12 lb Base Weight Gear List

The long awaited day has finally come. I officially have all of my gear for my southbound AT thru hike. Here is the base weight gear (food and water not included) I plan to carry on my 5 month journey. I’m going to continue doing shakedown camping trips with this setup to ensure I love it. So far, so good!

Disclaimers– I do represent 5 incredible brands that are making my thru hike possible: Vasque, Nemo Equipment, Osprey, LEKI, and Darn Tough. I back these companies 100% (or I wouldn’t choose to use their gear for 2,000+ miles). Secondly, I haven’t mastered my clothing system so that very well could change. And finally, I do not have “official” weight for most items so I didn’t list the weight unless I was sure it was correct.


Weighing in at Amicalola Falls

Weighing in at Amicalola Falls

***the scale started at 1 lb*** So I'm coming in a little over 12lbs!

***the scale started at 1 lb*** So I’m coming in a little over 12lbs!

Beautiful, beautiful gear in their stuff sacks (some items aren't pictured)

Beautiful, beautiful gear in their stuff sacks (some items aren’t pictured)

The Big 3

Osprey Exos 48- 36.96 oz

Nemo Equipment Hornet 1P tent- 27 oz (Polycryo footprint)

Nemo Equipment Nocturne 15 down- 37 oz


Sleeping Pad

Nemo Equipment Tensor Insulated 20R- 15 oz


Clothes Worn 

Vasque Pendulum II trail runners

Dirty Girl gaiters

Darn Tough crew socks

Spandex shorts under running shorts

REI hiking shirt


Camp/Sleeping Clothes

Homemade camp shoes

2 pairs of Darn Tough socks (1 to sleep in, 1 extra)

Lulu Lemon leggings

Cotton shirt for comfort


Warm Layers

Icebreaker Oasis base layer (Merino wool)

North Face 1/4 zip fleece

Down jacket

Zpacks fleece hat

LEKI fleece gloves


Rain Gear 

Columbia rain jacket (also my cold weather shell)


Trash compactor bag to line the inside of my pack

Osprey pack cover


Food/Water (going stoveless) 

Sea to Summit compression stuff sack for food

Paracord to hang food

Plastic spoon/fork/cup

Sawyer Mini water filtration

2 Smartwater 1L water bottles





Baby wipes

Nail clippers

Hand sanitizer

REI medium camp towel


First Aid

Band aids


Ibuprofen, Benadryl


Gold Bond



iPhone 6

LifeProof FRE power case

Chargers for both



LEKI Trekking Poles

Trucker hat

Head bug net (for the black flies in Maine)

Energizer Headlamp


AWOL’s Guidebook

Small notebook/pen

Bic lighter

Duct tape



Let’s chat! 

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Comments 12

  • John L. : Mar 1st

    SOBO flip flop March ’17. Looking forward to reading your experiences.

    • Ashley Schellhase : Mar 5th

      Thank you so much for following along!

  • chad : Mar 4th

    Are you worried about having enough food storage for the 100 mile wilderness (and the Smokies) in the Exos 48? I’ve been thinking about getting the Exos 58 because I never considered the 48 to be big enough for all that food.

    Best of luck with everything! I’m considering a SOBO in June if a few things in my life fall a certain way.

    • Ashley Schellhase : Mar 5th

      Hi Chad! I just finished a 4 day shakedown where I carried 5 days of food, and it all fit nicely in my pack! I will be doing a food drop through the 100 Mile Wilderness when I head SOBO. I feel everything fits okay because of compression stuff sacks. During my shakedown, I met someone with the 58 who said he wishes he had gotten the 48. But if you’re more comfortable with the 58, stick to that! Happy Trails!!

  • Brian : Mar 7th

    Thanks for sharing your list! I’m planning to go SOBO when I do the trail in a couple years, too. Could you talk a little more about your sponsorships (whether you got free gear, discounts, etc. and how you got them)? If you don’t want to put it here I can be reached at bcgobraves at gmail. Thanks, and good luck with your hike!

  • rambles : Mar 7th

    Have you condidered ditching the trowel? Sticks are useful and everywhere! Save yourself some ounces! I ditched mine after day 6 on the Long Trail.

    • Ashley Schellhase : Mar 8th

      Hi Rambles, I will consider that! You’re right about the sticks 🙂

  • Shane Mason : Mar 7th

    I don’t see a stove on your list…what do you cook with?

    • Ashley Schellhase : Mar 8th

      Hi Shane! I’m going stove less! I’m too lazy to cook at the end of a long day. I’ll eat warm meals when I’m in town!

  • Shannan Martin : Mar 7th

    My wife and I are working our the details for are SOBO this 2016 season. I carried a lot larger pack. I’m looking at a Vargo external frame pack. But not sure of I can get my gear in a 30 pound limit bag.

  • Leanne Martinez : Mar 7th

    Awesome gear! Enjoy the journey!

  • Gary RoamingGnome : Mar 8th

    I didn’t notice a stove, pot and spork. Download AWOL’s pdf to your phone to save weight. Weight everything with a digital scale to get an exact weight. Have fun! I’ll be flip flopping in 2017. Gary. RoamingGnome.net


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