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Laurel Highlands Trail Facts & Links

Total distance: 70 miles

Western terminus: Youghiogheny River Gorge, Ohiopyle State Park

Eastern terminus: Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, PA

Blaze color: yellow

A Permit is required for overnight camping.
Call (412) 455-3744 for reservations.

A guide book and maps of the trail are available from the Sierra Club of Pittsburgh. Send $6.00, plus $1.50 postage (and 7% tax for PA residents) to:

Bob Roth
80 Rose Leaf Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Checks should be made out to Allegheny Group, Sierra Club.

Trail brochures are also available by contacting:

Laurel Ridge State Park
RD #3, Box 246
Rockwood, PA 15557
(412) 455-3744

For more information, visit the
Laurel Highlands National Scenic Trail
official website.

Ramkitten's Gear Reviews

Ramkitten's Packing-for-Backpacking Checklist



My Journal: Laurel Highlands Trail

Pre-hike entry #2
March 4, 2003

For lack of anything else to write about my upcoming hike, I thought I'd share my gear list. No idea what it weighs yet, because I haven't packed it up and set it on the scale. Oh wait ... I don't have a scale. (Scales make me sad.) But I'd guess all of the following, including seven days of food and two full water bottles will be 40 to 42 pounds. I can't shave weight on the sleeping bag, though; late March can still be pret-ty cold in them there mountains, and there's no room in the budget for a new, lighter-weight winter bag. I'll need to sell more books first. (Hint, hint, plug, plug.) So here's the list:

Kelty Tornado internal frame backpack
Kelty Polaris HV minus-15-degree sleeping bag
Z-rest 3/4-length sleeping pad
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlite tent (2-man)
Leki trekking poles (no shock-absorbers on mine)
12 Esbit fuel tablets and Esbit "stove"
Aluminum cook pot w/ lid, windscreen, pot-gripper, lighter
Lexan spoon
Polar Pure iodine-in-solution
Bottoms Up water bottle-and-filter in one
1-liter soda-turned-water bottle
Fleece pullover
2 midweight thermal tops
2 midweight thermal bottoms
Marmot shell
Koulius Zaard fleece-lined tights
Nylon, zip-off pants/shorts
Nylon shorts
1 non-cotton t-shirt
3 pairs of synthetic socks
2 pairs of sock liners
Short gaiters
Sandals
2 bandanas
Fleece hat
Glove liners
Toilet paper
Mini-brush, mini-toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste
Aspirin, Moleskin, bandaids, Duct tape (mostly for blister prevention)
Pocket knife with mini-scizzors
Trail Map
Pen/paper for journal
ID, calling card, credit card
Camera and film

7 days of food, including...
5 Lipton rice/ pasta meals
1 mac-n-cheese
6 bagels for sandwiches w/ 3 packages of tuna and deli packets of mayo, 8oz. Colby cheese and 2 sticks summer sausage
Granola cereal and deydrated milk
7 granola/candy bars and trail mix
6 packets of hot cocoa (which I'll drink out of my cook pot)

--Ramkitten

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