Gear List

There is probably nothing that a Appalachian thru hiker obsesses over more than gear. It’s understandable…you basically are carrying your whole house and everything else you’re going to live off of for the next four to six months on your back. Thus, it’s imperative that the thru hiker carry everything necessary for survival (a sleeping bag, for example), daily living (toilet paper falls in this category) and maintaining a positive attitude and strong mental state (perhaps a paperback book, a harmonica or a bunch of Skittles). However, it’s equally important to consider the weight of each item being placed in your pack . Although it’s easy to validate adding items to your pack with the argument “It’s only a few ounces”, those ounces add up, particularly when you’re carrying the pack everyday for months on end. Sure, a few packs of Skittles may be just the indulgence to help you make it through eight straight days of rain. However, if you opt to buy the 54 ounce bag of Skittles it will probably be the first thing you ditch when the pack feels like a you’re carrying a chubby chimpanzee on your back  ascending the first mountain. Such is the thru hiker’s dilemma: pack enough gear to be comfortable without taking so much that your pack becomes a burden. So listed below I will eventually add a full description and review of each item. That way you’ll get a better idea of some of the considerations a prospective thru-hiker makes when choosing gear as well as my reasoning behind the specific choices I made. (I will post a complete list of everything going in my pack shortly before the hike.)

Tent:    REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent

Pack:   Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 plus Lineloc Lid (a top compartment addition)

Sleeping Bag:    Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32

Sleeping Bag Liner:    Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Mummy Bag Liner

Sleeping Pad:    Exped SynMat 7 Air Pad – Medium Wide

Footwear:      Lowa Camino GTX FreeFlex Hiking Boots

Rain Jacket:    Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket

Rain Pants:      North Face Venture Rain Pants

Socks:        (2 pairs for hiking) – Smartwool Medium Weight Socks
(1 for camp) – SmartWool Heavy Weight Socks

Underwear:     (2 pairs: 1 camp, 1 hiking) ExOfficio

Hiking Bottoms:     Patagonia Men’s Gi III Pants

Camp Pants:      SmartWool Lightweight Leggings

Gloves:      Smartwool Merino Liners

Hat (Warm weather):      Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat

Hat (Cold weather):      Patagonia Winter Beanie

Camp Shoe:    Hi-Tec Trail Blazer Hiking Shoes

Cup/Bowl:     Sea to Summit XL bowl

Utensil:      Sea To Summit Alpha Light spork

Water Reservoir:     2 Liter Camelbak

Water Bottle:       REI Nalgene Wide-Mouth Loop-Top Water Bottle

Insect Repellent:      Repel Sportsman Max (40% DEET)

Stove:     MSR Pocket Rocket

Pot:     1.1 liter hard-anodized pot with plastic strainer lid plus GSI Outdoors Compact Scraper

Knife:      Benchmade Saddle Mountain Fixed Blade Knife

Multitool:       Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multitool

Guide Book:       The A.T. Guide – Southbound 2015 (also known as AWOL’s Guide)

Water purification:      Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

Head lamp:       Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Trekking Pole:    Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles

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