Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Making a List and Checking it Twice

At a speaking event at REI Richmond with my gear display
The holidays are upon us and so, too, are those great long distance hikes planned for next year. I thought I’d go ahead and post my typical gear list for a March start in the south along the Appalachian Trail and then some places that have done me well in purchasing gear.

ULA catalyst
Sil nylon or Sea to Summit pack cover
Garbage compactor bag to line it

MSR Hubba with four stakes
Piece of tyvek for groundcover
Small amt of cord for tying off
2 small lightweight towels (one personal, one to dry off shelter)

Sleeping & Comfort
15 degree Montbell down bag (in ultralight compression bag)
Cocoon silk liner
Thermarest Neoair regular pad
Gossamer Gear thin pad
2 small cocoon pillows (luxury item)
z-rest seat pad

Cooking and water
Snowpeak litemax titanium stove and fuel canister
Lighter with book of matches as backup
Snowpeak titanium trek 700 cook pot
Lexan spoon
Pot cozy
Small cup
Sil nylon bag to store
Sea to summit waterproof food bag and 50 feet of cord
3 liter platypus bottle and cap for camp water
1 liter bottle
1 aqua fina bottle
Aqua mira to treat

Clothing (for a March start)
Hiking: long sleeve smartwool top, 1 t-shirt, one fleece pullover, pair convertible pants, sports bra, wind shirt
Three pairs of socks
Trail runners, Crocs
Three pair wicking underwear, one pair of cotton for sleep
Camp: midweight fleece pants, smartwool top, down jacket
Cuben fiber bag to store
Precip rain jacket
Precip rain pants

Other (use Ziplocs for storage)
Eyeglass case, Ear plugs
Toilet paper, Baby wipes, (women – supply of tampons, few lightday pads, etc)
Chapstick, first aid kit, medicines
DEET in season
Maps and guidebook section, small Bible, small journal and pen
Trail “wallet” of credit card, debit card, medical card, some cash, license
Cell phone, charger
Camera (uses batteries), SD card, case
Mp3 player
Few extra batteries
Hiking Poles

Places to Buy Gear
Known trail outfitters (I like Rockfish Gap Outfitters in Waynesboro but there are many scattered along the trail corridor. You can get a few items at Dicks, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shop, etc but they will only have the small stuff if anything)
Special places for other gear (like ULA, Gossamer Gear, Thru Hiker to make your own gear, Mountain Laurel Designs for cuben fiber products)
AppalachianTrail Conservancy for maps (map special going on now through December)
ALDHA – for guidebook
AT Guide – for guidebook

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