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Jaime's Backcountry Hiking Gear List

  • Tent: Big Agnes Seedhouse 1: 2lb 6 oz. Tyvek cut to fit for my footprint. Personally, i would recommend forking out the extra $30 and get the 2 person as the 1 person is just really tight once you bring your pack in for the night. Carrying the 2 person BA only adds approx 9 oz to your pack weight and it may be worth it.

  • Bag: Monte Bell Ultra Lite Down Hugger #3 Short Sleeping Bag: 1 lb 4 oz. 800 fill down, 15-denier Ballistic Airlight fiber nylon POLKATEX DWR treatment shell, 30 degree, Spring/Fall. I sleep warm so even on the colder nights this bag works for me. I do have a bag liner which can add up to 10 degrees but haven't had to use it in a long time and don't typically carry it in my pack unless hiking in winter elements. The bag stuffs to be about the size of a milk jug.

  • Pad: Therm-a-rest, Z-Lite Regular Pad: .9 lb. .8 thickness, You need a good ground pad for those hard shelter floors, and for me, it is really hard to beat this pad. Accordian style is a little awkward but better than puncture prone Therma self inflating pads.

  • Pack: Osprey Arial 65, Women's; 3600-4200cu in. 4 lbs 14oz. IsoForm CM™ Custom heat-moldable hipbelt which was done before i left the shop. My only complaint with this pack is that the water storage areas on each side are practically impossible to get to while the pack is on, so either have to have someone get my water bottle out for me or take the pack off. This is a huge bummer when you don't want to take the load off. But it does have an internal camelback area so that you can easily carry your water system and feed the tube through a custom slit in the bag. This back is considered lightweight but not ultralight.

  • Boots: I have trained for the last 6 months in Oboz Yellowstone boot just to find out that i need a wider toe box for my nueroma so recently purchased the Vasque Wasatch GTX boots, 2lb 12oz. The soles are much more sturdy and stiff and so breaking in time will be required. I loved the Oboz brand as there was virtually NO breakin time and my foot molded to the boot very nicely.

  • Boot Inserts: Spenco Polysorb Total Support Inserts; I am currently testing out the Spenco but have used Superfeet Hike - Green Capsule Green inserts for a few years and like them but was told to try Spenco from my foot doc.

  • Sandals: KEEN Venice H2 Sandal, 10.5Oz. These are heavier than i wanted in a camp sandal, but with my nueroma, i needed alternative footwear that i could also hike in should the need arise but that also has great support for sore feet. They are super comfortable. They are a little slow on the drying time after crossing streams and debri gets caught in the toe box area, but overall i like these alot and recommend them if you have arch, nueroma or Plantar Fascitis.

  • Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Trail. 1 lb 2oz per pair. You will want hiking poles! Many folks start hiking without them, but most finish the trail with poles. They will make your hike safer and easier. Poles help prevent falls and make descents easier on your knees. You can also use your poles to hold up your tarp if you don't go with a more standard tent for your backpacking experiences.

  • GPS: Garmin GPSmap 60CSx; Great device for hiking and backcountry and also for geocaching.

  • Personal Emergency Unit: Spot Satellite Messenger; Awesome device, highly recommend especially if you hike solo.

  • Rain Parka: Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket; 12oz. Has an improved PreCip® Dry Touch waterproof, breathable coating which is nice when it is a warm rain and so you aren't sweating while it is raining!

  • Rain Pants: Frog Toggs; Very lightweight, breathable and can Wear when doing laundry when all other items are totally trashed from 3 days of wear!

  • Fleece Jacket: Mountain Hardwear Monkey Jacket, 15oz. Your Fleece should zip all the way down to allow for adequate ventilation. The chest zipper pocket is an added bonus.

  • Convertible Pants: I carry 2 pair and continue to be a good choice for multi day hikes.

  • Shorts (1): Patagonia Baggies. Great for hiking, swimming, etc and save for when heading into town so i don't scare the townspeople.

  • Long Underwear Top: Smartwool - Microweight Crew Long Sleeve Shirt.

  • Long Underwear Bottoms: Patagonia Capilene Light Weight. Not needed once you are sure that it is summer.

