Appalachian Trail (AT)
Pacific Crest Trail
|Item||Description||Hey Girl says--|
Wrapped around trekking poles for multi-purpose use.
Wrap about 12 inches of duct tape around your trekking poles. It works as a band aid, blister tape, patch for holes in a dry bag or down jacket or sealing a tent!
|x||x||Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Compression Sack||dry sack for sleeping bag||1||1.6oz|
|x||x||Granite Gear Air Pocket Packing Kit|
Carrying case for electronics and charging cables
|x||x||iPhone 6, headphones & charger|
smartphone, camera, navigation, music, etc.
Yes! A smartphone is invabluable on trail. It was my camera, my journal, my first line of GPS navigation, my music nad podcast player, and a way to easily address bills, needs and communication while on trail or in trail towns. For hikers looking to disconnect completely from cell phones, consider them for their utility.
|x||Awol's Guide to the AT||Trail guidebook||1||7.8oz|
|x||Yogi's Pacific Crest Trail Guide||Trail guidebook|
|x||x||Atlas Guides "Guthook" App|
iPhone/Android app for trail info (elevation, real time GPS, campsites, water sources, town info & hiker comments)
iPhone/Android app for trail info (elevation, real time GPS, campsites, water sources)
|x||Rope for bear hang|
Rope to tie food bag up from bears.
|x||Leatherman Style CS Multi-tool||Keychain Multi-Tool||1||0.3oz|
|x||LEKI Jannu Anti-Shock Trekking Poles - Pair (For Women)||hiking poles||1||1lb2oz|
|x||REI Co-op Multi Towel Mini||Multipurpose towel||1||0.8oz|
Granite Gear Hiker Wallet with credit card, license, atm card
|x||Gossamer Gear Liteflex Hiking (Chrome) Umbrella||Sun umbrella|
This umbrella is a godsend for desert hiking. It will protect you from the sun, will make it feel 15 degrees cooler under the canopy and will help you be judicious about conserving your water and your body temperature. I hiked with it all day, most days in Southern California on the PCT.
|x||Black Diamond Neve Pro Aluminum Crampons||crampons|
Necessary and helpful for snowy Sierra--either crampons or microspikes are fine
|x||Kahtoola Microspikes||microspikes for snow||Necessary and helpful for snowy Sierra||1|
|x||Black Diamond Raven ice axe (w/leash)||ice axe||Necessary and helpful for snowy Sierra||1|
|x||x||Buff||Headscarf and neck warmer||1||2oz|
|x||x||Capilene Lightweight Baselayer T-Shirt||Baselayer shirt||1||2.3oz|
|x||x||Chums Eyeglass Retainer (for Sunglasses)||Neck strap for sunglasses.||1||0.4oz|
Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks - Women's Socks (2 pair)
|x||x||Exofficio Gazella Pant (no longer made)||hiking pants||1||11oz|
Icebreaker 200 Oasis Merino Base Layer Top - UPF 30+, Lightweight, Long Sleeve
|baselayer top (long sleeve)||1||8.2oz|
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket
Visors are awesome (maybe moreso than a full baseball-style hat) because your fae is protected but your head won't overheat.
|x||Sunday Afternoons wide-brimmed hat||wide-brimmed hat|
Wide-brimmed hats are a brilliant idea for desert or exposed trails where canopy cover is minimal, like the PCT (not like the AT)
|x||x||Patagonia Women's Active Hipster Briefs Underwear (2)||underwear|
This underwear is the comfortable, breathable and durable a hiker could find. I could wear it for my entire life. Having at least one (to two) extra pairs in your pack is practical for town days or just having a spare pair!
|x||x||Patagonia Women's Barely Everyday Sports Bra (2)||sports bra|
It’s a good idea to always have at least one spare/clean pair of underwear in addition to one you’re wearing.
|x||x||Patagonia Women's Baggies Shorts 5"||hiking shorts||1||5.2oz|
Patagonia Women's Capilene® Lightweight Longsleeve Crew
|Baselayer top (long sleeve)||1||2.3oz|
Patagonia Women's Capilene® Lightweight Short Sleeve T-Shirt
|Baselayer top (short sleeve)||1||2.3oz|
Patagonia Women's Capilene® Thermal Weight Bottoms
Thermal Underwear Pants/Baselayer Pant
|x||Patagonia Capilene® Mid Weight Bottoms|
Thermal Underwear Pants/Baselayer Pant
|x||Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket|
Rain jacket (works as wind breaker)
|x||Rab Polartec NeoShell Jacket||Waterproof & windproof jacket||1||12.8oz|
|x||x||Sea to Summit Head Net with Insect Shield|
mosquito net for face with Insect Shield® repellent
|x||Smartwool merino wool baselayer shirt||Baselayer||1||8oz|
|Outdoor Research wool mittens|
|x||x||Salomon XA Pro 3D||Trail runners (shoes)|
Trail runners are where it’s at compared to traditional hiking boots. They are lighter, more flexible and responsive. Solomans are great for ankle support and stability which is especially great if you’re prone to roll your ankles (like I am) and for rough, rooty and rocky terrain like the AT is known for.
