Appalachian Trail Packing List

ULA Ohm 2.0 (W/ removables removed) 26.00
ULA Pack Cover 3.50
Trash Compactor Liner 1.65 31.15
Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker Asym Zip - w/o rainfly* 21.75
Tree Straps* 4.25
HammockGear Cuben Fiber Hex Tarp* 5.50
Stakes 3.00 34.50
Sleep System:
HammockGear Burrow 50 deg Top Quilt* 15.25
HammockGear Incubator 40 deg Under Quilt* 16.64
Acorn VersaFit fleece socks 2.50
Exped Air Pillow 3.00 37.39
Monatauk Gnat Stove 1.60
IsoPro Fuel Canister 4.00
Snow Peak Trek 700 Ti Cooker w/lid 4.80
Kettle cozy 1.00
Kupilka 21 3.03
Sea to Summit Long-Handle Ti Spoon 0.39
Nalgene 8 oz HDPE Olive Oil Bottle 1.75
AntiGravityGear TreeLine 40' Spectra 725 1.25
Food Bag - Sea to Summit 13L Ultra-Sil Dry Sack 1.40
Bic Lighter 0.75 19.97
Water Treatment and Carry:
Sawyer Mini Water Filter (Wet weight) 1.69
16 oz Sawyer Squeeze Bag 0.75
1.5L Evernew Water Carry 1.27
600ml Gatorade Bottles (2) 2.88
Sawyer Backflush Syringe 1.13 7.72
Clothing (In Pack):
Base layer bottom - REI MTS Merino 7.38
Base Layer Top - REI MTS Merino 7.75
Golight Merino Tee 5.50
Shorts 4.38
Underwear, Icebreaker merino briefs (1 pr) 2.13
Socks Vermont Darn Tough (1 pr) 2.50
Marmot Nano Rain Jacket 9.25
Patagonia Houdini Windshirt 4.30
Lukes Ultralite Down Vest 4.00
Merino Buff 1.75
Hat - Merino Wool 2.00
Gloves - Smartwool Liners 1.50
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil 20L Day Pack 2.13 54.57
First Aid, Hygiene & Sanitation:
First Aid Kit* 9.25
Hygene Kit* 10.30
TP Kit* 5.75 25.30
Princeton Tec Fred Headlamp 2.75
Guide Book (relevant sections) 4.38
iPod in Aloksak 1.50
Moleskine Plain Cahier Journal in Aloksak 2.00
Knife, Buck Hartsook Fixed Blade 1.18
MSR Pack Towel 0.63
Repair Kit 2.88
SDHC Cards 1.16
Camera Dry Bag 1.63
Battery Charging System 8.63 26.74
Base Weight 14.83 Lbs
Food 8.00 Lbs
Water 2.65 Lbs
Total Pack Weight 25.48 Lbs
* Stuff sack included in weight

Been tweaking my pack weight for the last couple of years. Everytime I come home from a section, I evaluate what I used, and what I didn't, and I look for opportunities to reduce weight without breaking the bank.

In the last year, I switched from sleeping bags to quilts, and from tent-based shelter and sleep systems, to those built around a hammock. With all the changes, I was able to move into a smaller, lighter pack.

I'm of the belief that there is a fundamental difference between long-distance hiking, and shorter trips. I am more apt to carry comfort items, and what I need to keep myself clean on long hikes. Some will mock me for this. To them I say "HYOH!"

Another difference is that on long hikes I don't always have the benefit of good weather forecasting. So I prepare for the worst conditions I expect. This load is designed to be a late-spring in Shenandoah load. It might be a little heavy on warm clothing, but I expect to mail that stuff home just as soon as I feel that's prudent.

I'm struggling with a couple of items. I've experimented with a couple of variations on camp shoe/sandals, but they were both just shy of a half pound. I didn't carry camp shoes in a 640 mile section in 2012, and I havn't put them in this load. But I like the idea of having something on my feet in those less than sterile, communal showers. Maybe I'll find some cheap flip-flops.

The other thing that's not on this list is my Thermarest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad. I don't need it for the hammock-based sleep system, but I would if I choose to sleep in a shelter or three along the way. It's another 8 oz ... I'm guessing, in the end, it'll be in my pack.

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