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Ttomczik - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2021

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City: Meridian
State: Idaho
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 4, 2021
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sun, Feb 7th, 2021

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Gear list

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final gear list

I have a little under 1 month before I step off. More than likely I will do the

approach trail at Amicalola Falls as the wife and I are staying there before

she heads back to Idaho. The gear list is complete although it came in a

little heavier than I wanted at 18.9 lbs base weight, but I can chalk that up to

winter gear. Once the weather warms up I will lose the woolskins 1/4 zip,

heavy wool socks, trade out the WM Versalite with the REI Magma trail

quilt 20, and whatever else I will ditch after the first month or so. May

also trade out the Nemo Dragonfly with the Nemo Hornet. Summer

base weight shoud be around 16 to lbs which i feel much more comfortable

with. I am certainly not an ultralighter mainly because a freestanding tent

for me is a must have; maybe in the future I will try one of them new fangled

Dyneema tents but for now I am 100% happy to carry the extra weight of a

freestanding shelter.

If I went overboard on anything it would be raingear and water filtration

(carrying both a sawyer squeeze and a Katadyn BFree). Packing my fears lol.

As far as rain gear I am also carrying both a rain jacket and pants along with

a backpacking poncho. Its redundant but the poncho weighs just slightly

more than a pack cover and the poncho can also be used as a ground sheet

for cowboy camping and honestly does a better job of keeping myself and

my pack dry if I need to hunker down under a tree to wait out a downpour.

Ponchos are goofy looking but well worth the carry in wet climes IMO. If I

decide to not carry the rainjacket and pants I would save 20.8 ozs and thats

a lot, still debating......I can always send stuff home if/when I feel I dont want

or need them.

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