Don’t fear, gear is here!

Last night we lost power from a thunderstorm, so this morning I broke out my camp kitchen to cook breakfast, which in turn inspired me to post my gear list. And heeeere it is:

Base weight (no food & water) = 20.67 pounds
Worn (items on body) = 5.04 pounds
Consumables (food & water) = 14.4 pounds max
Total max pack weight = 35.07 pounds

Part of the gear-buying process that has really impressed me is the customer service exhibited by many of the outdoor gear companies (REI, MountainSteals, Black Diamond, NEMO, etc.) Every company has been very easy to work with for gear replacements and, most often, has assured me if anything were to break while on trail, they would replace it for free. The warranties are awesome with all of these brands! It makes sense – thru-hikers are conducting free market research for these companies, and the companies are learning a ton from these consumers who are putting the most genuine wear and tear on their gear. Not to mention, most of my gear research and purchasing was influenced by word of mouth.

Here are all of the gear items starting at top left corner, going down, then back to top of tarp:

Magma 17 sleeping bag
  • Tent footprint (under everything): NEMO Hornet 2 person
  • Pack: Osprey Aura AG 65L
  • Sleeping pad: Therm-a-rest Z Lite Sol
  • Trekking poles: Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
  • Boots: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
  • Sleeping bag: REI Women’s Magma 17
  • Sleeping bag liner: Silk Cocoon
  • Camp shoes: good ol’ Crocs
  • Tent: NEMO Hornet Elite 2 person
NEMO Hornet Elite 2 person tent
  • Pack rain cover: Osprey ultralight (size large)
  • Pot: TOAKS 750 ml Titanium
  • Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket II
  • Fuel: MSR brand to start (most butane mixes work)
  • Spork: Rakuen Titanium long-handled
  • Bear bag, rock bag, rope: Z-pack bear bagging (to store food)
  • Tarp square: to stand/sit on wet ground *luxury item
  • Pillow: Sea to Summit Aeros *luxury item
  • Wallet: Chums Surfshorts
  • Winter hat: REI beanie
  • Bandana (use to clean pot, gear)
  • Water filtration system: Sawyer squeeze mini
  • Trowel/emergency snow stake: REI
  • 3 carabeners: 1 for crocs, 1 for misc., one for water bottle
  • Fleece layer: Mom’s from the 90’s probably
  • Quick dry t-shirt: Under Armour
  • Quick dry long-sleeve: Nike
  • Bug net
  • Sports bra: SmartWool
  • Electronics: Black Diamond Cosmo headlamp, Anker PowerCore Lite battery pack, Osprey dry sack
  • Merino wool layer: NTS Mid 250 Crew shirt
  • Down jacket: Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer
Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer
  • Hiking leggings: Patagonia (I think)
  • 2 buffs: one wool, one quick dry
  • Toiletries (not complete): toothbrush, hand sanitizer, wet ones, odor free plastic bags, quick dry towel
  • First aid/emergency (not complete): leukotape, knife, pepper spray, tent repair tape, stake splint, stretch band
  • Rain jacket: Outdoor Research Helium II
  • Rain pants: Marmot precip
  • Underwear x 2: Exxofino (NOT Victoria’s Secret)
  • Merino wool sock liners: REI
  • Merino wool socks x 2: Darn Tough

Items not pictured:

  • Zpack pouch to put on pack strap (easy access items)
  • Smart water bottles x 2
  • AWOL Northbound guide
  • Journal & pen
  • Long underwear top and bottom
  • Cho-Pat Knee brace
  • Golf ball for rolling out feet
  • Probably other stuff…

25 days!!

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