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Marlowe Heredy : Wow. You dropped almost 10lbs off your pack! That is awesome. I'm enjoying the updates. Thanks for the video.

Blazentoo : Nice job lowering pack weight..missed ur gear vid but sounds like you need to switch to a super cat stove should only take about an ounce of alcohol to boil water but if you plan to cook more than water might want to switch to canister stove..tks for update good luck and looking forward to the next one

wheendar : check for ticks!

Tripper Does : Stop at Dividing Ridge in Hampton TN. Say hi to Riff-Raff and let us know if you need anything.

Erin Martel : Wait till you drop to 30 then 20 lbs. It feels so good. Also whenever things get weird make time to have human interaction once in awhile. Have a great trip!!! Great vid!

Stoshels : Thanks for sharing your adventure! Much love from Reddit!

Ian Wright : Keep it up! We're rooting for you!

Alfred David Ulvog : Just wondering how everything is going. When you can update, please do!

AcousticVet : Just subbed, looking forward to following your progress!

Eat Carbs Outdoors : Good stuff brother Thanks for the video

no thanks : Keep safe and smart out there, and enjoy!

Matthew Singer : Steve, you're a bold man starting a northbound trek this early. The worst is yet to come. Most northbounders start in March and still run into hairy conditions in the Smokies. When I saw your starting pack weight was over 40 lbs, I knew you committed the most common blunder of wannabe through hikers - carrying too much gear, and bringing gear that is too big and/or heavy. Granted, your pack will be heavier to account for winter gear at the moment, and will hopefully get lighter as spring approaches. I'm not sure what you've replaced so far, but here are some thoughts in case they help you get through North Carolina. 1. Sleeping bag - I don't know what you were using, but don't skimp here. Get an ultralight down-filled 0-degree bag. They are costly, but worth it. Or better yet, a quilt. A 0-degree quilt from enlightened equipment ought to keep you warm though the high peaks of the Smokies, and be versatile enough to still use when summer hits when you reach the middle states or New England. 2. I noticed you started with a steel cook set and swapped it out for titanium. Good man. Alcohol stove, check. You should be good there, just carry enough fuel and cook in sheltered locations. 3. Sleeping pad - You said you had a Klymit Static-V. Not the lightest of pads, but I suppose it will do. I'm assuming you had the insulated version. If not, you definitely need an insulated pad. If it was still cold - you are pushing these things to their thermal limits - get a Thermarest Ridgerest to carry until April or so and put that under your inflatable pad for extra insulation. If you want to save some weight, the Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm is a better, though more expensive option. 4. Thermals are great, especially for sleeping in. Again, I don't know what you are using, but you can find super lightweight base layers that still keep you warm. 5. The tarp isn't a bad idea to have, but shelters are generally spaced so close together that you can reliably make it to one. Keep an ultralight sil-nylon or sil-poly tarp. They are both nicer and lighter than the generic green nylon tarps you can get at Dick's or Wal Mart. You definitely don't need a tent, especially since you're ahead of the crowds and will find ample shelter space. Stay warm, and don't be surprised if you need some snowshoes.