Chilkoot: One Month Out

I’ll be setting foot on the Chilkoot Trail in exactly one month from today. I’m like, oh my gosh I need to get everything ready…….and then I’m like, wait, I think I’m ready. I figure that about a week out from departure I’ll check the weather and then I will know what gear I’m taking.

Gear List I from January. I’ll put together my final gear list before I leave.

Even though I almost always travel stoveless. I’m leaning towards taking a stove no matter what the weather is going to be like. Any hint of incliment weather and the stove is definitely going. With low mileage days, there’s going to be lots of time for cooking meals and sipping hot chocolate. Also, water will be plentiful so I won’t have to carry extra water for cooking. This stoveless brain will just have to remember to buy fuel in Skagway!

Things to check on/remember:
~Having to tie my tent to a platform will be new so I need to check my paracord/bunjee stash.
~Weather will determine if I take my XTherm or newly purchased WIDE REI Flash sleeping pad that I want to try out.
~I may switch out my water purification drops for my sawyer squeeze just in case of excessive glacial sediments.
~After the hike I’m going to hit up the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau so I need to remember to bring boots for that. Rain pants too? I’m bringing a duffel bag that my pack with travel in so I’ll have extra room for gear and clothes. I’ll be able to leave the duffel at the lodge in Skagway so that’s extra cool.
~Ummm……don’t forget passport!
~The tendency is to bring lots of food but the hiker hunger will be absent in this short of a trip.
~Might need extra warm clothes for lounging around camp? Legs.
~Book, Cards
~Sony a6300 camera
~Trash compactor bag for Phil

The training has been good this year, close to averaging 15 miles hiking and 20 miles cycling per week. I lost about 20 lbs. in three months. The month of May I’ve not cycled and my miles have dropped off also. My parents have been gone so I’ve been taking care of the mountain which means more time in the garden than on trails. My bicycle developed a problem and I simply have not had time to fix it or get it fixed. When my parents return, I will have two weeks to ramp up training (with backpack) before trail departure. I challenge myself to 25 miles per week during those two weeks.

Here’s what Chilkoot Pass looked like on May 17, so hoping for a bit of melting between now and June 29.