My 2020 Appalachian Trail post thru-hike gear list

On June 26th 2020 I took off on my 3rd attempt of the AT. Due to COVID-19 and in an attempt to best follow state and local guidelines, I opted for a flip-flop thru-hike. Lack of experience, improper equipment and having the wrong perspective were a recipe for disaster on my prior attempts. Being a former Infantry Soldier, I have a tendency to be extremely rough not only on my equipment, but on everyday things as well. That being said, this gear fit the bill for me. It took me a total of 149 days, including 12 days off. Below is is everything that I carried  for my 2,193 mile trip last year.

Gear List:

  1. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Junction 2400
  2. Black Diamond Spot headlamp
  3. 2 – .75 ML smart water bottles w/ 2 sawyer micro filters w/ tubing and flip caps
  4. 2 – 1 Liter spare water bottles w/flip caps
  5. half bottle (for scooping water)
  6. Therm-a-Rest butt pad *outside pocket*
  7. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa with zip wallet (ID, debit card, cash), mini swiss Army knife, earbuds, Chapstick, spare lighter
  8. Six Moon Designs Carbon Trekking umbrella
  9. Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles w/ 3 feet of duck tape around one pole. (I broke my original carbon corks 300 miles in and bought a cheap aluminum pair to replace them. I drank a tall PBR before attempting to hike one evening and broke that pair as well, finally forcing me to  drop the dough for another carbon set and they have been sufficient)
Main Compartment:
  1. Zpacks Dyneema roll top stuff sack with a Zpacks Large/Long 10˚ quilt in the winter, or a Kammock Bobcat 45˚ quilt and liner in the summer  * 2 pair of socks and Coalatree pants stored with quilt*
  2. Therm-a-Rest Long Neo Air Xtherm contained in its pump sack and wrapped in a section of Dyneema cordage
  3. Klymit pillow, switched to a NEMO pillow
  4. Six Moon Designs Serenity Net Tent
  5. Zpacks Pocket Tarp with doors and sack *packed in day pack*
  6. 8 Zpacks stakes inside a Ziploc  *packed in day pack*
  7. Tyvek sheet trimmed to fit my net tent *slid in pouch along inside of the pack*
  8. Ziploc bag with toilet paper, spare Ziploc (for paper waste LNT), biodegradable soap and a deuce of spades to bury business at least 6 inches deep *outside pocket*
  9. Sea to Summit day pack
  10. Ziploc w/20,000 MAH pocket juice charger, USB-c cable, quick wall charger, lightning cable *daypack*
  11. iPhone 8  * Guthook w/thru-hikers special installed*
  12. Ziploc w/2020 SOBO data book and half pencil (pages cut down and some removed to save weight)*daypack*
  13. Ziploc with travel toothbrush and paste, flossers, naproxen, nail clippers, hand sanitizer *daypack*
  14. Ziploc with blister pad and sewing needle stuck in it, 2 band aids, super glue, spare watch battery, Allen key for my trekking poles and a spare sawyer O ring. *daypack*
  15. Zpacks food bag with 40 ft. of Dyneema line and rock sack
  16. 1 gallon Ziploc for trash (reused until the the integrity of the bag was insufficient)
  17. MSR Pocket Rocket 2 w/ fuel, lighter and case (all nests in pot)
  18. Vargo BOT (cook pot) and cozy
  19. Toaks titanium spoon
Worn Items:
  1.  3 pair of Smartwool socks *2 with quilt*
  2. Smartwool t-shirt
  3. Sunga Life silky shorts
  4. Coalatree Mountain to City pants *with quilt when not worn*
  5. The North Face Power Grid Hoodie
  6. Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex jacket
  7. Zpacks Vertice rain jacket
  8. North Face rain mittens
  9. Dirty Girl gaiters (run till you dye)
  10. Wool glove liners
  11. Buff (multi use i.e. facemask)
  12. Ballcap
  13. Beanie
  14. Oakley Radar Paths, polarized
  15. Suunto Core watch
  16. Disposable mechanics gloves with fingers removed
  17. Mosquito head net
  18. Altra: Superior 4s, Lone Peak 4.5s, and Olympus 4s (5 total pairs)

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Comments 4

  • Ralph Mahon : Jan 13th

    Ditch the mini swiss Army knife, get a Leatherman. Much more useful.
    Other than that, you’re looking good to go!

  • Dan : Jan 15th

    Did you have any issues with ZP pocket tarp and coverage during storms? Did you use a groundsheet below the Serenity?

    • Wanderer : Jan 15th

      I had the Pocket Tarp in a number of stormy evenings and it performed well. I did carry a piece of Tyvek, custom cut to the Serenity net. There was some under splash on my net, but the silnylon floor took care of that. There was one evening when water pooled under my foot area, in-between the Tyvek floor and the bathtub floor and a little water seeped through. That was user error though, due to not placing my tarp in a flatter place. I will also mention that I had to tie the 4 net bungees in knots to add more tension to the setup, adding a little more headroom as well.

  • Names : May 5th

    Jeb, do you remember what this weighed in total?
    I’m also a vet, but haven’t thru hiked yet, and I’m curious how different rucking / training in uniform is to rucking for hiking.


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