My 2020 Appalachian Trail Gear List
Well here ya have it, folks. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The long-awaited gear list of mine is out.
I know you guys have probably lost a lot of sleep wondering what I was taking on my trip. After more than a year of slowly acquiring everything I will need for this trek, I think I am finally satisfied. I am still about two months from leaving, so hopefully this isn’t premature. Regardless, let’s get to it.
I’ll Pack to That: 20.5 Ounces
Gossamer Gear Kumo 36L: 20.5 ounces
I love this pack. I got this bad boy 15% off by using the Backpacker Radio promo code for Gossamer Gear. When I’m bored I will pack this thing up and walk around. Fantasize. I’m weird. I like the way this pack looks, and I love the way it rides. I was originally going to take the Gossamer Gear Mariposa, but once I acquired all of my gear, the Mariposa was overkill. At 36 liters, the Kumo holds everything I need. It’s smaller, sleeker, and sexier. OK, I’m done.
Gimme Shelter: 32 Ounces
NEMO Hornet 2 Person: 32 ounces
The shelter I am taking with me is the NEMO Hornet 2P tent. I was lucky enough to get this at an REI garage sale for $149.83 (It retails for $369). For the most part I am happy with this tent. It is around two pounds and it’s freestanding, so if I ever feel like ditching my trekking poles I can. The one thing that worries me is the rainfly doesn’t come all the way down to the ground where I put my head. I am worried that when it rains it is going to get my head wet. I know this is a popular tent so I’m sure it’s not that big of a deal, but that has caused me a little concern. Overall I am ecstatic about my tent and the price I paid for it.
Sleep System: 35.38 Ounces
UGQ Bandit 30 degree Downquilt: 20.78 ounces
This quilt rocks! I knew I wanted to get a quilt rather than a sleeping bag because they are lighter, more compressible, and a lot of the times cheaper. I looked into Enlightened Equipment and was going to get a Revelation. However, I watched a Darwin video comparing the UGQ bandit to the Revelation. It seemed like they were pretty similar. I decided to get the Bandit because it was cheaper. My 30 degree 800 fill was $221.30, almost $100 cheaper than EE. The beginning of my trek may be a little chilly, but I think I’ll be fine since the majority of the hike will be during the summer.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite: 12.2 ounces
Another steal at REI garage sale, $74.83 (Retails at $184.95). This thing has a good R- value at 3.2, and will pair well with my quilt to keep me warm in the early months. My only complaint is blowing this thing up after a day of hiking, as I can get light-headed. Suck it up, buttercup.
Sea to Summit Inflatable Pillow: 2.4 ounces
Cooking/Water System: 14-ish Ounces
Sawyer Squeeze: 3 ounces
It’s this super hipster water filter.
Two 1 liter Smartwater bottles
Toaks Titanium 750ml pot: 3.4 ounces
A good size for a pack of ramen. Also the fuel canister fits inside this pot like a glove.
MSR Pocket Rocket 2: 2.5 ounces
I decided I will bring my stove with me in the beginning. Warm meals will boost my morale in the first few weeks. I will not hesitate to send this home if I stop using it, though. I have a feeling I am going to get lazy with cooking. We will see, though.
Granite Gear Air Zippsack 12L food bag: 1.4 ounces
Opsak Odor-proof bag: 1.2 ounces
A mage from Reddit told me about the Zippsack. I think I will like this better than the Zpacks Dyneema bag because it has a zipper so I can get to all my food easier. Also, it has handles on each side, which will be nice for hanging it at night.
Gossamer Gear bamboo spoon
I will probably lose this and when I do, it will give me an excuse to go to Dairy Queen to get the long, red plastic spoon.
Electronics: 20.5 Ounces
Anker Powercore 13000: 8.4 ounces
This compact battery pack has two USB ports and can give my Pixel 3a around four full charges.
- Aukey dual wall charger: 1.3 ounces
- Aukey USB-C charging cable: 1.4 ounces
- Anker USB-A charging cable: 1.2 ounces
- Earbuds: 0.1 ounces
- Google Pixel 3a: 5.6 ounces
- Walmart headlamp: 2.5 ounces
Miscellaneous: Probably Like 12 Ounces Idk Lol
- Gossamer Gear Liteflex umbrella: 8 ounces
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Nail clippers
- Germ X
- Bic lighter
- Swiss Army pocket knife
- Pepto Bismol
- Baby wipes
- Antifungal cream
- Duct tape
**NOT PICTURED BUT TAKING**
- Google Pixel 3a
- Needle and thread and patches
12-Pound Base Weight
I have not weighed out every single thing in my miscellaneous items, but I am hovering around a 12-pound base weight, which I am content with. Base weight used to be a big deal for me, but I’ve realized that I am an able-bodied young lad and have no problem lugging this gear around. I go a little more into detail with this on my lighter pack, which you guys can look at here (https://lighterpack.com/r/vg84dt) if you are interested. Due to the length of this post and the probability of switching it out, I will save going into detail with my clothing for another post.
If you want to see how my gear and I hold up, you can follow me on Instagram @calebbess. Thanks!
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