So this segment will go over my cloths and the LAYERING systematics.

Layering is simple: Base layer (moisture-wicking & quick-drying, synthetic/merino wool), Mid layer (could be another thin synthetic layer, or could be wool), Insulation (thicker down/synthetic jackets), Shell (game changer, element protector, rain jacket).


Base: Patagonia merino wool/polyester blend t-shirt

Mid-layer: SmartWool long sleeved

Insulation: UL Montbell Down Parka

Shell: Outdoor Research Foray Rain Jacket

extra: Patagonia Capilene 1 (for town & back up layer)


Compression shorts: Under Armor

SmartWool leggings

Lightweight Gym Shorts

extra: synthetic leggings

3 pairs of thick socks

I will have one pair of SmartWool long underwear and another pair of synthetic long underwear. I’m just going to wear lightweight, gym shorts over 1 pair of leggings while hiking and my other pair will just be for camp/cold cold weather. 3 pairs of thick socks because keeping dry feet is important.

March is still winter for the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. Many people run into snow in the Smokeys and/or before. Not a big deal really, temperature is what matters. I’ll be prepared for the worst but expecting the best.

with excitement and patience,


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  • Fairway : Feb 19th

    I read the title and thought this would be about foraging for ramps. List looks good, don’t forget mittens and a warm hat!


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