My AT Gear List: 10 Pounds That’ll Take Me To Maine
In the spirit of “Hike Your Own Hike”, I’m going to start by saying that it doesn’t matter if your base weight falls on the ultralight or the traditional side of the spectrum. When preparing for a thru-hike, we all do our best to curtail our gear to meet our individual needs. I’ve got a 5-foot frame with joints that reflect an overactive childhood, so one of my main concerns is keeping my pack’s weight low.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get to the good stuff.
The Big Three
Gossamer Gear Kumo – 18.5 oz
Easily my favorite piece of gear. Gossamer Gear recently released this updated version of the Kumo with all the bells and a literal whistle. It’s a 36L pack with a 20 to 25 pound recommended max load. I was originally planning to take the Gossamer Gear Mariposa, which has a capacity of 60L, but I made the rookie mistake of getting my pack before the rest of my gear was dialed in. After getting the rest of this list together, the Mariposa left me with a little too much room. I’ll be using a trash compactor bag as a liner.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 – 23.1 oz
(Conner’s carrying the other half.)
Considering how simple the rest of our setup is, I’ll admit that this tent does feel a little over the top, but we’re super excited to be living in this thing. We got a sweet deal on it and are able to split the weight pretty evenly between us. Not to mention that we have the ability to go full Skymall if we want to.
Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt – 19.3 oz
850DT/ 20F / short length / regular width / straps and EE stuff sack included.
NeoAir XLite – 7.4 oz
Small / no case / sounds like you’re sleeping on a bag of chips / perfect if you’re a side-sleeper.
Big Sky Inflatable Pillow – 1.53 oz
Lightest camp pillow I’ve found / comfier than the pillow I use at home.
Enlightened Equipment Sidekicks – 1.24 oz
Medium / 30-45F / I’m one of those people with perpetually cold feet.
Reusable Earplugs – .05 oz
Both the lightest and most cherished item.
- Icebreaker Cool Lite Tank (XS) – 2.73 oz
- Patagonia Barely Baggies Shorts (S) – 3.8 oz
- Patagonia Barely Bra (S) – 2.09oz
- ExOfficio Give-N-Go String Bikini Briefs (S) – .79 oz
Apparently, adventure underwear opens the door to a whole new way of living.
- My glasses – .89 oz
- Merrell Vapor Glove 2 – 9.8 oz
Because we’re the weirdos with the toe shoes and I spent the last four years working barefoot.
- Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultralight Cushion – 1.34 oz
If we end up having problems with blisters, we’ll look into getting some Injinji Liners.
- Icebreaker Oasis Leggings (S) – 4.97 oz
- Smartwool NTS 150 Crew Top (XS) – 4.3 oz
- Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer (S) – 6.8 oz
- Mountain Hardwear Microchill (S) – 6.6 oz
A little redundant to have fleece and a puffy, but the fleece will stay warm when wet.
- Merino Wool Buff – 1.7 oz
- Marmot Essence (S) – 6.2 oz
- Darn Tough Micro Crew Light Cushion – 2.2 0z
- Zpacks PossumDown Gloves – 1.4 oz
- Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Reversible Pattern Cuffed Beanie – 2.1 oz
Food And Water
- Evernew 640ml Titanium Ultralight Deep – 3.19 oz
- BRS 3000-T Stove – .89 oz
So cheap / so light / so effective.
- 110 gram fuel canister – 7.4 oz
- Two Bic Minis – .39 oz
- Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork – .32 oz
Thanks for the spork, Momma.
- Sawyer Squeeze – 2.45 oz
- Two SmartWater bottles – 1.3 oz
- Evernew 2000ml bladder – 1.5 oz
- Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack 13L – 1.05 oz
Plus Ziploc = Bear Bag.
- Zpacks small stuff sack – .13 oz
- Mountain Light Gear The Griz – 1.15 oz
- Biner from the Sea to Summit Spork – .1 oz
- QiWiz Original Cat Hole – .43 oz
- Moon Menstrual Cup – .52 oz
- Lightload Pack Towel – .29 oz
- First aid kit (Joe Brewer Style) – 2 oz
Baggie of Neosporin, Benadryl (6), anti-diarrhea (6), Ibuprofen (12), two alcohol wipes.
- ZPacks Ultralight Travel Toothbrush – .34 oz
- Mini Stapled Rite in the Rain Journal – .76 oz
- Rite in the Rain Pen Refill – .1 oz
- ID and debit card – .37 oz
- Leatherman Style CS – 1.45 oz
- iPhone 6s with case – 6.3 oz
- Anker PowerCore II 10000mAh – 6.8 oz
- Apple headphones – .43 oz
- ZiBay Short Lightning Cable 4″ – .18 oz
- StarTech Micro USB Cable 6″ – .47 oz
- Petzl e+Lite – .88 oz
No case / trimmed headband.
A photographer by profession, and passion, things got difficult when deciding what camera I’d be bringing on the trail. I considered taking DSLR, or the Sony RX100 iv, but eventually decided that I’m just going to bring iPhone lenses. Limitations breed creativity, after all.
- Moment Wide Lens – 1.72 oz
- Moment Macro Lens – 1.46 oz
- Moment Telephoto Lens – 1.85 oz
Let us know what’s in your pack and how your experience has been putting your list together!
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see ya later.
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