.
My pack with three litres of water and all my podcasting gear weights in at 15.54 kg which is typical these days. Initially we are only carrying food for three days which is not a bad thing. Those of you who have been following us for a while may notice from the photo that I have a new pack on this hike, the Osprey Atmos 50 Litre pack and I’m looking forward to giving it a good work out over the coming weeks. Already I’ve noticed an additional level of comfort which will become that much more important when we pick up our first food drop early next week and my pack weight increases by around 3-4 kg.
I’m the heaviest I have ever been at the start of a hike, ever. In fact I am 6 kg up from my Bibbulmun Track hike last year which was high then. In addition, I’m probably the least fit I have been in the past seven years before a hike. I had planned to be both lighter and fitter but life conspired to get in the way. I’m glad we will only be averaging around 22 km a day (down from 32 km per day last year). Our shortest day is around 8 km and there are just two days this time over the 30 km mark.
If this hike follows my usual pattern I should drop at least 8 kg in weight by the end of the 19 day trip.
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Two days to go before we the start of our Hume and Hovell thru-hike. Last night I completed my first pack. I say first pack because on Friday night I’ll pull it all apart and start again to see if I can set it out a bit better and potentially loose some items and with […]