Took an overnight backpacking trip to the Sky Lakes Wilderness Sunday-Monday September 23-24th 2018. This was my first time going backing overnight solo. I have been wanting to try a solo trip for some time now. I really wanted to find out if I was up to spending the night alone in the wilderness miles from any public roads and other people. Getting away from other people didn’t totally work out because the area I was in is pretty popular this time of year but I was far from any roads. I chose the Sky Lakes Wilderness because I’ve been there a few times before and its a great place to backpack. Also its popular enough that if I did end up in trouble I could probably find help.
I started my trip at the Cold Spring trail head 11 miles off highway 140 in southern Oregon and ended the day 17 miles later at Grass lake. I returned basically the same way but took PCT to Ridge trail then followed route I took in back to Cold Springs trail head.
My plan for this trip was to recon areas of the Sky Lakes Wilderness that I haven’t yet visited and also to get away for a while. It worked out pretty well with a few exceptions. I didn’t do my homework on what kind of elevation gain there was passing over Devils Peak and I still had a difficult time sleeping like my last backpacking trip. The lack of sleep drove me to cut the trip short and push pretty hard my second day so I could make it back to my pickup and go home. The trip was by no means a bust though. I saw a large mountain lion on the PCT section of the trail and spotted a few great camping sites.
Gear I took on trip:
- Osprey Atmos AG 50 Pack
- REI Co-Op Passage 1 Tent
- Marmont NanoWave 35 Sleeping Bag
- Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad
- Klymit Luxe Pillow
- Snow Peak GigaPower Auto Stove with fuel canister
- GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot
- Snow Peak Titanium Spork
- Sawyer Mini Water Filter
- REI Co-Op Flexlite Chair
- Osprey Hydraulics LT Reservoir
- Suunto M-3 D Leader Compass and area map
- Outdoor Research Bug Out Gaiters (never used them though)
- Leki Micro Vario Ti COR-Tech Trekking Poles
- Petzi Tikka Headlamp
- Pocket Guide to Outdoor Survival
- Adventure Medical Kit
- Sea to Summit Head Net with Insect Shield
- REI Co-Op Multi Towel Small
- Ben’s Spray Pump Insect Repellent
- Waterproof Matches
- Kershaw Pocket Knife
- Mini Tripod
- Canon Powershot SX 230 HS
- Wet Wipes
- Clothes (Kuhl Renegade Convertible Pants, Scarpa Zen Pro shoes, 3 pairs Darn Tough Socks, 2 pairs ExOfficio underwear, Columbia Tamaimi 2 shirt, Marmot Windridge T-Shirt, Smartwool PHD beanie, Smartwool NTS mid 250 crewneck, Basic sweater, Columbia rain Jacket)
- Food (Forgot to make list but mostly protein bars, Mountain House meals and snacks)
- Stetson Hat
I probably forgot something but that’s pretty much all the gear I brought. I’ll post reviews of the gear I haven’t already reviewed soon. As a fairly new backpacker I’ve still got a lot of gear kinks to work out. I’m fairly happy with most of my gear. If I take many more trips that include more than 10 mile per day I’ll have to try and lighten up my load some though. I don’t have a lot of money to spend so this is something I’ll do as my budget allows. I think my next major gear purchase will be a quilt to replace my sleeping bag. I really don’t like sleeping bags, especially mummy bags.