Early Spring AT Gear list
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Travis Newman
(stonefree) - F

Locale: Cascades
Early Spring AT Gear list on 04/13/2009 14:05:55 MDT Print View

Here is my gear list for a Spring Trip which I will be taking on the A.T. for three days. Just wondering if anybody has any additions or subtractions that I should go about making. It would be nice to maybe get to SUL, but I would have to make some serious drops in weight and or buy some new gear for a trip like this.
Best,
Travis

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pFmKHhjNkYdBIhv9Q3pXTfg

Edited by stonefree on 04/13/2009 14:11:00 MDT.

Courtney Waal
(d0rqums) - F
Re: "Early Spring AT Gear list" on 04/13/2009 22:59:27 MDT Print View

That actually looks pretty good. Oddly enough, the only thing I can think of is a suggestion to ADD more weight in the form of a second outfit for sleeping or regular wear. You're almost guaranteed to get soaked to the core by rain and it can be fairly miserable if you're stuck in one set of completely wet clothes.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Early Spring AT Gear list on 04/14/2009 05:04:18 MDT Print View

Looks pretty good to me. As for extra clothing, I have yet to go to bed wet on any SE trip including in the Smokies. I never carry more than 1 of any clothing item except socks. This includes all four seasons down here.

Edited by simplespirit on 04/14/2009 05:04:48 MDT.

Courtney Waal
(d0rqums) - F
Re: "Early Spring AT Gear list" on 04/14/2009 08:19:55 MDT Print View

Oops, I just noticed he's on the southern end of the trail. That would make a difference ;)

Justin Marney
(gotascii) - M

Locale: Shenandoah
RE: Early Spring AT Gear list on 04/14/2009 10:59:32 MDT Print View

I backpack in the same region you do and I'm currently packing a DriDucks rain jacket. I got my first chance to use it in the field in the rain last weekend and it kept me dry through an hour+ of rain while hiking downhill (i.e. not strenuous). My L (maybe XL I can't remember) DriDucks jacket weighs 6oz on my postal scale. You could shave ~3oz for a 20$ rain jacket with this change.

Frank Deland
(rambler) - M

Locale: On the AT in VA
more water carrying capacity on 05/25/2009 20:02:53 MDT Print View

Water can be an issue in several areas along the AT. Several shelters do not have near-by water sources. You do not want to have to be making multiple trips back and forth for water. At least have a 3 liter container. For evening meals and extra drinking water at dinner, breakfast and to start the day's hike, I might have 4 to five liters of water at once. Check to see how far the water source is for each shelter location you plan to stay at. Sources might be .4 away or 800 feet down a steep climb. Two liters of containers is not enough.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: more water carrying capacity on 05/25/2009 20:16:38 MDT Print View

I deal with infrequent water sources all the time. Water is the heaviest thing you can carry. Perhaps a better methodolgy would be to eat dinner near the water source. Then you only need to carry a liter or two to your evening campsite; depending upon the distance to the next source. For breakfast, break camp and hike to the next source, then cook your morning meal near that source.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
water on 05/26/2009 21:59:19 MDT Print View

While there can be water problems on the AT in Summer and Fall, there are hardly ever problems in the Spring. In over 500 miles of section hiking the AT in all seasons, I have never carried more than two liters. You might check www.whiteblaze.net before you go and check the water in that area.

Frank Deland
(rambler) - M

Locale: On the AT in VA
water issues on 05/28/2009 16:25:57 MDT Print View

I agree, Brad, but I have had to lug water to shelters whose supply was dry or not close by. One was just last week in PA (Darlington) As a rule, I start with 2 liters of water and usually end the day with a little bit still left over. However, when I come to a water source along the trail during the day, I try to drink a liter before moving on. Without ever feeling thirsty, I got dehydrated twice on week long hikes with dire consequences: kidney stones. Now I try to drink a lot, (enough to keep the urine clear). My platypus is about 3 liters and I carry two small 1 liter bottles which are empty most of the time, except in camp. Some use water bag for camp use.

hunter nelson
(hunt4car) - F
poles on 05/29/2009 02:03:15 MDT Print View

im no expert in how much your hiking poles should weigh but you could lose a half lb or more getting some carbon fiber poles which dont cost all that much. you did well excluding that.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Re: Early Spring AT Gear list on 05/30/2009 21:14:47 MDT Print View

Travis,
It would help to know the section you will be traveling. Those who are familiar with that section may have news about water sources. I hike a lot in VA, MD and PA. I have never had to carry more that 1L at a time, and on my last trip a few weeks ago I carried none, of course that's here. I have found that I can drink my fill at a source, hike on, and drink at the next source. I would recommend at least 3L capacity, though. It is nice to have a fresh supply in the morning so you're hiking without a trip back to the source. So, I think we're all calling for investigation on water in the area. We're all smart.
Also, knowing the elevation you'll expect my help with some questions I have about your puffy items.
Good list. I have a few questions, and most I think, deal with personal preference. But why not ask?
Do you need the Wisp if the Virga will cut the wind too?
There is no weight posted on the GLAD bowl, but you already have the Snowpeak 600, do you need two containers?
Would you consider moving the FireLite Mini to your Aircore 1 lanyard and ditching the lighter? The FireLite will light your stove.
These are little things. The list looks great. How do you like your Murmur?