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ButterflyEffect  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Trip Report: Jasper and Banff National Parks, Alberta, CA

Major Gear

Osprey Aether AG 70L. Amazing pack. The anti-gravity systems does such a good job reducing the load on your body. The top-lid is a convertible day pack. There's a ton of room, and it's versatile enough that I could use it for 3 day trips or 2 week trips if I really wanted to. Can't recommend this pack enough.

Nemo Galaxi 2. Okay, so, this tent is amazing for camping. But it sucks for backpacking. It's too heavy, and the stuff sack it came with was barely big enough to fit everything, to the point it ripped on my last day out there. Definitely getting a lightweight one person tent in the future.

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag. See above. It's a great sleeping bag for camping. Not so great for backpacking. It's not necessarily the weight, so much as it's way too bulky even when it's rolled up. I'd like to get a down sleeping bag in the future to keep weight and space down.

Food

Note: There was a fire ban in effect otherwise this would have worked out a bit different.

Snacks:

Made my own trail mix! Lots of peanuts, coconut flakes, mango slices (Trader Joes has some great "Just Mango" slices that are very high in Vitamin A). Protein Bars. Banana Chips...so many banana chips...energy gel.

Breakfast:

Oatmeal and/or Protein Bars. I tried instant coffee but at elevation it affects me a lot and isn't a good time, so I stopped that pretty quick. I think I'm going to try dehydrated milk and more products from Nuun/GU.

Lunch:

Pasta, whole wheat tortillas with almond butter, things along those lines.

Dinner:

Lentil and split pea soup, mac and cheese, rice and beans, lots of carbs and enough protein to get by. With the trail mix adding fat over the course of the day I generally wasn't too hungry, but I think I need to revisit to have more vitamins in the mix.

Routes

I was surprised by how well marked everything was! I had topographic maps and a compass, but was able to navigate pretty easily without them. There weren't any points where I was completely turned around or missed the trail. With how many backcountry sites there are up there you'd likely hit one eventually even if you were lost.

Nope, no canister requirements! Thank God, those things are bulky and heavy! They are required in parts of WA state though, so I own one anyway. The bear poles are really, really nice. No traction issues but if I went a month earlier crampons or micro-spikes would have been a necessity. The snow was melted down enough and soft enough that you could walk across with hiking shoes and trekking poles no problem!