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What should I carry and how should I carry it?
When you add up the Databook, the Companion, the Handbook, and the maps, not to mention any additional documentation or journal paper you want to carry, the weight really adds up. I came up with an unusual way to handle all that information without breaking my back.
WARNING! - I've been told you need good eyesight for this...
For the Databook, I copied and reduced all the pages and eventually got the entire databook onto three sheets of double-sided, 8.5 x 11" paper. I only carried the sheet with the current section on it. Occasionally, that meant carrying two pages.
For the Companion, I did the same thing. I was able to get 14 pages on a double sided sheet. Once again, usually, I only needed to carry one or two pages at a time. Granted, I had a lot of maildrops.
For the Handbook, I didn't start with it and hadn't planned on carrying it, but ended up having my support rip it up and send me appropriate sections.
My Wilderness First Aid book fits on one sheet of paper.
For my personal information such as contact information for friends I wanted to be in touch with along the trail, and important dates, I did much the same thing, I printed them in a very small font on double sided paper. I think it fit on one sheet.
In my maildrops, I sent notebook paper that I folded in with the other papers I was carrying. I also sent myself appropriate maps for the next section of trail. To be safe, I usually sent the maps a bit early and ended up carrying at least one extra at times, but I like looking at maps and did not want to take chances with them being late.
Excluding the weight of the maps, my whole paper packet couldn't have weighed more than a couple of ounces at any given point in time.
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