AT Gear List:
Below is the gear that we used on the Appalachian Trail and links to gear reviews about the products we used.
Kyle and Lindsey’s Gear List:
|Backpack||Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Ki||Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Ki|
|Water Storage||MSR Dromedary 2L and a gatorade bottle||MSR Dromedary 3L and a gatorade bottle|
|Pack Cover||Granite Gear Large Pack Cover||Something cheap purchased on the AT…|
|Sleeping Bag||Mont-Bell Super Spiral #3 40 degrees + Sea to Summit 30 degree liner in New Hampshire and Maine||Mont-Bell Super Spiral #1 30 degrees Long + Sea to Summit 15 degree liner in New Hampshire and Maine||(Our sleeping bags zipped together for extra warmth)|
|Sleeping Pad||Therm-a-rest Prolite Womens||Therm-a-rest Prolite Regular|
|Dry Sacks||Sea to Summit stuff sacks and heavy duty trash bags|
|Camp Pillow||Seat to summit stuff sack filled with extra clothes||Seat to summit stuff sack filled with extra clothes|
|Warm layer||North Face Fleece and Mont Bell Down Vest||Stoic Down Vest|
|Baselayers||ExEfficio Underwarex2, Ice Breaker top, Mountain Hardwear Long Sleeve and Patagonia Pants||Stoic long sleeve top and Northface Pants|
|Rainclothes||Arc’teryx Beta SL and Z-packs rain kilt and OR Gaiters||Arc’teryx Alpha LT and Z-packs rain kilt and OR Gaiters|
|Hiking Clothes||Icebreaker wool tank top and a couple different pairs of thrift store running shorts||A number of different wool and synthetic t-shirts and a couple different pairs of thrift store running shorts|
|Gloves||Lost gloves first day, had to wear socks on hands (sloves) until New Hampshire/Maine when I bought a pair from EMS||OR|
|Hat||Polartec||Dorfman Pacific All-Season Crushable Hat|
|Socks||Fox River and Smart Wool||Fox River and Darn Tough/ Liners|
|Boots/Shoes||Asolo Fission GV hiking boots and Brooks Cascadia 7||Zamberlan 298 Tundra GT and Brooks Cascadia 7-paired with Event Gaitors|
|Stove||MSR Superfly/Jet Boil|
|Cooking Set||Snow Peak Trek 1400 and utensils/ Jet Boil 2L pot|
|Plate/Bowl||Sea to summit for a hot second- sent them home at first hostel||Sea to summit for a hot second- sent them home at first hostel|
|Water Treatment System||Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter/ Aquamira when we were lazy|
|Headlamp||Black Diamond Storm||Snow Peak SnowMiner|
|Trekking Poles||Black Diamond||Black Diamond|
|Tent||Hexamid Twin Tarptent|
On top of these items we carried: Fuel, bug spray, toothbrush, toilet paper, tiny plastic shovel, first aid kit, tent repair kit, AWOLs Guide Book, Olympus Tough Camera, Packtowel, iPhone 4s with Lifeproof case, book, batteries, and a moleskin journal.
Changes made on trail: By the time we made it to Virginia the heat had helped us decide to make some changes in our gear. We sent our boots and our down sleeping bags and liners home with Kyle’s Dad and switched to Brooks Cascadia 7s and began the process of finding a new light synthetic sleeping bag. We settled on a Lafuma 45 degree synthetic bag that we bought in an XL size from an outfitter in Waynesboro, VA. It was square so we could unzip it and lay it over ourselves like a giant blanket. I kept the 15degree liner to add a little bit of extra warmth but honestly it was so hot we were usually sleeping in our underwear with the Lafuma pushed down around our ankles. We also sent home our warm layers at this point, keeping our long underwear, rain jackets and hiking clothes. When it rained we would wear a t-shirt or tank top, rain jacket, and shorts and just get soaking wet, saving our long underwear for an emergency. It was so humid we never got cold. When it started to get chilly in Vermont we had Kyle’s Dad ship everything back to us. We did spend a couple of cold nights sleeping in our rain jackets and under an emergency blanket but we survived.
Tips on keeping things dry: Kyle and I never had a problem with any of our gear getting wet and here is why: CONSTANT VIGILANCE. We packed our sleeping bags and extra clothes into Sea to Summit Dry sacks and lined the inside of our packs with TWO heavy duty trash bags AND used pack covers. Pack covers are probably the most useless part of the whole system, if you use them have someone check the bottom of the pack cover occasionally while it is on your back and dump out any water that has accumulated there. Every couple hundred miles or so we would switch out our trash bags for new ones. We also stored our food in Sea to Summit dry sacks and were careful about wiping our tent down in the mornings after it had rained. If anything was wet it was separated from the rest of our gear by two trash bags and taken out to dry later. It rained for a month straight while we were on the AT and still nothing got wet.