I did my Colombia trek with the Zulu 40 and it worked perfectly. The pack is made to stay off your back so sweat doesn’t stick to you, which is great in the jungle. I noticed however that the upper compartment on an airplane can easily fit a 65L pack, and not even long-ways, so why go for smaller? Yes, smaller looks neater, but it’s easy enough to tighten the straps and you have the extra room when you have to carry things for other people… so I upgraded. It’s not my go-to summer pack, but I haven’t used it much yet because I broke my leg and well, Covid.
Colombia III – Ciudad Perdida Trek
After the scuba diving I signed up to do the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) trek. It was advertised as being 50km long and four days. What a lie. It turned out to be 73km with three days of actual hiking. Being out of shape, it was brutal for me. I did however get in much better shape than I thought I could in three days.
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One thing that came out of it was realizing I could push myself into much better shape than I thought. When I got home I started running. I’m currently only able to run three miles in just over half an hour, but that’s more than I’ve been able to run without stopping in over twenty years.
Marmot Windshear Shirt
This shirt is sick. I should have bought a dozen of them. It’s like it exists only to block the sun. Wind goes *right* through it. It’s like heaven.
Gregory Zulu 40
Got this because of the four day Cuidad Perdido (Lost City) trek in Colombia. It will be hot and humid. I needed a pack that would keep the gear off my back. The mesh back does the job. I also needed a hip belt because of my shoulder surgery. This was on clearance, so it fit the bill.
It’s quite light by my standards and easily big enough for the trip.
Off-road shoes chosen
I ended up getting The North Face Ultra 110 GTX. I went out today for a rainy hike and they were quite comfortable, light, kept my feet dry through shallow puddles, etc.
We’ll see how well they do in six months.