I started my pack list a month before my departure date, and I started physically organizing and packing things a smidge over a week before my departure date. As I write this on Wednesday, 4 days before my departure date, I'm hella stressed about it. I know I've got all the things I need, which honestly is part of the problem! I forgot, in my silliness, that airlines probably wouldn't take kindly to me trying to fly with crampons, an ice axe, and trekking poles in my carryon. I hadn't envisioned checking any bags when I was visualizing my transportation situation, so I had to scramble to figure out a solution! I ended up buying a 70L duffel that will JUST fit my trekking poles and ice axe, which will also allow me more room in my carryon and an easier experience flying through my various destinations.
I've got a good handle on everything, but yesterday's scrambling to figure out the duffel solution still has me a tad anxious!
However, I am proud of how the packing went. I somehow managed to fit everything onto my poor hyperlite. I had to strap a bunch of stuff to the outside, mostly climbing gear, but it goes! The only time I'll have to walk for a significant period with ALL my things on my back will be the backpacking in Jotunheimen NP in Norway, and hopefully then I'll still be able to share some of the load with my glacier pal, Håvard.
I'm super excited to get started with the trip! apparently B, my caving friend in Alabama, is organizing a bonfire at his house while I'm visiting! More on that to come, but first I have to show off pictures from my packing day yesterday!
I discuss my packing experience, go over some difficulties I had in the process, and some of the implications of my packing for the trip!