1 lb 12 oz
|Hoka One One Speedgoat 3||Trail runners (shoes)|
Hoka One One and TheTrek.co let me try these for a gear review and they blew me away. Light, cushiony and stable!
1 ln 2.2 oz
|x||x||Anker Astro E3 Electronics Charger||External charger for phone||1||8.2oz|
|x||Princeton Tec Remix LED Headlamp LED Headlamp||basic battery-powered headlamp||1||2.4oz|
|x||Petzl Actik Core-rechargeable Headlamp|
rechargeable headlamp with incredible visibility
|x||x||Candle (birthday sized)||extra light for cooking/fire||1||0.1oz|
|Cat can stove (homemade)||cooking stove||1||1oz|
|x||x||Classic Bic lighter||lighter for cooking/fire||1||0.7oz|
|Denatured alcohol||fuel for cooking||1||5 oz|
|x||x||REI TiWare Titanium Pot - .9 L (no longer on resale)||cooking pot||1||4.1oz|
|x||x||REI TiWare Frying Pan - .4 L||top for cooking pot||1||2.9oz|
|x||x||TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon with Polished Bowl||spoon/fork||1||0.4oz|
|x||Sea to Summit 20L dry sack||Dry sack for food||1||1.1oz|
|x||x||Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack 6.5L||dry sack for stove & pot||1||0.6oz|
|x||x||Suunto Core Watch (with altimeter for elevation)||watch with time, elevation, etc.||1||78g|
|x||BV 500 Bear Canister|
|x||GoLite Jam 50L pack||Backpack|
This pack is aweome for an ultralight. But after hiking 1,600 miles on the AT and reaching Vermont, I tried on another pack with more padding. I realized I wasn't an ultralight backpacker and therefore the extra padding and weight of the padding was worth it.
1 lb 15 oz
|x||Osprey Ariel AG 65L||Backpack|
Ospreys are the Cadillac of packs--a little more weight for a lot more comfort!
|x||Osprey Aura AG 65L||Backpack||1|
4 lbs 5 oz
|x||Osprey Rain Cover for backpack||Rain cover for backpack||A must on the AT!||1||0.5oz|
|x||x||Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2||Tent||1|
2 lb 5 oz
|x||x||Western Mountaineering 10 Degree Bag||Winter Sleeping bag||1|
1 lb 16 oz
|x||Brooks Range 45 Degree Bag||Summer Sleeping bag||1||1lb2oz|
|x||x||Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil eVENT Compression Dry Sacks|
dry sack/stuff sack for sleeping bag
|x||Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Women's||Sleeping Pad||1||12oz|
|x||Therma-a-Rest ZLite Sleeping Pad||Sleeping Pad|
The ultimate no-nonsense sleeping pad that doubles as sit pad anytime of day. It will never pop or get a leak and does not need to be inflated or deflated each use.
|1L Gatorade bottle (empty)||Empty bottle for carrying water.|
I carried 1-2 extra, empty water bottles to carry extra water between long water carries (on the PCT) or to use for making Gatorade or iced coffee on the go.
|x||Platypus 70 oz water bottle||Lightweight, flexible water bottle||A great extra storage||1||1oz|
|x||x||Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter & Filter Bags||Water Filtration System|
The easiest and most efficient water filter ever! The bags are great for filter or carrying an extra liter during long water carries.
|x||Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir - 3 Liters|
Water bladder to store inside backpack
This bladder is where it's at for hands-free drinking while hiking. It will also keep your water cool (when it's hot) or insulated (when it's cold) inside your pack compared to water bottles stored on the outside of a pack.
|x||x||20 squares of toilet paper||TP||1||3oz|
|x||x||Babywipes (20 pack)||Body & face wipes||1||2oz|
|x||x||Retainer for teeth||1||0.7oz|
|x||x||Sunscreen (travel size)|
Bringing even a couple ounces of sunscreen is always a good idea. You can store it in a hipbelt.
|x||x||Toilet Paper (half roll)||1||3oz|
Can be used as sweat rag, pee rag, etc.
|x||x||Toothbrush (travel size)||1||1.3oz|
|x||x||Toothpaste (travel size)||1||0.8oz|