  • T-Shirts, 2: REI CoolMax.

  • Underwear bottoms: 2 pair. ExOfficio.

  • Socks: 3 pr. Thorlo Hiking Socks - Thick Cushion - with Exclusive THOR•LON®. With my neuroma and foot issues, i need a sock that has extra cushion to keep my feet from screaming and these socks i have used since i did my first Outward Bound at age 14.

  • Liner Socks: 3 pr. Bridgedale Women's Coolmax Liners.

  • Hat: Keep the sun off your head and out of your eyes. Started out the year with the Outdoor Research Women's Solar Roller Sun Hat, but back brim kept hitting my pack and so did away with it and now just wear a bandana and/or a ball cap.

  • Bandana, 3: Cotton. Washcloth, pot cleaner, and one for sweat while hiking.

  • Head Lamp: Petzl Tikka; 2.8oz; 100h of battery life. 40 lumen;

  • Parachute Cord: 20 ft. 550lb. Type III Paracord. Hanging up laundry, guying your tent, shoelaces, etc. You can "gut" the cord and use the inner cords too, for thread, dental floss, etc.

  • Knife: I carry a Swiss Army Knife with scissors, can opener, knife, and tweezers and also sometimes carry a SOG Seal Pup Fixed Blade for more demanding camp jobs.

  • Pen and Pencil: Ballpoint pen (felt-tip bleeds)

  • AT Thru-Hiker's Handbook and 2011 AT Data Book: I will tear out the sections i need to save weight in May. You can also use the margins as a diary. I also like the 2011 AWOL's The A.T. Guide.

  • Camera: Samsung SL102, 10.2MP; Nothing fancy here. Really just wanted a decent picture and still have compact and lightweight.

  • Duct tape: 10 feet wrapped around your water bottle.

  • Needle & Floss: Repairing your stuff

  • Ziplock Bags: Keep your stuff dry and organized

  • Credit/ATM Cards: Put in a waterproof or freezer bag or carry travelers checks if hiking out of town.

  • Driver's License: For ID

  • Address/Email/Phone # list: Printed out on one sheet of paper to keep with your ID.

  • Toothbrush/Paste: A small tube of paste. i cut the ends of my toothbrushes just because don't need it and an ounce is an ounce when it is on your back.

  • Chapstick: Your lips WILL get chapped on the trail so bring some!

  • Sunblock & Bug Repellent: Small tube, high block factor.

  • Blister Fixer: Blister Medic by Adventure Medical Kits. It is imperative to prevent blisters before them become a problem. Stop and check your feet as soon as you feel a hot spot. More hikers are taken off trails due to blisters than almost any other injury.

  • Ibuprofen & Meds: To help with the inevitable pain and inflammation in your knees, etc. Bring lots!

  • Toilet Paper & Titanium Trowel

  • Stove: Primus TiLite Ultralight titanium stove & 0.9L titanium pot with cover. 8.3oz. 3 min boiling time. Piezoelectric ignition.

  • Utensil & Mug:Spork; For mug I have the Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Colored 450 Cup.

  • Water Bag, 2: Platypus Plus Bottles, 1L. I used this mainly for toting water to my evening camp and kept empty the remainder of the time. Awesome bladder because it is essentially weightless when empty and compact for storage. Must have for your hikes!!!

  • Food: I carry some dehydrated meals, but those can be heavy. I carry tortillas, homemade trail mix, energy bars, Ramen, cheese etc. Just about anything without water in it which adds weight i don't want!

  • Water Filter: Katadyn Hiker Pro. 11oz.

  • First Aid Kit: This is a personal item. Create your own rather than taking a prepackaged one to ensure you have what you need and not a bunch of stuff you don't.

  • Pack Cover: Sea to Summit Ultralight Pack Cover; Pack covers are essential for keeping clothing and gear dry inside my pack. If you don't want to spend the money on something like this, a heavy duty garbage bag can work just as well. I have even lined the inside of my internal packs with a heavy duty bag and that worked great as well.

    My total pack weight goal in preparing for this AT adventure is approx. 38 pounds. This will include all the above and 2 quarts of water and about 4 days worth of food at a time while obtaining resupply items at post offices along the trail.