Going off for more than a day or two with all food, water, and shelter on yr. back is a big deal, at least for me. The very idea of being independent of cars, buildings, and people is exhilarating, but also serious. No backup. I learned a lot:
Go lighter. Here are a few lightweight items I learned about for this trip: clockwise from top left: Snowpeak titanium pot, nesting cup, 4″ x 5,” from REI; blue propane tank and Snowpeak Gigapower tiny stove – fits in white box, 1-1/2 x 2 x 3-1/2,” ignition starter; Thermarest Neolite Xlite mattress — ultralight, comfy (buy from Zappos); lower left, Solo Stove, wood burning survival stove, the alternative to gas or propane, boils water fast with twigs. Plus Kevin Kelly says he just discovered an ultrlight stand-alone tent, which he ‘s going to put on Cool Tools.
More water. A lot more. Plus, I think, electrolytes.
Go slower. Afterwards I realized I was going non-stop. Over 10 hours the 1st day. I need more down (explore) time.
Beach Camping has its own specific requirements. Tides, wind, scarcity of water
Future trips: Doing this opened up the world of walking cross-country to me. Soon I’ll go from my doorstep into San Francisco. Swim across Bolinas channel (this channel I can handle!), then to the Golden Gate Bridge completely on trails, no pavement. This’ll be a cinch after my trip. Maybe 6 hours. Another trip in future: hike the Lost Coast in Humboldt County…