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Where's Izzy, Backpacking Edition

The Spot for my Longer Blog Posts, packing lists, and always honest experiences


My Time-Tested Week Long Backpacking List


  • Wear: Patagonia Barely Baggies, Patagonia lightweight top, injinji hiking toe socks, Athleta sports bra, good underwear, Altra trail runners

  • XT top, XT shorts, 3 more underwear, 1 more bra, 4 XT socks

  • Rain jacket

  • Long sleeve

  • Camp sweats

  • Buff headband

  • Chacos


  • Puffy

  • Hat and gloves


  • LifeStraw Nalgene

  • 2 regular nalgenes

  • Steripen

  • Electrolytes


  • Bobo Bars

  • Whole Foods dried mangos

  • Cliff energy blocks

  • Cliff Protein bars

  • Vermont Smoke and Cure beef sticks

  • Gluten Free Honey Stinger Waffles

  • Kate’s Real Food bars

  • Organic instant coffee

  • A ginger nub

  • Unbreakable spoon

  • Camp mug

  • My secret spice mix

  • One portion of Alani preworkout

  • Cooking oil/butter 

  • Ingredients for real food meals

  • Freeze dried meals



  • Osprey Aura AG 65 liter pack

  • Carabiners on outside of pack

  • Sleeping pad / pack pillow

  • Sleeping bag (don’t recommend, not listing brand)

  • Poles

  • Headlamp & batteries, 

  • First aid kit & emergency cash inside

  • Bug spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Portable charger

  • Pack towel

  • Garmin InReach Mini

  • Empty trash ziplock

  • Cheap Kula Cloth (a simple bandana)

  • Stove and plenty of fuel

  • Pocket knife

  • Duct tape

  • Clips 

  • Pack cover

  • Ankle brace 

  • Designated blister popping safety pin

  • 5 second rule card game

  • Reservation paperwork


  • Hair elastics

  • Bath wipes

  • Toilet paper

  • Prescriptions 

  • Toothbrush

  • Deodorant

  • Comb

  • Aquaphor

  • Sunscreen 

  • Nail clippers

  • Diva cup

  • Face wash

  • Lip balm

  • Contacts



47 miles in Baxter State Park. Wassataquoik Stream. Russell Pond. Hamlin Peak. Wassataquoik Lake. Green Falls. Grand Falls. And a surprise evacuation out Pogy Notch.

Nothing short of unforgettable. Linked below.


Wilson & Breadloaf

9 miles made for the perfect trip while leading a beginner backpacking trip. Undoubtedly the best way to bag two "boring" Hundred Highest peaks.


Western NH AT

~40 miles from Hanover to Route 25C along the AT started the 2023 season with a bang. An incredible route for some beautiful but earned character building.



A college-weekend staple. Stunning shelter, sunset bench, and a quick hike out. Enjoy the contrast between my old and current writing style.

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