I have a ton of pics, I'll try and post them up ASAP. I just got back to work, so this thread will be a slow process. If you have any questions please post them up, it may help jog my memory!
Day 1 5 Torre- Citta di Fiume
Day 2Citta' di Fiume -Tissi
Day 3Tissi - Carestiato
Day 4 via Ferrate "Constantini"
Day 5 Carestiato- Pian de Fontana
Day 6 Pian de Fontana - Algordino (Bus Stop)
Pack weight at start: 29lbs with food and 2.5L of water
Granite Gear Meridian Vapor pack w/ cover
Camelbak 100oz bladder
Big Agnes Yampa sleeping bag
Big Agnes Insulated Air core sleeping pad
Peztl Elios Helmet
via Ferrate kit
Ti cookit w/Ti spork
Coleman F1 stove w/ 4 oz MSR fuel
Med/survival/ repair kit
MSR Pack towel
OR "packlite" Goretex jacket and pants
Peztl Tactikka Plus headlamp
Komperdell Alpinista trekking poles
SPF 50 Sun block
Microfiber hand towel (worn on shoulder strap for sweat duties)
Suunto Vector watch
OR Sunrunner hat
Under Armor boxer briefs
ExOfficio "BugOFF" convertable pants
Synthetic running shirt (Adidas I think?)
Columbia hiking socks
Patagonia midweight thermals (top/bottom)
Nike running shorts
2 pair UA underwear
2 pair running socks (worn together)
Columbia hiking socks
I washed my trail clothes every night and wore my pack clothes at night. My trail clothes were almost always dry the next day. The rifugios all provide slippers for wear inside.
There was contraversy amongst the group here. I chose to wear La Sportiva Wildcat trail runners. 1 person went with trail runners that had gortex and the other 2 went with traditional hiking boots (both Asolo I think).
My thoughts on shoes changed hourly depending on trail conditions. We had a ton of loose rock/ scree, snow fields, muddy livestock trails and a little bit of scrambling thrown in for fun. In the snow and muck I was unhappy. But each morning when I put on my completely dry shoes I was pretty stoked. The next time, I would look for something between a hiker/ trail runner and add some short gaiters for the snow. A stiffer sole and a little more toe protection would have been great in the rocks. That being said I did not experience a single blister or any foot pain other than minor bruising of my pinky toe when I kicked a rock crossing a scree field.
The best part of hiking/climbing here is the rifugios! Alpine Club members general pay about 35 Euro for half pension. Thats generally a 2-3 course dinner, breakfast and a bed for the night! Some of the food was just "good" and some was incredible! Breakfast was pretty typical european fare of bread and jam. Dinner was a hearty soup or pasta dish, followed by a meat dish and side and if you were lucky a desert! Wine and beer was also avialable for a reasonable price. We were probably consuming 3-5k in calories just from the rifugios. If you wanted to you could easily plan your trip to eat lunch at a rifugio as well.
2-3 protein/ energy bars per day
A gallon bag of trail mix (I used this to fill a smaller bag that was easily accesible)
1 freeze dried meal (back up in case we had to bivy a night)
Camelbak electrolyte tabs 1 regular and 1 with caffiene.
I brought a variety of energy bars and consumed them on the trail. We averaged about 8hrs of walking a day at a pretty good pace. We rarely stopped for a break longer than a minute or two to snap some pics. My favorite bars were; Detour, Balance Bar; Optimum Energy and Muscle Milk. They pretty much all held up great and tasted like candy bars. The Balance Bar was the only on that showed any signs of melting.
Trail Mix Recipe:
Honey Teddy Grahams
I thought my mix was a good mix of salty and sweet and held up very well. A couple of the other guys added more dried fruit or chocolate bits and ended up with congealed messes.
In the end I had about 1/2 days food left. I thought that was a good amount for a reserve in case of a problem.