My (Complete!) AT Gear List
I’m hitting the trail tomorrow (a day earlier than originally planned, given the weather forecast and some external personal factors), so no time like the present for a pretty streamlined, bare-bones “gear list”, right?
If you haven’t already seen “My Hammock Camping ‘Big 3’ on the AT” post, be sure to go check that one out.
I’ve tried to break this down into sections, I hope it helps. (I know Gear Lists can sometimes end up downright dizzying…)
- Columbia Silver Ridge Lite long-sleeve shirt:
This is a pretty no-frills long-sleeve button-front SPF 50+ active shirt that has a tab/button combo for easy sleeve rolling on warmer days, and a small zippered pocket near the right hip/waist for easily stowing a chapstick or other small items I may want to keep nearby.
- All in Motion (Target) athletic top:
This is a pretty basic synthetic top that drapes nicely and has a mesh panel between the shoulder blades. I bought it on clearance a long time ago, and I really like it. The seams are well-placed for backpacking, and it wicks moisture well. It’s also more durable than some of my similar light-weight athletic shirts, so I’m inclined to believe it’ll survive months of wearing a pack daily.
- Patagonia 5” Baggies:
I got my first pair of the classic Baggies last year, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long. As someone with short, chunky legs who frequently suffers from the dreaded “chub-rub”, they’re the first shorts I’ve had in a long time that don’t ride up, and the fabric is durable enough to last an entire thru-hike.
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