Gear Lists

Why Am I So Nervous?  I’ve Been Waiting So Long For This Moment!

Why Am I So Nervous? I’ve Been Waiting So Long For This Moment!

Okay, now I understand. I've read so many blogs written in the final days before hitting the trail. Just about every one expressed anxiety, self doubt, nervousness. I assumed either...

Jul 23, 2017 : Ruth Morley
AT SOBO Gear List

AT SOBO Gear List

The oft discussed gear list. Do you have all the lightweight items?  What was your budget?  Since my preparations began, I have been trying to balance lightweight with budget, taking...

Jul 16, 2017 : Megan Landstine
My Gear + Food

My Gear + Food

These are the items I use daily on the trail. I'm 51 days in now and can pretty confidently say that I feel comfortable carrying each one of these items....

Jun 1, 2017 : Anna Zimmerman
Efficient and Capable: My Gear List

Efficient and Capable: My Gear List

My backpacking gear list for this hike was all about efficient upgrades and ditching worthless weight. If you’ve been scouting the internet for gear advice, then you already know that...

May 26, 2017 : Joshua Johnson
The Things We Carried

The Things We Carried

Living out of your backpack is serious business. For nearly five months I lived out of my backpack, trekking from Georgia to Maine. Before setting off, I tried to pack...

Apr 28, 2017 : Danielle
Cook Kits

Cook Kits

The Whole Kitchen Sink When I first started backpacking in high school, my mindset was all about being gourmet with multi-pot meals. It always took way to much time and...

Apr 18, 2017 : Patrick Donahue
PCT Gear List II

PCT Gear List II

Not a whole lot has changed from the first gear list. I wanted to get an Arc pack with the heavier duty 4.2 oz/sqyd Gridstop fabric. Unfortunately, you can only...

Mar 16, 2017 : Lion Heart
Shedding the Weight: Gear Changes for My 2nd AT Attempt

Shedding the Weight: Gear Changes for My 2nd AT Attempt

This will be my second attempt at thru-hiking the AT while also trying to go a little lighter than before. I got injured last year, and carrying extra weight while...

Feb 28, 2017 : Stubbs
On Hiking With A Knife

On Hiking With A Knife

I wouldn't be caught dead in the wilderness without a knife.  Plain and simple.  I was always taught that you never go into the woods without a.) telling someone where...

Feb 24, 2017 : Sean Kearns
What’s in My Pack:  Ruby Throat’s Gear List for 2017

What’s in My Pack: Ruby Throat’s Gear List for 2017

Backpack with Benefits Twenty years ago, I moved to the mountains and bought my first “real” backpack, an Osprey ISIS with a built-in chair. A CHAIR! Best.  Thing.  Ever. (Unless...

Feb 15, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano