Chaunce’s Cold Weather Clothing for the AT

My latest video gives you a rundown of how I plan to stay warm and fight off the cold weather in my early months on the AT. If you classify yourself as a cold sleeper, definitely watch the full video!  Also, check out our resource on how to choose your clothes for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike.

Base Layer

For undergarments, I’m bringing a Lululemon Sports Bra, one pair of Exofficio Underwear, and three pairs of Darn Tough Socks. I’m hoping to keep one pair of fresh, non-crusty socks to wear to sleep.

Hiking Clothes

During the day, my basic hiking apparel will be a Lululemon Tee and Lululemon “Fast & Free” Leggings. These leggings have withstood the test of time for me in the past, and they’re super comfortable.

Sleeping Clothes (Hopefully)

I’m hoping to reserve my Patagonia Capilene Heavy-Weight Top and Icebreaker 200 Oasis Bottoms to sleep in at night. I’ll wear them during the day if I have to, but I want to keep these clean and dry for camp at night.

Warm Hiking Clothes

My Melanzana Micro Grid Hoodie isn’t the most weight effective item I’m bringing with me, but it’s one of my favorite items to hike in (heads up: you have to go to the Melanzana store in Leadville, CO, to get one). I’ve also been testing out the Montbell Ex Light Anorak Jacket for my ultralight, super warm top layer. Also, the kangaroo pocket in the front rocks.

Waterproof Clothes

The AT is known for being rainy, so I’m bringing my Patagonia Storm Racer Rain Jacket and Montbell Versalite Rain Pants. I’ve gone without rain pants before. Never again!

Gloves and Booties

I’ll have my Zpacks PossumDown Gloves to keep my hands warm and REI Minimalist GTX Mittens to keep my gloves dry, and thus, warm. Finally, these may be overkill, but I bought Montbell Basic Down Foot Warmers to keep my feet warm in my sleeping bag at night. I may ditch these after a few weeks if I don’t end up needing them. But for now, I’d rather be safe than sorry (and cold).

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Comments 2

  • Pony : Feb 25th

    Nice to have a face to go with your funny presence on the podcast.

    Just fyi — and you are experienced enough that you probably know this already — rain gear doesn’t really keep you dry on the AT. I don’t care if it’s a $600 Arcteryx shell or a $25 Frogg Toggs jacket (though honestly, those work as well as anything), you *will* get wet, either from the rain itself, or sweating inside your gear because you are slogging up and down ever’ dadgum hill the AT can find.

    Just so you don’t have any expectations on that front!

    Enjoy the hike.

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