Gear List

Note: Lucas and I have no idea how much we spent on gear. However, we purchased most of it at a discounted price. Here’s a few suggestions on how to find deals.

  • The Clymb, Steep & Cheap, and the REI-OUTLET are good places to check regularly. Also, look in the clearance section of your local outdoor stores, and even generic retail outlets.
  • Amazon! Just make sure to watch the prices (they change often). Amazon also refers you to deals offered by other sites like Sierra Trading Post, and if you click through the colors on various items, odd colors are almost always cheaper (hence why my clothes are so bright).
  • Don’t forget thrift-stores, especially if there are outdoor related ones in your area. Lucas bought a nice Columbia fleece from Goodwill for less than two dollars.

With that said, here’s our gear list!

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SLEEP SYSTEM                                                                      Lucas                  Montana

General Item Specifics
Tent Tarp Tent Squall 2 (6 stakes)
Sleeping Pad Therm-a-Rest Prolite & Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus Short
Sleeping Bag The North Face Cat’s Meow & The North Face Cat’s Meow Women
Sleeping Bag Liner Coleman Stratus Fleece & Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Liner

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PACK
Backpack Osprey Atmos 50 & ULA Circuit
Space Blanket Mylar Emergency Blanket
Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bags
Stuff Sacks Sea to Summit eVac Bag x2 and Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack x2

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KITCHEN
Cook Pot Evernew Ultralight Titanium 1.3 L
Stove Homemade Alcohol Stove with 8 oz denatured alcohol as fuel, & aluminium windscreen
Spork Snowpeak Titanium x2
Plate Sea to Summit Collapsible Plate

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Water/First Aid
Water System/Purification 2L Platypus Bladder x2 & Platypus GravityWorks
Bear Bag and Rope Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack & orange 550 paracord
Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bags
Knee Braces Cho-Pat Dual Action x4
First Aid Kit Ibuprofen, Medical Tape, 6 Bandages, Gauze, Benzoin Tincture, 2 gloves, tweezers, nail clippers, antihistamine, safety pins, tiny floss, thread, needle, and Iodine Tablets.
 Bug Net  Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net x2
Pot Scrapper GSI Outdoors Compact Scraper
Toiletries In Ziplock bag – Sunscreen, insect repellent, chapstick x2, toothbrushes, small toothpaste, Bronner’s soap in 2oz bottle,  Wet Ones, gold bond, petroleum jelly, and hair ties.
Mirror Coghlan’s Feather Light Camping Mirror Survival

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CLOTHES
Shoes Salawa Men’s & Women’s Wildfire, Superfeet Blue Premium Insoles, $10 croc-offs from Walmart, and Women’s Vibram Five Finger   
Pants Target Champion pants & Outdoor Research Women’s Voodoo Pant
T-shirts Target Champion shirts x2
Socks Injinji toe sock liners x4, SmartWool Lightweight Hiking Socks x4, and SmartWool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Socks x2 as camp socks
Longsleeve Minus33 Merino Wool Turtleneck & SmartWool Zip-up
Rain Gear The North Face Venture Rain Jacket Hyvent & Women’s Marmot Precip Rain Jacket
Jackets ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket, Scott Synthetic Down Jacket, and Columbia Fleece jacket x 2
Misc. Fleece Gloves x2, Minus33 Merino Wool Cuff Beanie, Polyester Hat, Minus33 Merino Wool Midweight Balaclava, 3 Bandanas/buffs x2, and Brimmed Hats x2
BaseLayer Tights Minus33 Merino Wool Leggings & Columbia Women’s Baselayer Tights
Underwear Men’s ExOfficio Boxers x2, Women’s ExOfficio Boy Cut x2, and Polyester Bras from Target x2
Shorts Billabong Boardshorts & Columbia Cross On Over Cargo Shorts

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MISCELLANEOUS/ELECTRONICS
Headlamps x2
Knifes Morakniv Companion Knife & Razor Blade
Notebooks Moleskin Soft Notebook Large & Volant Large x4 pens
Electronics

PowerGen 6000mAh charger, Sansa Mp3 player, x2 headphones, water resistant watch, and cords

Phones/camera Iphone 5 & LifeProof Case/Motofone f3

Final Notes:

  • Montana’s backpack baseweight is about 16lbs and Lucas’ is 19lbs.
  • Our tent uses trekking poles to prop it up, and only weighs 2lbs. Best. Investment. Ever. Check-out TarpTent.
  • There are great quick-dry clothes at Target. We even bought a water-resistant watch on sale for $10, aka our alarm clock.
  • For the ladies with back pain or Scoliosis, Target also has quick-dry bras (not sports bras) that feel fantastic.
  • Columbia fleece jackets last forever. I’ve had a boy’s fleece for seven years. It has survived everyday use, numerous rock climbing & camping trips, summited a mountain, and more. No snags, no holes–it’s perfect.
  • Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Braces are great for crummy knees. Seriously. Get these babies if you experience discomfort or pain. I’ll write a review soon.
  • We’ll mail our cold weather gear back home around Damascus, VA, so our pack weight will drop a few pounds.

And that’s just about it!

We start our thru-hike in less than a week. I hope we don’t have to send things back at Neels Gap! (;

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5 thoughts on “Gear List

  1. You sound all set, good for you. I still have to get a first aid kit together and person hygiene type things. And pills. And finalize what I am actually bringing for clothing to start. Plenty of time, less than 2 weeks.

  2. I read about that tent! I feel much better about it now lol. I thought it was a 1 man! DO IT! DOOOOOOOOO IT!!!
    Friendship. Be safe. Can’t wait to read all about it.

  3. I just read “Bear, BBQ, and Body Aches” on Appalachian Trials, and I am so happy that you have found your way to the Blueberry Patch. Gary and Lennie are such wonderful people, and to be at the Patch, is truly to feel you are in the arms of friends.
    Your gear lists look pretty awesome, and now all you two need to add is grit, determination, and perseverance. I hope to run into you later this year on my way south.
    TicTac
    SoBo14

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