Camping and the Outdoors
My 2014 Appalachian Trail Gear List. This is also a good way for all of you 2016’ers to double check that you have everything! I have successfully hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 152 days!!! I won’t say I know everything there is to know about gear, but I can say this. What I had, worked for me, and I finished. That, in itself, should say a lot.
EDIT – Pack Base weight – 20.2 lbs. This will change by the end of the week.
Unpacked bag (no food)
Packed bag (no food,water) base weight – 20.2 lbs.
Backpack + Raincover
-I used the ULA Circuit 2.2 lbs, however I ended up switching to this
Osprey Exos 58 at 2.7 pounds, it’s still lightweight, and can fit A LOT more in it.
Raincover Osprey Ultralight Raincover
3.7 oz (seriously ultralight)
Tent and groundcloth – MSR HUBBA 1P Tent2 lb 7 oz, down to 1 lb. 10 oz. This lasted me the entire trip, I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS TENT!
MSR Hubba Footprint (for under tent)7 oz.
Sleeping bag (winter) – Western Mountaineering Sycamore$480 – expensive is worth is when you are camping in the cold! I hiked in 2.5 ft of snow, and the temps hit downwards of 13 degrees. (25*) Regular – 2 lbs w/ stuff sack
Sleeping bag liner – Sea To Summit Thermolite Reactor Plus $65. (adds 20* warmth) 9.3 oz
Pad –Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (regular) 12 0z. (Lightest for long trips, mine lasted the entire AT)
What I’m wearing
Shoes + Insoles – Saloman Xa 3d Pro Ultra II Trail Running Shoes /Insoles –Superfeet Green 1.76 lbs (both trail runners and insoles) Now that is light. Superfeet saved my life, and I believe I hiked the entire trail because of them. They are worth checking out. They have a couple options, but Green are the toughest.
Socks – Darn Tough 3 0z. Best socks with life time warranty. Get them.
Underwear – Exofficio give and go mesh briefsPrevent the chafe. You will thank me later. Exofficio are THE BEST underwear to hike in. I started off with regular briefs and barely survived. I switched to these and they were a life changer.
SS Shirt – Patagonia Mens Merino Silkweight T-shirt 4.8 oz.
LS Shirt – Smartwool Midweight Zip Top 8 oz.
Shorts –Nylon running shorts 3.8 oz.
Trekking poles – Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork 1 lb 2 oz. I cannot stress this enough, trekking poles will save your knees and joints on long distance hikes. This specific type of trekking poles were the MOST popular on the trail, as they left no blisters on your hands. The price is worth it. Black diamond is a great company.
Wallet – small ziploc bag will hold wallet/phone/headphones – will replace as needed
Watch – High Gear Alti-Xt (records temp/altitude among other things I don’t need) Overall just looks awesome.
Bandana – 1 oz.
Stuff sack – 8 L Sea to Summit stuff sack 2 0z.
Cold weather jacket/pillow – Patagonia New Nano Puff Hooded Jacket12.6 oz. Yes, this doubled as my pillow during the night while inside a stuff sack. All you need.
Underwear – extra pair (1)
Long Underwear – Icebreaker Mens Long Underwear7 0z. Necessary if traveling in cold. (It hit 13 at night on the Appalachian Trail, and some days were below freezing as well)
Short Sleeve Shirt – polyester T shirt for camp – 4 oz.
Gloves –Smartwool Liner Gloves2.3 oz.
Socks – 2 pairs Darn Tough 6 oz.
Rain Jacket – Patagonia Mens Torrentshell Jacket14 oz. Used for an entire 5 months on trail, kept me dry
Eating and Drinking
Water containers – 1 L water bottle and Osprey Hydraulics 2Liter Resevoir11.2 oz.
Water Treatment – Aquamira drops 1 oz.
Stove – Jetboil Minimo14.6 oz – comes with it’s own pot.
Pot – I recently switched over to the Jetboil Minimo It has not disappointed! It cooks meals quicker than the snowpeak, and comes with it’s own pot.
Bear line – 50 ft paracord 4 oz.
Spork – .64 oz.
Bag liner – Compactor trash bag 2 oz.
Duct Tape + lighters – 2 oz.
Headlamp – Black Diamond Storm Headlamp3.9 oz. (I night hiked A LOT)
Camera + charger – Nikon Coolpix AW120Waterproof, shockproof, Appalachian Trail proof – 9 oz.
Cell phone/charger/case/battery – Iphone 5s / New Trent (USB capable, charges 2-3 times they say)
Anker Dual USB Charger – Can charge 2 items simultaneously with 1 wall plug in. (Handy for the phone/kindle, as well as when other people need to share the same outlet)
Glasses + case – Glasses/case/contacts/solution 6 oz. I will be bringing contacts as well as glasses.
Hygiene – (toothbrush/paste/floss/nail clippers/soap (Dr Bronners peppermint)/germ-x)
Towel – bandana 1 0z.
First aid – (alcohol swabs/ibuprophen (lots)/benadryl/duct tape/bandaids/gauze/tweezers/safety pins) *Thanks Redditors!
Trail Guide/Journal – AWOL 2014 NOBO Guide 8 oz.
Kindle– 10.5 oz.(I read countless books on the Appalachian Trail, I use the kindle on every trip. Worth the less than a lb. of weight in my opinion)
Knife – Smith & Wesson extreme ops knife 3.2 oz.
Body Glide Anti Chafe – 1.5 oz.