When you ever need to hear a thru-hiker ramble on for an hour or two, simply ask about their gear. To not overexaggerate, as a result of I’m not, however our gear is our life out right here. We actually could live-or-die (okay that may be a little bit of an exaggeration) by our gear. Primarily although, what gear we select will outline how snug we’re on the path, and excessive discomfort could make or break our motivation to remain on and end the path.

The principle issues I considered when initially compiling my gear listing have been: high quality, weight, value, and amount (not all are mutually unique, for instance, greater high quality tends to be lighter and dearer in the case of backpacking gear).
As I hiked the primary 1,100+ miles of the AT, I shortly removed lots of the objects I had. The explanations I removed many objects have been attributable to quite a lot of causes:

  • Some objects broke
  • I discovered them too heavy and never definitely worth the weight
  • It bought too heat
  • I simply was not utilizing them/one other merchandise might serve the identical goal

So, let’s get to it. As with all backpackers, my gear set has vastly developed since I first bought onto the path. Once I first set off, I wrote this submit, outlining the gear I used to be taking with me. It went as follows:

I’m now penning this submit on the midway mark, after summiting Katahdin, on my solution to finishing my SOBO journey from Harpers Ferry to Springer Mtn, GA. So, I’ve gone by means of my gear listing, and striked by means of something I’ve gotten rid of, and bolded gear I’ve added together with any explanations I need to embody for you.

  • Backpack 
  • Shelter
  • Sleeping Quilt/Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tops
  • Rain, Wind, and Insulated jackets
    • LightHeart Rain Jacket Actually that is virtually ineffective, its not waterproof. I plan to put in writing a assessment sooner or later. I simply haven’t gotten rid of it as a result of… truthfully I don’t know why… as a result of it feels fallacious to not have a rain jacket however I’m not going to purchase one other rain jacket trigger that may in all probability moist out as effectively. Honestly I need to simply go for a poncho
    • Enlightened Tools Ladies’s Torrid Jacket
    • Decathlon Quechua MH100 Climbing Fleece  Fleeces are good for heat WHILE ONE IS HIKING. Puffy’s are good for heat when one will not be shifting. Since it’s heat sufficient right here that I don’t want a jacket whereas mountain climbing, I discovered I might ship my fleece dwelling. That being mentioned, I do plan to get my fleece again once I get all the way down to TN and it will get colder
  • Bottoms
  • Toes
    • Camp footwear: Low-cost Amazon Water Clogs changed with Crocs I discovered in a hiker field
    • Darn powerful socks (x3) (now it’s x2)
    • Soiled Lady Gaiters purchased with the PCT in thoughts; discovered them probably not crucial on the AT
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Underwear
    • Mesh underwear from Goal (x2) now it’s x1 as a result of my operating shorts have inbuilt underwear #judgeallyouwantbutitworks
    • Sports activities Bras (x1)
  • Base layers too heat
  • Different


  • Garmin 66i
  • Twin wall plug
  • Charging cords
  • Headlamp
  • Photo voltaic Panels not crucial whereas mountain climbing by means of “The Inexperienced Tunnel”
  • Transportable Charger (x1) (now it’s x2 as a result of I hearken to music and audiobooks whereas I hike which drain battery quick)
  • Garmin – Intuition Photo voltaic Smartwatch


  • Bluetooth Headphones changed with wire headphones as a result of they draw much less battery life from my telephone
  • Kindle Paperwhite seems that after mountain climbing 25 miles/day all I need to do on the finish of the night time is sleep, and I’ve no time or vitality for studying. This might be unhappy besides that I hearken to audiobooks all day whereas I hike, so I get my e-book repair in that means.


  • Soto Range set + Gas
    • added: FlipFuel switch machine (which permits me to take gasoline from one can and put it in one other, saving me cash and the hassel of at all times shopping for new gasoline cannisters!! You may get for 20% off with the code Rover20)
  • Pot Lid
  • Wind Stopper this broke night time 2, not changed
  • Spork this broke night time 2, and has been changed with a titanium lengthy spoon
  • Sea2Summit Cleaning soap + Sponge
  • Flint & Metal  changed with a small lighter
  • Selfmade Pot Cozy
  • Good Water water bottle (x2) (now it’s x3 since I despatched dwelling my water bladder)
  • Water Bladder
  • Sawyer Water Filter
    • Sawyer Water filter bag + equipment changed with the good water bottles that match the sawyer filter


Because of all of the objects I’ve gotten rid of, I’ve reduce over 10lbs of drugs weight. That is HUGGEEEEE.

I nonetheless attempt to chop extra if attainable, but in addition as I hike into late fall, I undoubtedly should get among the weight again as I improve my quilt to a hotter sleeping bag, and take again my thermals and fleece.

If you wish to learn up extra on what gear I like, take a look at my web page right here.

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