ALEX MASON aka PUFF PUFF GEAR & WISDOMS
• Sawyer Squeeze Filter
• Jet Boil w/ Ignitor
• Altra Lone Peak
• Osprey Exos
• Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider
• Zpacks Sleeping Bag 10 degree
• Neo Air Therm-A-Rest
• Big Agnes Copper Spur
• I go stoveless sometimes. So normally during a trail I will have a stove and then I’ll get sick of everything you could possibly eat from a stove and I will mail it to myself somewhere else and pick it up again in the hope that I may have, you know, forgotten the pain of eating all that stuff in the stove and start eating it again.
• So I tend to do about half the trail with a stove and half the trail stoveless.
• I basically live on twix bars and chips… and of course candy.
• A lot of people can comment on what I eat. But what you have to think about is
what you can actually put in your mouth and swallow.
• Your tastes change as well, so what you may like off the trail you might not like when you’re on the trail. And the weather effects it as well.
• I’ve never fallen out of love with a twix bar!
• Everyone’s talking about the snow all the time. Are you going to beat the snow? So going North, it’s will the snow have melted and going South it’s will you beat the snow. So it’s just constant snow talk.
• SOBO PCT – There’s all this talk about you need to get to the end of the Sierra’s by kinda like the third week of October. Definitely by Halloween. Also because Kennedy Meadows shuts down.
• I think people kinda forget that your experience has been so much more than just that
period of time you’re on the trail.
• Happiness isn’t like a thing you find and then that’s it. You don’t just find happiness,
you have to find happiness in everyday things.
• It’s important to not forget about the day you’re on.
• You’re not going to know if you like it until you try it.
• Start off hiking with whatever you want to hike and you soon, very quickly,
learn that you either want to carry it or you don’t.
• Do loads of research, make a plan but then be prepared to throw your plan in the fire like the first night.
• It’s your experience alone and that’s the most important thing.
• If you’re prepared for it (the cold), I would generally boil some water in my jet boil, put it in a
bottom and put that at the bottom of my sleeping bag to keep my feet warm.
Cause when you get cold feet it’s really hard for the rest of your body to warm up.
• My recommendation for shoes is try as many different pairs on as you can
and find the ones that are most comfortable.