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Quick gear update

Hello all.  Since starting the trail I have had to adapt some of my gear to better suit the current weather situation. I have added a Sea to Summit Reactor extreme bag liner which claims to add 25 degrees to the bag. I’m not sure on that but it definitely helps some. I replaced my down sweater with my good old trusty Columbia down jacket, and have added neoprene socks to the mix and will be hiking in those and my Vapor gloves only from now on.  I purchased some Northface outer mittens that are waterproof as well.  I will be departing from Dicks Creek Gap later this morning after I get a good hot breakfast and say goodbye to the family.

Packing Up

Final pack weight including water and 3 days worth of food is 25 lbs.

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Appalachian Trail Gear List 2016

Here is a list of what I am carrying along with photos:

  • Osprey Exos 58 
  • Big Agnes Boot Jack 24 deg. Sleeping Bag contained within a Sea to Summit silnylon bag
  • Henry Shires Tarp Tent Pro Trail w/ 7 aluminum stakes
  • Sleeping mat foam to sit on
  • Sea to Summit silnylon pack cover
  • Army polartec 3/4 zip shirt
  • Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System
  • Vargo Titanium spork
  • Polartec Beanie
  • North Face Gloves
  • REI Flash Long Sleeping Pad in Osprey 3L stuff sack
  • Sea to Summit Pillow
  • Brooks Wind Jacket inside Sea to Summit silnylon bag
  • Sea to Summit Daypack


  • Down Sweater
  • Balega no-show Blister-free socks
  • Smartwool heavy socks (sleeping)
  • Underarmour Cold Gear Tights
  • Food in green Sea to Summit 8L bag
  • Photive Volt backup battery, cable, etc
  • “Hiker wallet”
  • Marmot Precip Rain Jacket




  • Recon Wrap, watch
  • Oakley M-frame Sunglasses
  • Standard issue Dysfunctional Veteran ball cap
  • 2 Gatorade bottles
  • Pack Towel, hygiene kit in 1L Sea to Summit bag
  • Balega socks, North Face sleeveless shirt, PT shorts




  • Merrell Vapor Gloves
  • Merrell Trail Gloves
  • Black Diamond Carbon Cork trekking poles
  • Both shoes have Lock Laces

Not shown:

  • 1 Sawyer Squeeze, 1 2L Platypus bladder, 1L Platypus bladder, 1 back flow plunger