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Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
AT 2008 SOBO gear list!!!! on 02/18/2008 14:13:58 MST Print View

Hello everyone, please take a look and let me know any constructive criticism!! Especially regarding an item I haven't bought yet. My start date will most likely be early July, but it's flexible.

I definitely feel that my rain gear could use some improvement. Has anyone used an umbrella on the AT? I don't have much umbrella experience but I love the psychological boost of being "out of the rain."

Here's the list! Thank you.

Heather Pisani-Kristl
(P-K) - F

Locale: San Diego
Rain gear on 02/18/2008 18:07:40 MST Print View

Hi Brittany,
I can't speak to any of the AT besides the Whites, but you might want to check out Ben & Lauren's blog at They were '07 NOBOs and had a gear list that was very similar to yours. FWIW, they carried GoLite umbrellas and Dri-Ducks jackets. If you got a similar garment, it could double as a windshirt, thus taking an item off your list (you could omit the umbrella then, too). I carry a silnylon poncho, windshirt and brimmed hat, myself, and hike in wind pants 'cause I'm a klutz.

Your headlamp could be lighter; have you looked at the Petzl e+lite or a Photon Freedom with a hat clip, each of which is well under an ounce? That also sounds like a lot of DEET to start out with. I know the following will add weight, but have you thought about: camera, sunscreen or visor/hat, earplugs in case you're stuck in a shelter or hostel with snorers? Oh yeah: and a little soap, like Dr. Bronner's, and some alcohol gel (Purell).

Ok, enough from me. Time for some thru-hikers to weigh in. Have fun!!

Edited by P-K on 02/18/2008 18:12:01 MST.

Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
I need to weigh more things! on 02/18/2008 19:53:43 MST Print View

Thank you Heather for your reply! I will definitely be reading Ben & Lauren's blog.

I don't have a headlamp yet, that weight was an uneducated guess, as was the weight for the DEET. I'll look into the headlamps you suggested! My boyfriend is bringing a camera, and I'm planning to use the umbrella for any sunny sections. However if I ditch the umbrella I'll need sunscreen. Earplugs - good suggestion I will add those. I just went on a factory tour where we needed earplugs - I should've snagged a pair. Soap - I normally make do with a soap free bandanna bath!


Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Headlamp on 02/18/2008 20:23:49 MST Print View

Unless you plan on hiking at night, I highly recommend the Petzl E-Lite. 1oz, multiple settings including red LED, and clips to hat brims if needed.

Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
Mariposa vs Mariposa Plus on 02/19/2008 08:03:33 MST Print View

Thank you Douglas!

Also I've been going back and forth on getting a Mariposa or Mariposa Plus. I like the color of the original better, and it's on sale right now at GG. But the Plus is sturdier and can carry a heavier load, which I might need if the AT has a drought like last year. The 2oz weight difference between the two doesn't matter to me.

Jessen Jacobsen
(SmokiesHanger) - F

Locale: Boulder
Re: Mariposa vs Mariposa Plus on 02/19/2008 08:16:16 MST Print View

I recently got the Mariposa Plus instead of the normal Mariposa. I've had silnylon packs before, and I like the M. Plus's material much better. More durable and feels better.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Mariposa Plus curved stays? on 02/19/2008 18:26:51 MST Print View

Has anyone heard about a timeframe for a change to curved stays on the Maricopa Plus?

Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
Mariposa Plus on 02/20/2008 10:30:24 MST Print View

Well I went ahead and ordered the Mariposa Plus. I'm going on a shakedown hike during spring break in early March, so I couldn't put off the decision any longer!

Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
down jacket sizing on 02/24/2008 15:25:38 MST Print View

hey everyone,

I got my Mariposa Plus in the mail on Friday, as well as my Montbell Alpine down jacket. I got a jacket size L using my measurements and the guide on the website. However, I think the jacket may be too big. It doesn't fit snuggly with two layers underneath. How can I tell if the fit is right??

I know it's a balancing act because a too big jacket won't keep me as warm as I could be, while a too small jacket will compress the down. Help!! I may buy a medium and compare the fit, then return the one I don't like.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
AT Hike on 03/04/2008 20:06:46 MST Print View

Sun exposure is not a problem on the AT. With the exception of a few open ridges and summits, you will be hiking in the shade even in the Smokies. I encountered several straight days of rain in August in VT, and was glad to have an umbrella which I rigged to carry hands free. It was most helpful when I stopped for a break in the pouring rain. I still got wet, however. so I no longer carry an umbrella. The highlight of my time with the umbrella is when I passed a woman who said she considered carrying an umbrella, but thought she would look stupid with it. Then I passed by a shelter in a downpour with hikers huddled inside. I asked for "Grey Poupon", but got only icy stares. The low point of carrying an umbrella was during a lightning storm. Somehow having a metal umbrella waving above my head was not comforting. As for a headlamp, go for one with strong one-bulb spot in the center. It will be helpful if you have to hike in the dark. I have used just a Photon (green) to hike but it only shows the trail at your feet. Take note that colored lights also change the color of the white blazes.