Lightweight Thru-Hiking Gear: Backpacking Tarp Set-Up with ZPacks Arc Blast
Back from my Sheltowee Trace thru-hike, I break down my gear, especially the “big three” — my backpack, shelter, and sleep system.
Backpack: ZPacks Arc Blast 60L
Shelter: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 8 1/2 foot square tarp (cuben fiber)
Marmot summer down sleeping bag
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite (small)
Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight Bivy
Non-slip rug pad (two small pieces)
Tyvek 1443 R
This was the gear I used on my recent Sheltowee thru-hike. The Sheltowee Trace is a 324-mile trail that runs (in the direction I hiked) from the Southern Terminus at the Burnt Mill Bridge Trail Head in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, through Cumberland Falls and the Red River Gorge, then eventually to the Northern Terminus beyond Morehead, Kentucky.
For the videos of my thru-hike, see this playlist:
The videos referenced in THIS video are as follows —
Five Set-Ups for a Square Tarp:
Smoky Mountains Winter Backpacking:
Lightweight Backpacking Gear List for Summer Hiking:
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