rkroeger wrote: ↑
Jan 09 2018 3:06 pm
The concept of the spreadsheet seems intimidating. I am just planning section by section using a word document, and by actually writing on the maps I will be taking with me. I am banking on that being enough.
While still at home I used a spreadsheet because I find it easier to organize (one line for each day, different kinds of information in different columns) but before I went on the trail I printed it out on just one double-sided sheet of paper that I used for reference on the trail (with a pdf backup on my phone). But I'm sure what you are planning to do works equally well.
Changing subjects- does anyone have recommendations on tents? I have a sweet Sierra Design Flashlight 1 FL that I really like, but I just went and hiked around Death Valley only to discover that there is no way that bad boy is getting staked into hard ground. So I think that tent is out... I have another tent that is easy to set up, only problem is it weighs 4 lb 9 oz with poles, tent, and rainfly. Buuuuuut I am kinda leaning towards it because I already own it.
I really loved my Tarptent Double Rainbow on the AZT. Lightweight (41oz, or 35oz for the 1-person version), lots of space, quick to set up and very versatile. It needs 6 stakes. You can make it self-standing using your trekkingpoles but that only works if there is no wind, which is rarely the case on the AZT so I've never used it that way.
However, there are two downsides to this tent:
1) The tent is partly single skin, which means you will get condensation. Not a big problem in dry Arizona.
2) It's one piece. This can be an advantage or a disadvantage. The tent is very easy and quick to set up or break up because of it. But when it is wet (from rain or condensation) it is more difficult to knock out the water than it would be when you have a separate flysheet.
Anyway, I would definitively bring this tent again if I were to hike the AZT again and I'm planning to use it this year on the PCT.
On the AZT I never had problems hammering the stakes into the ground using a stone, but I sometimes had to put heavy stones on top when camping with high winds and soft soil.