I FINALLY made it to Max Patch along the Appalachian Trail. I’ve seen so many photos tagged there on Instagram, it’s been on my list since we moved back to the Carolinas but we just never got a chance to go.
We used it as an opportunity to do a test run of Backpacking With A Baby. The hike from parking lot to the patch is only ~.75 miles, with our campsite added it was close to a mile. Long enough to see how much weight we can realistically carry, short enough to run back to the car to grab anything we needed or to leave in case of emergency.
Max Patch was absolutely beautiful – everything Instagram led me to believe it would be. We set up camp and wandered back to the patch to hang out until sunset came.
There were hundreds of people waiting with us: surprise proposals and yoga groups and birthday celebrations; young and older folks. Max Patch offers a 360 degree view so we were able to watch the sunset and the moon rising, and I’m not sure which way was prettiest.
We also tried out a lot of new gear. I’ll add some gear reviews in the upcoming weeks, but here’s a quick rundown of the new things we tried out.
Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Carrier: Comfortable to carry Bear in, wish it had more straps for external carry. It’s only a 24 or 26 Liter carry space (Rei’s site and the in-store system have different numbers), and I had to use parachute cord to tie my tent onto my pack.
LuminAid PackLite Nova USB: A handy little lantern with a small pack space that you inflate. This version can be charged solar or via a USB in case of poor sunlight. Several settings, plus an emergency flash beacon.
Gathre Shale Maxi Mat: Not something I would typically bring on a backpacking trip because it is heavy, but it was perfect for lounging on with the babies and while waiting for sundown. I am obsessed with these mats.
GapFit Breathe tie-back tank top: I bought two of these after seeing a girl in barre class wearing them. I love the higher neckline and open back. It can be worn tied or untied, and helped keep my back cool when I was carrying my pack.