Got RAIN? – A Preliminary AT Gear List

I’m from Northern California. Where the weather is always perfect and the ground sometimes shakes. Pansy you might say. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2009 and 2013, where I experienced maybe a total of 25 rainy days. Then I started the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2015, and it rained 15 of my first 35 days on trail. That’s known as a wakeup call. When I think of the Appalachian Trail (AT), I think of rain. Rain, rain and more rain. Plus that green tunnel and a whole bunch of rocks too. Am I going to be tough enough for all that? Did the PCT and CDT teach this girl all she needs to know in order to happily survive?

I’m six months out but I can’t help myself (NoBo late April). The gear list is brewing. The grains are mashing out their sugars to be fermented into the perfect AT gear list. Yep, I’m a beer geek who loves hiking and the gear that goes with it. I’ve learned a lot since I first set foot on the PCT and I’m always striving to reduce my base pack weight. But these are a few of the realities that I must face:
~I am a large-bodied woman which means that my clothes are larger and weigh more.
~I have wide, flat feet.
~I am a thyroid cancer survivor and I have to carry extra meds in order to put one foot in front of the other.
~I like a comfy bed and pillow.
~I like town clothes.
~I am lazy and do not cook.
~I get cold very, very, very easily.

So here’s my 12.7 lb. base weight start:

AT Gear
zpacks 52L arc blast with hip belt pockets18
zpacks 20F wide med bag18.7
big agnes fly creek UL1 + gc39
thermarest prolite small11
msr pack towel half0.7
toilet kit:
(snow stake, tp, hand sanitizer, wipes, powder)3
sit pad1
(ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea, anti-hist, vicodin, thyroid hormone)2
ziplock wallet1
trash compator bag/paint strainer stuff sacs2
zpacks dry bag pillow2
2 1L smart water bottles2.8
1 2L foldable platypus1.3
2 cup (16 oz) ziploc twist container1.4
golite umbrella8
first aid/sewing/repair kit:
(bandaids, needle, ray way thread, air mattress patch, toenail clippers)1.5
sweet water purification drops0.8
whistle/thermometer multi1
swiss army manager knife1
emergency fire kit1
s2s pack cover3.5
sunscreen/hibiclens/lotion/essential oils3
s2s headnet1
flip flop7.1
guide book3
jockey underwear1.5
costco wool blend long john bottoms6
mountain hardware long john top7.4
injinji socks1.6
zpacks possumdown socks (for sleeping)2.5
zpacks rain kilt1.9
mh hooded ghost whisper down jacket8.5
outdoor research helium ii rain jacket6.3
smartwool beanie1
mountain hardware gloves1.2
rei skirt (for town) ?? (might substitute for tyvek skirt @ 3 oz.)7.5
patagonia tank top (for town)3.2
droid turbo cell phone w/ case7.6
anker 2nd gen astro 6700mHa4.8
ipod nano1
petzl e-lite headlamp1
clothing worn:
golite pants11.6
rei sun shirt8
jockey underwear1.5
patagonia bra3
kuhl shirt4.8
injinji socks1
dirty girl gaiters1
leki trekking poles
diamond bling sunglasses
cold weather changes:
zpacks 0F wide long bag27.1
mouseworks hat1.8
backcountry ninjas long sleeve performance shirt6.6
goosefeet down booties3.4
One of those camps over 12,000 ft. on the CDT.

That camp on the CDT where I cried because my Jetboil wouldn’t ignite.

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