This is last year's gear list for a sample spring long distance hike.
Here are some top out-of-the-way interesting items for a gear list this year that I either tried or saw.
|On my seat cushion on the hard rock of Tinker Cliff|
Thermarest seat cushion - I use it EVERY year on EVERY hike. OK it's a luxury item sure, but it sure feels better than sitting on rocks, the hard ground or a shelter floor. It also doubles as a way to kneel while putting gear in your tent or under your sleeping pad to raise either your head or feet.
The new thru hiker fad this year - the Sawyer Squeeze Filter. Working as a ridgerunner, I saw a gazillion of hikers using them to filter their water. There are drawbacks to the system, however. It requires you to squeeze on bottle, and many told me the bottles that come with the squeeze do not hold up. Hikers did use the Playtpus bottles, but after a time. even these showed signs of wear and tear. And the squeeze filter does not take out viruses.
|Solong tent with awning.|