Strangest Rainbow I Ever Saw. Near Cat Basin, Olympic National Park.

Not sure where I am now in this planning blog. What have I talked about so far?

Part One:

  • Shelter
  • Backpack

Part Two:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove
  • Food Storage

Shoe Review: Think I’ll expand on this later.


Suppose my first aid and repair kit is a good place to begin. I am not one to be overly concerned about bringing an entire ER unit with me so my kit is quite simple and includes basic items in the event that me or my gear get injured. Quite often its my gear.


  • A few assorted bandages
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Iodine
  • Alcohol Prep Pad. (hmm, why do I carry that?)
  • Sting Relief Pad
  • Tick remover
  • Safety pin
  • Moleskin
  • Aqua Mira Drops
  • Tylenol and Excedrin
  • Sewing kit
  • Goretex patch
  • Klymit patch
  • Tenacious tape
My First Aid Kit. For Me And Gear.

Also in my essentials kit is fire starter stuff. I seldom have a campfire but on occasion they are nice. Mostly a fire is reserved for my stove.


  • Storm matches
  • Lighter
  • Vargo flint
  • Solid fuel tablet
  • Wetfire
  • Spark-Lite tabs
My Fire Starter Kit


For over 20 years I used a General Ecology First Need Deluxe. To this day I feel it is the best water purifier on the market and it remains in my emergency kit. However, a water purifier seems to be a little overkill. At this time I don’t think we have much to worry about virus in our water throughout the USA, so a water filter should work just fine.

My first test was a SteriPen. It failed on me in 3 hikes and I have absolutely nothing good to say about it. I am not going to elaborate but if you really want to know, you’re welcome to contact me. Beyond its poor functionality, having to carry batteries is crazy. It doesn’t filter out nor kill the nasties, it only sterilizes them so they can’t reproduce, a state they can reactivate from given the right conditions.

All last year I used a Sawyer PointONE filter and I really like it. The ability to hike without having to carry water was nice. I have a bad habit of not drinking much water while hiking and the Sawyer fixed that issue. A quick stop to fill my bottle at streams and continue down the trail drinking fresh water kept me hydrated.

Both the 16 and 32 ounce pouches were terrible. Neither of those sizes finished a trail without leaking where the pouch is bonded to the threads. At first I thought I was squeezing too hard or rolled it too tightly, but that was not it. If you look at how sharp of a point the hard plastic is where bonded to the pouch, it doesn’t take much of an engineer to see that it will cut a hole. The 64 ounce pouch doesn’t seem to have this problem and I am still able to use my original one for those times above treeline and sections with no water.

I figured it was their way of insuring income after selling a filter that is suppose to last one million gallons. After much denial I hear they have now redesigned the pouches to fix this issue.

Barefoot Jake and I found a better solution using a Aquafina water bottle. Not all water bottle threads work so test to make sure the Sawyer threads onto your bottle before you hit the trail.

To Be Continued…


Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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