On the road again

Hiking Trip # 2 – Keene Valley

July 28-July 30

keene valley

Dave and I finally got some free time to go hiking again!  We have both been working hard so we couldn’t wait to escape for a couple of days.  Friday night is kind of a haze.  I didn’t get out of work until 7 and Dave didn’t get done with soccer until around 8:30, which didn’t give us much time to pack.  I helped a little more on the packing end since I knew what we had packed last time.  Let’s just say our hiking gear was not neat and orderly like the picture below…

neat packed

Our hiking gear, although very well organized in Dave’s hiking gear closet, looked like it had been thrown all over the basement.  There were boxes of food all over the place, bags everywhere, shoes scattered around the room, piles of clothing…well you get the picture! It was too embarrassing to even take a picture of!  Eventually we got everything nice and organized.

Dave put himself in charge of preparing the meals.  For breakfast each morning we packed oatmeal and coffee (Starbucks Via instant coffee..amazing little invention!).  Since we would be hiking all day, we packed trail mix, cornuts and sesame sticks, honey packets, naan bread, cheese and pepporoni to snack on throughout the day.  Let me tell you what, that pepperoni and cheese tastes soooo good on the top of a mountain! Dinner items included: macaroni and cheese mixed with dehydrated beef, mashed potatoes with gravy and corn, and then a ramen noodle combination.  These may sound gross but after a long day of hiking, they taste sooo good and fill you up quick! Wine also made the packing list (thank goodness!!).  Since we wouldn’t pass any lean-tos on this hike, we had to pack the tent to sleep in.  Everything else we packed was pretty much the same as last time.  By the time everything was packed and ready for the morning, it was already 11pm! To bed we went!

Once again, we decided to get up super early (4am!) on Saturday morning and leave.  It took us about 5 hours to get to the Ausable Club in Keene Valley.  We parked in the St. Hubert parking lot that is located next to the Ausable Club.  The Ausable Club reminded me of the movie set from Dirty Dancing.  The main house had the same look to it.  It was GORGEOUS!!

ausable club

We had stopped at a gas station about an hour before we got there to fill up our camelbacks, get one last cup of coffee and eat our yummy pre-hike peanut butter and honey sandwiches for breakfast.  Once we parked at St. Hubert’s, we did some last minute rearranging of items in the packs, making sure the necessities were easy to get to and changed into our hiking clothes.  Our plan was to knock off 9 peaks over the course of saturday and sunday.  I thought that was a pretty lofty goal, but better to over plan than under plan.  Once we reached this gate (below), it was off into the woods for the weekend with Dave.

wooden gate

What do you mean I can’t pack 5……..?!?!

Alright, I’ll admit to it! I am the QUEEN of overpacking.  It doesn’t matter how long I’m going for (a day, a weekend, a week) I like to be prepared!  That means I usually pack everything that I could ever need while away from home.  For vacations that don’t require you to carry all of you luggage for hours at a time, its acceptable to over pack- although you may pay a pretty penny for a couple suitcases on airplanes these days.

woman overpacking

Hiking, come to find out, has its own rules for packing.  No hair straightener or beauty products on this trip!

EVERYTHING you pack,  you also must carry.  Someone should have told this guy….

            overpacked hiking pack


Those packs get H-E-A-V-Y when you’re climbing up those mountains!  Below I’ve created a list of the items I wanted to pack for our 2.5 day hike.  When I brought these items over to Dave’s so we could pack together, I thought I did a good job of narrowing down the things I wanted to pack in my backpack…Dave did not agree with me on this one.  So there is also my revised list of the clothing items I was allowed to bring.


1 pair hiking shoes                                                             1 pair hiking shoes

1 pair flip-flops                                                                     1 pair flip-flops

4 pairs of socks                                                                    2 pairs of socks

4 pairs of underwear                                                         2 pairs of underwear

2 sports bras                                                                        2 sports bras

2 pairs of convertible pants                                             1 pair of convertible pants

3 short sleeve shirts                                                           1 short sleeve shirt

2 long-sleeve shirts                                                            1 long-sleeve shirts

2 pairs of compression tights                                         1 pair of compression tights

1 fleece jacket                                                                       1 fleece jacket

1 rain jacket and pants                                                      1 rain jacket and pants

1 hat and 1 pair of gloves                                                  1 hat and 1 pair of gloves

  TOTAL # of items:  25                                             TOTAL # of items: 14

Basically, I had to reduce the number of items by almost 1/3!  And surprisingly, I didn’t even use every single item.  There was one pair of socks I did not wear and I didn’t need the gloves.  I would have kicked my self in the butt if I had packed to original 25 items!  I guess you don’t always need to pack your whole dresser to go on a trip!  Dave helped me pack the perfect amount!!


That’s all for now but I’ll have another packing post on the actual gear we took and used!