AT Prep: Gear List

AT Prep: Gear List

January 24, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

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After two years, I’ve finally decided on what I believe is my final gear list for what I’ll be taking with me on the Appalachian Trail this year. I’ve bought a lot of gear in those two years, including: five different tents, 3 sleeping bags (and two prototype bags that haven’t even been developed yet), multiple camp pillows, stoves, pots, hatchets, foldable saws, knives, etc. What did I learn? Well, mainly that I didn’t and don’t need about 95% of the crap that I bought.

Here is what I’ll actually be taking:

Base Weight: 15 lbs, 8.5 oz
Total Weight: 30 lbs, 4.1 oz

TIP: You can easily calculate all this stuff by using – it’s an extremely useful site and beautifully designed. You can even share your lists.

Big “Three” – 8 lbs, 12.9 oz

NOTE: I’m ditching the factory stuff sacks for the tent, sleeping bag, pillow, and sleeping pad and replacing them with Sea to Summit eVent sacks for an extra water barrier. All my gear will then be placed inside of the 55 gallon bag inside of my backpack to try to keep all water out.

Cooking – 13 oz

2/19/15: Switched to a Sawyer Mini water filter to save almost an entire pound of weight (13.5 oz)!
2/27/15: Switched to an alcohol stove and titanium pot to cut a little weight (5.3 oz) and hopefully make it easier to find resupply fuel.

Clothing (Packed) – 2 lbs, 5.3 oz

Clothing (Worn) – 4 lbs, 14.1 oz

Cold Weather Clothing (Worn March/April) – 2 lbs, 13 oz

Toiletries – 15.2 oz

  • Purell (2 oz)
  • Chapstick (0.3 oz)
  • Toothpaste (1 oz)
  • Tooth Brush (1 oz)
  • Toilet Paper (6.6 oz)
  • Nail Clippers (0.5 oz)
  • Sea to Summit Pocket Hand Wash “Leaves” (1 oz) (ditched at Neels Gap)
  • Camp Trowel (3 oz)
  • Lightload Towel 12×12 (x2) (0.8 oz)

Misc – 1 lb, 7.4 oz

Carried Items – 1 lb, 2.8 oz

Electronics (Carried) – 5.9 oz

  • iPod Shuffle (0.5 oz) (never used it)
  • Headphones (0.3 oz) (never used it)
  • Motorola Moto G (5.1 oz)

Electronics (Packed) – 1 lb, 2.7 oz

Food, Water, Fuel – 14 lbs, 11.6 oz

  • 5 Days at ~2 lbs per day (~10 lbs)
  • 2 Liters of water (4 lbs, 6 oz)
  • HEET (8 oz)

If you wanted to save a little weight, you could carry less food and just stop in towns more often (something I want to avoid to save money); five days of food instead of seven cuts 4 lbs from your pack. You could also ditch the following items (4 lbs, 8.7 oz):

  • Compass (~0.2 oz)
  • Sea to Summit Head Net (1.2 oz)
  • iPod/Headphones/Charger (1 oz)
  • SPOT GEN3 Messenger (4.8 oz)
  • Notebook (7.8 oz)
  • Sea to Summit Ultra-Light Packcover, Medium (4 oz)
  • BearVault BV500 (2 lbs, 9 oz) (however, this is “required” for certain areas on the trail)

6 thoughts on “AT Prep: Gear List”

Mark Judge · February 28, 2015

Doesn’t look like that knife will cut a tree down :)

Chris · May 23, 2017

What about a bit of moleskin for blisters?, is that in first aid kit?

David · December 2, 2017

As a newly to hammock camping, this list for me is excellent…, with a couple of tweaks, like a hammock instead of tent. And of course the accessories change as well.
Thank you for a well thought out & practical list & comments!

Sharpsabre · October 30, 2018

As a long term camper, packer and survivalist there are many lists out there. A small crank radio 3.5 oz, and solar charger 4.3 oz, and crank flashlight cuts down on weight and if you need batteries for a head worn light then those. Electronics are useless if hitvwith an EMP. Tarp makes a good tent, lean-to, and two make a very good dry sleeping area. Folding saw, large knife and flint, and soluble soap soaked (home made) wash sheets work great for washing (hands, pans, clothes) . The rest is ok, with some good items. Clothing, good socks and boots are a must. Didn’t see trauma or first aid kit. Good luck, and a good list as it seems very viable.

Kevin · November 4, 2018

I would ditch the Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter (and gas lighter), as it’s use is too specific to lighting the stove. Also all the mechanical components and flint, more to go wrong.

Go for one of these and learn to use it with your knife. Less to go wrong, very reliable, and ideal for lighting the alcohol stove and fires.

Luke · November 22, 2018

I don’t think I even used the flint lighter. It was more of an emergency thing. I used a very small Bic lighter day-to-day.

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