2024 AT Thru-Hike Gear List

Just Like the First Day of School

I remember those days. Pencils sharpened and Trapper Keeper set with color coded folders and blank lined pages. My 1st day outfit ready…  and that sleepless night as I lie awake in anticipation. This time it’s slightly different. My backpack is larger and carries a different collection of my belongings – most of them as familiar as a favorite pair of jeans.

Choices and Decisions Are Hard

I’ve been through a lot of gear these last few years.  I remember asking my brother, a fellow thru-hiker, what gear to buy. His advice was “you have to experiment for yourself”.  That was NOT the answer I wanted to hear. I just wanted a checklist. Fast forward … a tent to a hammock, hiking boots to trail runners, hiking pants to shorts, fleece to wool, lightweight to ultralight to somewhere in between … I’ve landed in my own, truly unique to me, gear list.


AT Thru Hike 2024 (winter)


AT Thru Hike 2024 (summer)


A Mix of Overwhelm and Boredom… at Least My Freezer is Empty

And now what? What do I turn my mind to now that the choices are made? There’s no more shakedowns, training hikes or recipes to test. My gear is washed, treated and packed. My resupply boxes are ready to be shipped. I’ve visited all the doctors and dentist and even succumbed to some baseline bloodwork.

Now I wait in anticipation. A few more days and I’ll begin my journey to Georgia where I’ll REALLY begin. Am I ready? Yes, I think so … AND absolutely not! So I’ll continue to eat what’s left in my fridge. I use up the last few squeezed of toothpaste. I wash my last load of laundry and then…??? I’m not sure but at least the freezer is empty.

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Comments 4

  • David : Feb 26th


    Two compliments on your packlist:

    First, it looks realistically inclusive of what you need.

    Second, the format is fantastic! Its well organized and easy to read. It also looks easy to edit. Did you create that or download it from a source? I would love to use it.

    Enjoy the AT!

    • Tara Graham : Mar 3rd

      Thanks David! It feels great to here your positive comments and support 🙂

      Happy Trails!

  • leo : Mar 5th

    Which trail are you hiking ?

    • Tara Graham : Mar 5th

      I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail 🥾🥾


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