Squish’s AT 2016 Thru Hike Equipment List
I’ve been putting my equipment together for three years. This is one of the most daunting tasks associated with getting ready to hike the AT, or at least it was for me. There are numerous books, magazines articles and gear lists to help you along but ultimately it is the individual carrying the gear that has to make the choice. Too much weight for one, not enough comfort for another, too hot, too cold, not breatheable, clammy, etc… Fortunately there are a variety of suppliers out there and my bet is one of them will fill your particular need to a T. But first, you have to decide what is important to you. Weight is always a paramount concern unless it means being cold and then you can add a few ounces. Maybe it’s not warmth but expense, you can get really light but watch the $$$ add up. Many outfitters have worked with me and made me realize I have to make the decisions regarding my equipment and they will help me sort thru the best options once I have made it clear what is most important to me. With that said, I have purchased some equipment in the past that met my criteria at the time but my thoughts and needs changed. If it was a relatively minor expense I made the change but when it comes to the big three of shelter, pack and sleeping system it makes you scratch your head before laying out more bucks.
So I’ve made a number of decisions, be they right or be they wrong. They are my decisions and I will live with them. Thanks to everyone who helped me either personally or through advise in blogs, on-line and magazines. A special thanks to all the contributors to Appalachian Trials whose lists helped me make some equipment choices. So here’s my pack for the next 6 months with whatever tweaks come my way. I’ll greatly consider any suggestions but as I already stated, I ultimately have to make the decisions, so go ahead and confuse this old feeble mind some more, it can’t get any worse.
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What’s in Squish’s Pack?
Below find the choices that made my pack to start my AT thru hike:
Shelter: MSR Hubba solo tent 2013 model
Pack: Osprey Kestrel 68 liter 2012 model (no longer in production)
Sleeping Bag: Marmot Helium 15 degree (spring and fall)
Snugpak Jungle Bag 45 degree (summer)
Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite
Footwear: Vasque Breeze 3/4 boot
Merrell low cut Moab ventilator
Base-layer: synthetic long sleeve shirt and long pant -2 pair (cool weather)
synthetic short sleeve shirt and ex-officio boxers – 2 pair (warm weather)
Mid-layer: fleece pull-over
Insulating layer: Rab Xenon X hoodie
Shell: Marmot Precip Jacket
Rain Pants: Marmot Precip rain pants.
Socks: 3 pair, 2 pair Darn Tough medium cushion for hiking and one thick merino wool for camp.
Hiking Pants: Columbia Omni-shade convertible (nylon)
Gloves: FootJoy Winter Golf Gloves
Hat: Nylon fishermen’s baseball cap with extra long bill.
Camp Shoe: Crocs
Stuff Sacks: 5 Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Dry Sacks (waterproof) various sizes.
Cup/Bowl/Mug: Optimus Crux Lite cup and bowl
Stove: Optimus Crux Lite
Fuel: Isobutane?Propane fuel mix 3.5 oz
Water reservoir: 64, 32, 16 Oz. Sawyer Squeeze bags, 64 oz platypus
Water bottles: 2 each one liter Smart Water bottles
Water Purification: Sawyer Squeeze System and Aquamira for back-up.
Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot
Hiking Poles: Kelty anti-shock collapsible poles
Trowel: Fiskars transplanter
Electronics: iPhone 6, earbuds, charger
First Aid/Toiletries: zip-lock bag with TP, tooth brush, bandages, moleskin, antiseptic, etc…
Sunscreen/Insect Repelent: Neutrogena sunscreen / Permethrin treated clothes and tent and Ben’s 100 Deet.
Guide Book: AWOL’s 2016 guide.
That’s all folks!!!!
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