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Appalachian Trail Map
I have been thinking about gear lately. Do I have enough gear? Do I have too much gear? Am I going to throw out some items and wish I had brought others instead?
You betcherass I am. I know it. But knowing hasn't stopped the mental merrygoround. Not even slowed it, in fact.
So despite ( or perhaps even BECAUSE) the fact that Postholer has a gear list tool I am going over my stuff here.
Backpack: Atmos 65. It has more capacity thanI need, I should have bought the 50. As long as I don't try to USE the capacity, this is not an issue. It fits well and I like it. I consider this my most essential piece of gear.
Footwear: New Balance 1123's. These fit my oddly shaped feet and I am happy with them thus far. My heels are narrow and the front of my foot is wide so I have had some challenges getting footwear that does not cause blisters. These seem to do the trick.
Tent: Hubba Hubba. I carry the tent and poles. Jess carries the footprint and rain fly. We can each improvise shelter if needed.
Stove: beer bottle alcohol burner. Google beer bottle stove if interested in builing your own. I made a few other stoves first but this was my favorite. I will probably carry a supercat as backup.
Pot: .75 liter pot. Nuff said?
Bag: North Face, forget the name. It is old enough they don't list it any more. Synthetic, twenty degree bag, that I got cheap off an older gent who kept it in good shape. Keeps me warm and is not heavy.
Pad: zlite pad
Poles: rei trekking poles
I have other misc stuff like clothing, light, fire, utensils, fuel, etc but this is pretty much the list. I am trying to keep my pre-food weight below twenty pounds and all of this plus the misc crap I am not itemizing hits about 18.5.
I think that I just have the gear jitters. I have camped with this stuff and it is sufficient.
So I bought a water bottle. It is actually pretty cool for a water bottle. It's a platy soft 1 liter job. When empty it has negative weight and presses so flat that it actually creates more space than it consumes in your pack. Or somethibg like that. REI had it and I now have it. This was achieved by dint of me giving them money. I intend to not repeat the process, but if my fellow hikers are any sort of clue, I will soon be selling items to clean out my gear closet.
I am ready to be home. Broken AC and all, someone take me back to FL tonight. I miss my wife. We spent our 4th anniversary separated by a thousand miles because I am off working on the road.
We will spend our 5th anniversary on the trail together. Hot, swety, dirty, bug-bitten and together beats apart hands down.
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org