Getting Ready for PA: Pack Weight & Water

Woohoo!!! Headed to Pennsylvania tomorrow for a section hike on the AT! We will be out 8 days, with a hotel stop in Lehigh Gap.  I have been working on my pack all week, you know, so it wasn’t completely overwhelming here on the day before I leave. I have a Dana Designs Mazama pack. Not the newest or the lightest, but it is my backpack and I love it.  It has a lot of pockets and helps me organize my stuff! image As you can see I actually have it fully packed this morning.  It’s a good idea to check the total weight before slinging the pack on for that first big climb out of Port Clinton, PA! Here is what is in the pack:

In the mushroom cap:
First Aid
Headlamp &Extra batteries
Pocket knife

In the Main Cavity: Sleeping Bag
Cooking Stuff including Esbit stove/fuel tabs
Food for 4 days
Extra Clothes-Exofficio lightweight bug pants, long sleeved lightweight pullover, extra socks, and a windbreaker pullover.
Water bladder & water bottle

In the Outside Middle Pockets
Bug spray
Water Filter
Toilet Paper/Hand sanitizer
Gatorade bottle

In the Bottom Pockets Poncho Pack
Cover Hat

In the Back Net
Camp shoes

Total weight = 31 lbs

I always come in at about 30. I am okay with this weight.


During the summer water sources start to dry up. This is the case with the section we are hiking. Most of the time we are on a ridge with little opportunity to access a water source. Since the temps are going to soar into the upper 80s and 90s each day we need to be sure we can stay hydrated. I have space to carry 4 liters plus 20 Oz of Gatorade…but that may not be enough over a full two day period. We have the advantage of having 3 cars with us. We are planning on buying a few jugs of water and placing a car with the jugs in the most critical areas. This should solve the problem…and, honestly, if nothing else, just make us feel better!


So now I am ready. At this point I need to stop thinking and start hiking! Up to the rocks we go! Hike on!

About BoobOnARock

Hiking, the woods, books, my son, my cats and dogs, math, hanging with my sweetie and making fires. what else is there? oh yeah, falling in the woods every once in a is a talent of mine.

14 thoughts on “Getting Ready for PA: Pack Weight & Water

  1. wannahike says:

    Good luck! Keep us posted!

    • BoobOnARock says:

      I keep notes the old fashioned way on the trail, then update the blog when I get home! Looking foward to a good time with a couple of great backpacking pals! 🙂

  2. jimfetig says:

    I’m jealous! Tho – I’m on a maintenance crew week in Shenandoah next week. That’s a decent substitute.

  3. Good luck on the hike. It’s a tough, rocky section once you get past Eckville. I haven’t been on the 309 to Lehigh Gap part yet but have read about it. I’ll let you decide once you’ve done it. I do some of my trail training from Eckville south to the Pinnacle (nice climb going south) and 309 south to the Allentown shelter (mostly gentle ups and downs with a few rocky spots). Used to hunt that area for years. Only hunt with a camera now. March on!

    • BoobOnARock says:

      Good! All this I have heard about PA better be true! I will feel like I have truly done something. I take it one stone at a time. 🙂 We are slack packing out of Lehigh Gap which is very nice!

  4. Good luck and have fun! Take lots of pictures, I miss the trail, even the parts in PA.

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