Category Archives: Prep

Preparing for my AT Thru Hike 2016

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

Food Prep

The time has come, so HH6 has been harassing me about food prep, dates, and locations. She’s the organizer. I just like to fly by the seat of my pants. However, getting food drops will take a little stress off of me (when I get on the trail anyway), so that’s what we worked on today.

Between now and March 8, I will receive 4 supply drops. Each supply drop will contain 4 days worth of food.  Each box contains the following:

  • Food Prep4 Pasta or Potato (Pasta Sides, etc)
  • 4 Meat (Spam Snacks, Spam, Tyson Chicken, Tuna, Hillshire Farms Summer Sausage, Turkey Snacks)
  • 8 Instant Oatmeal
  • 4 Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • 2 Ramon Noodles
  • 1 Snack Size Ziploc Raisins
  • 1 Snack Size Ziploc Dried Bananas
  • 1 Snack Size Ziploc Granola
  • 4 Snickers
  • 2 Honey Buns
  • 4 Tortillas
  • 4 Jif Chocolate Silk Whips or Nutella
  • Powdered Drink Mix
  • Gum
  • 1 Travel Size Wet Wipes
  • Anything she can think of I might like to eat