Another AT Gear List
Prior to officially deciding I would attempt to thru hike the Appalachian Trail, I was the proud owner of a ginormous REI pack, a hefty REI tent, and a youth North Face sleeping bag that had wrongly been stored in a stuff sack for as long as I can remember. These pieces of gear came into my possession courtesy of Santa Claus during my younger years as a cub scout and boy scout.
I knew, however, this gear would not get me to Maine. I found a fun, well-paying job during the summer of 2021, knowing that most of what I made would be set toward the gear fund. But I knew next to nothing about anything having to do with gear made after 2010. So I went to work researching, buying, and testing. I now have a relatively lightweight kit made up of some really quality pieces of gear.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shoulder Pocket
Nylofume Pack Liner
= 2.17 lbs
Gossamer Gear The Two
- Extra room for activities for me and space for Katie when she visits
4 Gossamer Gear Stakes (Corners)
2 TOAKS V Stakes (Main Lines)
4 TOAKS Hook Stakes (Bathtub Floor)
- Because I like it looking all taut and pretty
- Is it Tyvek? I think so. Did I pull a scrap piece of whatever it is from the mud at a construction site near my house? Maybe.
= 2.19 lbs
Enlightened Equipment Enigma
- 20 Degree
Sea to Summit UL Pillow
REI Flash Insulated Pad
= 2.68 lbs
May 19, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan