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Gorp-Gobbler - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2019

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City: Grove City
State: Ohio
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 1, 2019
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

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"Equipment Swapping"

I Think These Will Work

I’ve been busy getting ready for my “Sheltowee Trace/Benton MacKaye Trail” hike and at the same time, doing more research on equipment and ways to lighten up my pack for the 2019 AT hike.

I’m going to swap out some of my equipment for items that will provide more room (tent), and be lighter (sleeping bag and sleeping pad).

I’m currently using a LightHeart Gear “Solong 6” tent. It’s extremely light but doesn’t provide a whole lot of room with it’s 45”X12” center height, and walls that slope down to 8” on both sides and a width of 30”. They have it listed weighing 2 lbs. It requires 2 treking poles and 6 stakes to erect it which keeps the weight down.

I’m swapping it out for a Big Agnes “Copper Spur HV UL2”. Trail weight for this tent is listed as 2 lbs. 12 oz., but there is a lot of room inside of it. Head height is 40” with sides at 88”X52”X42”. The walls are much steeper so I’ll be able to move around in it while packing or changing clothes without hitting the tent fabric. Another good feature I liked about this tent is the fact it’s “Free Standing” which will be handy for the tent platforms used up in the New England area.

I’m thinking about swapping out my sleeping bag with The North Face’s “Gold Kazoo”. This bag is rated at 35°F, has their 650 ProDown insulation and weighs just 2 lbs. The cooler weather bag I’m using now has a synthetic insulation and weighs 3 lbs., so I can shave a whole pound off. The “Gold Kazoo” is 8 oz. lighter than my warm weather bag and will eliminate the need of having to ship and receive my bags during the hike.

The next item I’ve decided to swap out is my sleeping pad. I’m currently using a Big Agnes “Air Core” pad. This pad is 20”X72”X3.25” and weighs 21 oz. The Therm-a-Rest “NeoAir XLite” pad is 20”X72”X2.5” and weighs a mere 12 oz.

I’m still undecided which pack I’ll carry on this hike, it will either be my Osprey “Exos 48” or my ULA “Circuit”. I’m using the Osprey on my ST/BMT hike, so I’ll see how it works out. It weighs 2 lbs. 4 oz., where the “Circuit” weighs 2 lbs. 11 oz.

Big Agnes “Copper Spur HV UL2” 2 lbs. 12 oz.

The North Face “Gold Kazoo” 2 lbs.

Therm-a-Rest “NeoAir XLite” 12 oz.

Osprey “Exos 48” 2 lbs. 4 oz.

7 lbs. 12 oz.

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