Hello all. I'm just getting into the sport (I'm 32). My dad (in his 60's) has always wanted to be dropped off in a stream in the Gifford Pinchot and walk it until it connected back up with the Cowlitz. I'd imagine this will take 3 to 4 days... We want do it next summer. I'd like to do everything I can to be ready by then to make it a memorable trip. If there are any resources out there or if any of you guys would consider sharing your experience doing something like this, I would be grateful. Things on my mind: What's a good rod for something like this? What kind of pack weight am I looking at? Is there any possible way to keep it under 20? I was thinking hiking hammocks would be superior to tents Is a waterproof bag recommended? What about putting your gear in an inflatable raft? If you've done anything like this, what did you wish you left home and what did you wish you brought with you? Thanks guys!