>Exactly when do you plan to start?
Probably mid Feb. My parents live about 2 hours south of Atlanta so if I bail out for a while I can just go there and hunt hogs for a few weeks.
>Are you planning on staying mostly in the shelters? If so, my choice would be a shaped tarp.
Have not decided yet. I just finished moding a campmor extened poncho into a 5x12 tarp with a beak. Sort of a test run. Weighs about 14 oz and has a lot of room. Basically 9'x5' or there abouts. Set it up into a shaped tarp and it looks good. Sort of a forester, with the flap on the long side.
One hiking pole setup. I think I am going to build a hybred bug tent for it with a tyvek or silnylon door so that would work in shelters. Set up like that it really turns the tarp into a tent fly. I may rebuild it though from scratch and clean it up a bit, get rid of some of the seams etc.
Here is a sketchup of it. Maybe I will just stick with this.
If I knew I was not going to stay in shelters much, I would perfer a real tent though. I like privacy so I need to think about it more, but with a solid door the above should be somewhat private. I did some short AT hikes in the early 80's and never cared for the shelters too much.
>You'll need some kind of bivy or inner tent in the shelter to keep the mice off.
I will be sure to bring my mouse trap. Good for a free meal via Cody Lundin. I will have a tyvek bivy, mostly for the down bag, a bit extra water protection, and extra insul in winter.
>My plan for this winter is a Duomid with a MYOG 1.1/silnyl inner tent. I'll make a mesh/silnyl inner for bug season. I think a system like this is much more versatile for AT hikers. Using a gatewood could get your baseweight down pretty low, but I'm not a huge fan of ponchos, especially in winter.
Duomid sounds nice. I am going to have some sort of suit, driducks or the real deal. Probably an umbrella if I can find one thats not too heavy.
>What's your clothing system like?
Winter - Probably 2 sets of merino johns, one to sleep in, 3-4 pairs of socks, one to sleep in, BPL type MYOG insul pants, just ordered a salsa jacket, but not sure if it will fit. I also have a heavy polarguard snowlion jacket that is super warm, but really too heavy for UL backpacking at about 30oz. Had it a long time.Added zippers under the arm pits and you can wear it hiking all day long with just a shirt and be comfy from cool to very cold temps. MYOG blaclava, MYOG minima type vest, driducks, micro fleece scarf, mits, + the normal stuff.
After looking at this list, I dont even think I need a stinkin sleeping bag !!
Well maybe just my #2 will do.
>This will have a pretty significant bearing on your sleep system. If you have a warm jacket with hood, you can go a little lighter on the liner, and send the jacket home when it warms up. I would choose an overquilt instead of a liner though. Having a layer of climashield over your down might keep the Montbell drier by shifting the temp gradient outside the bag's shell.
Sounds like a good idea.
>I've had decent success in temps around 0F with this system: Marmot Hydrogen, MYOG 2.5 climashield quilt, Patagonia down hoody, MYOG cs booties, MYOG cs knickers. The knickers are simple, were easy to make, and seem to make a huge difference by insulating my groin/upper thighs.
Convinced. I think I will maybe go back to my old plan of a climasheild over bag. For some reason I am just hooked into building a 9-10oz inflatable cuben quilt. I will probably still do it one day.
So in that light I could, just carry my #2 into spring and summer which would be way too hot for summer, or do you think a 2.5oz climasheild momentum quilt, bivy with a BPL type jacket and pants, heavy sock, blacava keep me warm in spring and fall.
>Good luck on your hike! Take as much MYOG as possible; I love seeing the incredulous looks of all the folks with their giant packs full of brand-new, brand-name gear! Especially after a night of horrible storms, when they got wet and cold, and I stayed dry and warm!
I used to be one of those people !!
Thanks for the help.