We’ve finalized our Appalachian Trail thru hike gear! It’s similar to our PCT gear but even lighter. Check out our full AT gear list at:
Here are some of the new items we’ll be carrying on the Appalachian Trail:
Northstar will wear a Marmot Crystalline women’s rain jacket on the AT. This minimalist jacket weighs just 6.2 ounces. It’s durable and protective, yet small enough to pack into its own pocket.
She’ll trade rain pants for a well-ventilated ULA rain kilt (2.9 oz). In addition to providing rain protection, this will allow some modesty when washing all our clothing in town.
Shutterbug will be sporting a 7.1 oz Rab Pulse rain jacket. Rab has managed to keep this jacket light while integrating a very functional and adjustable hood.
Montbell’s Dynamo wind pants will provide Shutterbug with basic wind and rain protection. They’re very breathable, and at 2.6 oz, they’re lighter than his shorts!
Backpack: Gossamer Gear’s Gorilla pack offers 46 liters of space and good support, but weighs less than 2 pounds. Its Dyneema fabric resists tears, and a variety of pockets allow easy access to important items.
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia trail running shoes were incredibly popular with fellow thru hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. We decided to test them out over the winter, and are now converts — they’re comfortable, durable, breathable, and light. The wild colors are a bonus.
Knife: Spyderco’s Ladybug 3 knife is extremely light at 0.6 ounces, but its blade is still long enough to cut cheese and avocados. No corkscrew or other gadgets on this knife. We like to keep things simple and lightweight.
Gloves: Smartwool Liner Gloves are a favorite of ours because they’re so light and comfortable. Now they have conductive thread knitted into the fingertips so we’ll be able to use our touch screen phones while wearing them!
Shelter: Gossamer Gear is creating a modified version of their much loved SpinnTwinn tarp. A tarp is lighter than a tent and allows greater airflow, perfect for the hot and humid Appalachian Trail.
A hiker’s base weight is the weight of all their gear, not counting consumables such as water, food, and fuel. Each item listed above replaces a heavier piece of gear from our PCT thru hike, reducing the base weight we’ll carry up and down the Appalachian Mountains. Shutterbug’s base weight for the AT (which includes a large, high quality camera) will be 14.7 pounds and Northstar’s base weight will be a mere 10.4 pounds. Woohoo for light packs!
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