My Ever-Evolving Gear List
Flashback three years ago when I just started learning about this concept of “thru-hiking”. I remember sitting, at embarrassing unplanned hours, on various hiking forums. Those moments started to plant seeds and fester into this current dream –> now reality. I loved (and still love!) getting ideas from other hiker gear posts of how to mold my personal gear collection in order to fit my needs. Now, 38 days out from stepping foot in Georgia, and I’m composing one of those same gear post for some aspiring future hikers. It’s amazing how our life endeavors bring us full circle; how that cycle continues for others as I hope this list will aid freshman and maybe even junior status hikers alike.
For those that want a breakdown of gear:
Winter/ Starting Base Weight: 18.08 lbs
… and with that, here’s the list:
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Liner – adding +25°… I found that I sleep cool. Once warmer weather hits, I’ll probably ditch my sleeping bag and just use this.
2 Trash Compactor bags- used to line the inside + sleeping bag compartment
Lowa Renegade Mid Hiking Boot– I will most definitely switch these out for lighter ones somewhere in the hike… but I’m used to these for the time being
“Croc Look-a-Like”– camp shoes from Walmart
Base Layer- Synthetic Basylayer top and bottoms (Walmart brand)
Underwear- 2 pairs, synthetic Walmart brand
Bra- generic brand
Synthetic Long Sleeve Shirt- from Goodwill; my primary hiking shirt
Icebreaker Half Zip w/Hood- Mid layer
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket – Insulating layer
Marmot Precip Rain Jacket (Womens) – Rain and Wind Layer
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Rain Pants– Rain and Wind Layer
Socks: 3 pairs total- 2 pairs of Darn Tough and one Smartwool pair (which will live in my sleeping bag)
Nike Running Shorts– from Goodwill; my primary hiking bottoms
Ultra-Sil Dry Sack 13L – Food Bag
Snow Peak Trek 700 Titanium– Cooking Pot
Isobutane Fuel Canister- it fits into the 700 mug perfectly, along with the stove
Utensil- Fastfood Plastic Spoon
Sea to Summit X Mug– I need my tea in the morning 🙂
Parachord for Bear Hanging
2 Bic Lighters-
2 SmartWater Bottles-
Sawyer Mini Filter– although it does have a slow filtration rate, I take the time to appreciate wherever I stop
3L Platypus Reservoir – removed the attachment hose and using only at camp
Personal Care/First Aid
Diva Cup– this is a game changer ladies!
First Aid Kit (Homemade)- it includes: 0.5 oz antibiotic ointment, moleskin, medical tape, band-aids, steristrips, ace bandage, 4×4, 3×3, 2×2 gauze pads, ibprofen/tylenol, alcohol wipe, gloves, needle, ear plugs
Leatherman StyleCS Multitool– so light and comes with the essentials; shears, file, small blade, tweezers, bottle opener, and mini screw-driver
REI Traverse Powerlock Cork (Womens)– only taking one of the trekking pole pair
MSR Blizzard Tent Stake– used as a trowel
AWOL’s NOBO 2016 Guidebook- Section cut out, Springer –> Damascus, VA
ID, money, debit, medical, and WFR card
Samsung Galaxy S5 w/ Lifeproof Case-
Charging Bag – external battery pack (debating on taking this… it accounts for a huge chunk of this weight), chargers for phone and camera
** Many of my small items/electronics and paper goods are stored in various pouch sizes from Loksak – lightweight, waterproof pouches, but more durable than plastic bags
And that’s it! I’m sure that I’ll be making tweaks here and there before the end of March. If I see anything while out and about to switch in to chip away at the base weight, then my list will evolve. But there comes a point when you just have to take a step back and breathe. I find myself constantly being reminded that the gear isn’t necessarily getting myself to Katahdin.. that’s my will and feet’s job.
When I started out backpacking and gathering new gear, I found this website that I thought would be helpful for those who like to organize and see the logistics/break down of everything. Make lists full of gear names, weights, save links, ect. Thought I’d share: https://www.geargrams.com/
Final note, I know when I was starting to plan out my gear, I appreciated hiker’s gear videos. I’m more of a visual person, and seeing how things compared in size, how things compacted down, their reasoning for certain gear, and how people organized everything in their pack was very beneficial than just lists and lists of text. Let me know if this would be helpful for ya’ll and I’ll get a link out there. Thanks!
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