I have finished packing all my gear for my Wednesday departure (Thursday start date). I expect that m gear will change as I meander north. For those of you curious about the gear I am bringing I have laid it out below (with pictures).
For most of my gear, I splurged to get the ultra lightweight stuff (as my mother says “there seems to be an inverse relationship between weight and price”). I generally chose lightweight weight over functionality, but there are a few exceptions (my stove, the kindle,zseat….). Overall the pack is a little bit heavier than I had hoped (was hoping for sub 14 pounds), but there are numerous items (rain pants, long underwear bottoms, underwear, and extra shorts) I wanted to start off with, but may decide to send home.
Below is my pack weight (including myself):
I have adapted the Platypus Gravityworks system to use a Swayer filter, which has a slightly slower flow rate (about 1 liter per minute) because it is lighter and last longer. I will also be using a Varpur water bottle.
I will be using a Zpacks duplex tent, Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite, and Katabatibc Gear Palisade 30°F sleeping bag. These were ludicrously expensive, but they are very lightweight. My sleeping bag is stuffed in a water proof Schnozzel Pump Bag, which I adapted to my Therm-a-rest using a bike tube. Since the NeoAir requires a lot of air this bag will allow me to pump it up quickly, without blowing into it.
I will be using Patagonia Rain pants, Outdoor Research Helium II Rain coat, Zpacks Pack cover, and Rocky Gore-tex socks. The shoes I will be wearing are not gore-tex (if/when goretex gets wet then it takes forever to dry), so the goretex socks will be useful for the first few months if/when I encounter snow or really cold rain. I am not sure how much I will even use the rain gear because I often find that I sweat so much that I end up being just as wet as if I was just in the rain.
Gossamer Gear Mariposa is recommend for weights below 35 pounds. Like my tent and sleeping bag this comes from a tiny online-only ultra lightweight back packing company (Thanks internet!!).
Cold Weather Gear
I am carrying a Rab Xenon Jacket, Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight top and bottom, a LL bean Hat, and Possum gloves. I am not sure how long I will keep all the cold weather gear (particularly the long underwear bottoms), but a simple rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in the last 100 miles, send it home. I will probably want cold weather gear back in VT or NH, but it might not be worth carrying the whole way.
I will be carrying a two additional Zpack stuff sacks for food (bear bag)and my clothes. The latter of these is fleece lined so can also double as a pillow. These should keep my clothes dry in the event by pack gets very wet.
Each day I will be wearing:
- quick dry baseball hat
- quick dry shirt (2)
- darn tough socks (2 pairs)
- Merrell Moab Ventilators (hiking) or Vivobarefoot Men’s Ultra II Sport Shoe (camp)
- Casio Watch (the altitude is not super accurate)
- Leki Corklike Poles
- prAna Stretch Zion Convertible pants or Patagonia Baggies Stretch
- Exofficio boxers (2)
- Portable External Charger
- High Speed Charger and cords
- Black Diamond Head Lamp
- Toilet Paper
- Gold Bond
- Duct Tape
- Leukotape (for blisters)
- Pocket Knife
- Sunglass clips and glass cleaner cloth
- AT Guide
- Ear plugs (for sleeping in hostels/shelters)