Prepping for the 2011 Everglades
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The Everglades Challenge is an endurance paddle/sailing race
in Florida. It runs from Tampa Bay to Key Largo, a distance
of about 300 miles which must be completed in 8 days or less.
You can find out more at Watertribe.com
These are my sailing clothes - hat and glasses, 2 shirts,
2 pair of pants, and several pair of skivvies. Everything
is quick-dry nylon. I need two pair of outerwear because as
the youngest guy in the boat, I'm the one who has to go over
the side if the need arises.
I have one more complete set of clothing for
Camp Clothes - clothes that won't be worn except if we are
stopped. I included a pair of long-johns, watch cap, gloves,
and socks (it can get surprisingly cold during the night
in Florida in March.)
This is my food for 8 days: 5 Clif Bars and one can of Pink
Salmon a day. Look, I know it sounds crazy, but it really
isn't. It's 1430cal and 94g of protein, nearly complete nutrition,
excellent fiber, and all without blowing out sodium or carbs.
PLUS, I can carry it all with me on the plane - no futzing
around in an unknown town, trying to find what I want for
food. And it costs under $6 per day.
That thing under the can of salmon is a single serving of
Zipfizz, a energy drink that is mixed with water. We sail
all night and these things really keep me awake.
This is my sleep system - a 1.1lbs, 40° sleeping bag
with a 10° insert (in the compression sack) and a mattress
pad rolled inside a bivy sack.
Electronics. As much as possible, I've tried to standardize
on devices that use AA batteries. The spare battery pack for
my VHF radio, small Mag Light, GPS, and SPOT satellite tracker
all use AAs.
The boat will have a 12V electrical system, so I have rechargers
for the VHF and my waterproof cell phone.
The GPS eats AAs - it only lasts ~ 14 hours per pair - and
that's using Lithiums, of which I have packed 16 plus an additional
dozen regular alkalines. The head-lamp takes AAAs, but it
sees very limited use, so no spares for it.
The strobe uses a single D cell, but I am hoping for very
limited use of it, and so have not packed a spare.
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