Gear List

My GDT Gear List – Living in Luxury

My GDT Gear List – Living in Luxury

Who doesn't love nerding out over gear and what other people are bringing? Check out the list of things I plan to bring first and then a rationale behind my...

May 2, 2021 : Josh Brown
A Gear Gander for the CDT

A Gear Gander for the CDT

A detailed overview of the gear I will be carrying on the CDT

Apr 22, 2021 : Heidi Nisbett
Frameless Packs – Fitting and Packing

Frameless Packs – Fitting and Packing

I recently bought my first frameless backpack, the Mountain Laurel Design Prophet 48L. I was always very hesitant to get a frameless pack since I have an autoimmune disease that affects...

Apr 15, 2021 : Jennifer Foster
Getting in Gear to Live in the Woods for 6 Months

Getting in Gear to Live in the Woods for 6 Months

How Will I Gear Up for a Thru-Hike? First, Inspiration from My Uncle Bob. My Uncle Bob hiked the Appalachian Trail about 35 years ago before lightweight backpacking gear existed....

Apr 11, 2021 : Heather OConnell
Great Gear for the Great Loop

Great Gear for the Great Loop

STOP! If you want to try to guess how much some of my gear weighs before I reveal the answers below, please see my Youtube video at the following link:...

Mar 28, 2021 : Emma Rosenfield
Packing Self Care

Packing Self Care

When I first started backpacking, I excelled right away. Not because I was particularly knowledgeable or athletic, but because I was really good at enduring pain. Childhood trauma and lifelong

Mar 27, 2021 : Lacie
One Last Shakedown in the Shenandoahs: Pre-hike Prep and Reflections

One Last Shakedown in the Shenandoahs: Pre-hike Prep and Reflections

This weekend I spent two days on the Appalachian Trail to test out some new gear. I had been out that way just two weeks ago and it was brutally...

Mar 18, 2021 : Kelly B.
Shaking Down and Dialing In: 2 Weeks To Go

Shaking Down and Dialing In: 2 Weeks To Go

Spring Conditions! For three glorious days, the weather here in Northern NH warmed up to spring-like conditions (which for us is anything over 40┬░F). All over town, people were feeling...

Mar 14, 2021 : Lacie
My Take on the Big Three

My Take on the Big Three

After months of researching, buying, returning, and more researching, I finally have all of my gear! Even after all the work I've put into it, my gear list probably still...

Mar 12, 2021 : Ann Marie White
Three Weeks Out: My 2021 AT Thru-Hike Gear List

Three Weeks Out: My 2021 AT Thru-Hike Gear List

Alright, let's talk gear. I think this goes without saying, but a backpacker's gear is very important to them. I believe that having the proper gear that you feel comfortable...

Mar 7, 2021 : Max Kiel