Emily’s AT Thru-Hike Gear List

So I wasn’t going to actually do a gear list, but out of sheer curiosity I caved and made one. Through doing this, I realized a few things:

1. I don’t have gaiters, but would like a pair.

2.  I really, REALLY love my gear.

With that, here’s my gear list, with weights and some prices included.


Pack: Women’s Deuter Act Lite 45+10: 3.5 lbs: $178



Total: $594

Cold Weather Clothing:

  • Jacket: Mountain Hardwear MicroRatio– 1.9 oz: $180
  • Zip up Fleece: Target– 0.5 lbs: $39
  • Baselayer Bottoms: Nike- 7 oz: $20 (BOOYAH CLEARANCE!)
  • Baselayer Top: Target- 3.8 oz: $15
  • Fleece Baraclava- Amazon Special – 3.2 oz: $10
  • Dollar Store Gloves- $1 (They weigh nothing)

Total: $265

Everyday Clothing

  • Pants: REI Convertibles– Couldn’t find weight: $20***
  • Top: Danskin Active Top-Wal-Mart- 4 oz: $5
  • Compression Shorts (Long)- C9 Target- 6.4 oz: $18
  • Sports Bra: Reebok- 7 oz: $20
  • Head: BUFF!- 6 oz: $10

Total: $73

Warm Weather Clothing

  • Shorts: Walmart Shorts- 3 oz: $10
  • Top: Same as above
  • Jacket: Same as above

Total: $10


I will be wearing random pairs of wool socks. Brands include the following:

  • Kirkland Signature
  • Wigwam
  • Smartwool
  • Darn Tough

Average weight: 3 oz.

Average cost so far: $10/ pair

Total: $50


Total: $121

Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock (Women’s)- 3 oz: $20***

Total: $20

Food and Water

  • Stove: Trangia Spirit Burner – 5 oz: $14
    • Fuel: Using HEET from local store- 12 oz: $3
  • Cookset: Stanley Adventure Cookset- 13.6 oz: $20  
    • Note: Currently have a 1 Liter platypus bag but will be getting a 2 liter- 1 oz: $10
  • Water Bottle: Whatever water bottles acquired in towns

Total: $70 


Total: $18


  • Soap: Dr. Bronner’s- 8 oz: $3
  • Contacts/Lense Solution: 1.5 oz.
  • Toilet Paper:  Weight will vary
  • Trowel: 3 oz.
  • Baby Wipes: 1.1 lbs. 
  • Gold Bond: 1 oz.
  • Hand Sanitizer : 1 oz. 

Total: Approximately $15-20

Stuff sacks will be random. Some I already own, some I made. I will also be purchasing a box (or two) of stuff sacks from good ‘ol WallyWorld.


GoPro Hero 3 – 4.8 oz. – $300

Total Spent: Approximately $1,714

My base weight is around 14.13 lbs.. I plan on carrying 2 lbs. of food and carrying enough food for 3-6 days. I plan on carrying two liters of water (around 4.3 lbs) at most times… making my pack about 28.84 lbs. (at 5 days worth of food).

I’ll chalk that up to a win.

***These items were purchased through the REI Garage Sales. Garage sales are the bee’s knees and they have WONDERFUL customer service.

I also have some backup gear just in case shit goes sour and my gear breaks. I have my first pack ever, which is a High Sierra External Frame weighing in at a BEAUTIFUL 6 lbs.!  I also have a 0 degree synthetic mummy bag that weighs about 5 lbs. I have a 45 degree sleeping bag that I’m considering switching out to when I get to Pennsylvania, mainly because I live about 20 minutes from the Wind Gap trailhead, and it just seems to make sense (carrying a 0 degree bag in Pennsylvania heat will in fact be miserable).

We’ll have to wait and see though. Anyway, that’s my gear list. I may have forgotten a thing or two, but I think that is all.

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Comments 2

  • Linus72 : Jan 20th

    Totally with you on the Stanley Cook set. Thats the first one we got when we started backpacking again and bought our gear at Sports Authority before becoming REI geeks/members, and my wife and I love that thing. Sure, Its heavier than my titanium snow peak pot i use for solo trips, but it cost 1/3 of the price and we can boil our water and both have cups to drink out of that wont scald us. We bought a second one just in case they ever discontinue them!

  • Walker : Jan 20th

    It looks like you’ve done a great job of planning and I’m sure you’ll revise your gear list as you prepare and even after you start your hike. I thru-hiked in 2013 and would like to share some thoughts about gear with you. 1) You may want to consider warmer gloves since you are likely to hike in cool rainy conditions. 2) I know it would be a big expense but a quality rain shell will be worth its weight in gold when the rains come and will protect you better than a poncho. 3) If your Buff is wool you probably won’t need the balaclava. I used my wool Buff as a balaclava in the cold and as a headband in the heat. 4) I switched to a 32-degree down bag with a silk liner when I got to Waynesboro, VA in mid-May and it worked well for me through the remainder of the hike. 5) I started with Outdoor Research trail runner’s gaiters but ditched them after about a month. I just wasn’t using them. 6) The uke will be a lot of fun to have along. Good luck to you and have a great hike — you’ll have the time of your life!


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