Richard Bucker

Rear review - still too much for a one day hike in big cypress

Posted at — Nov 24, 2016

Back in September I did a short 3 mile hike on the Florida Trail going north from the southern most terminus. The 3 miles took about 3 hours including actual travel time, a few breaks, and some trail maintenance. At the time I was over prepared. I carried too much water, gear, and my pack was just too robust.

In November I did a similar hike but this time heading south from the same starting point. My back was smaller and lighter than the Sept trip but I was still heavy and needed a different core setup.

Gear - this is SUL
Next time
  • 2L or 3L camekback
  • more food - I brought enough for lunch and a snack; I should have had enough for 4 meals and what I had was mostly carbs.
  • better boot repair kit or a second pair of shoes or boots
  • immodium (not sure why it’s missing from my kit)
What I could have left home
  • 2 dehydrated meals
  • stove and pot
  • clothes except socks
  • bushcraft knife
  • spoon
  • fire kit
  • tarp stakes
UPDATE - shopping for a Cambak - Camelbak’s website and Amazon are not helpful at all. I took the gear above and stuffed it into 3 1 gallon Ziplock bags thinking I’s be able to get everything inside a 3L pack. I was wrong. 3 gallons is not the same as 3 liters. DUH! Camelbak offers many different sizes…. but this daypack requirement seems more like a base of 12L for gear and probably another 5-10L for food.