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rhonda rouyer
(rrouyer) - F

Locale: deep south
An evaluation of the gear I packed on 06/08/2010 21:53:24 MDT Print View

I posted my gear list for my AT section hike earlier and got some good advice, some I followed some I did not. One suggestion was to take what I listed then see if I could go without it and reevaluate when I got home.

I decided I could leave the extra shirt at home next time. I can be dirty but not cold or wet. So the clothing weight should be saved for that.

I did fine with just the shorts I was wearing.

I definitely need a thicker pad. i brought my 10 oz zrest and never slept good on any of the 6 nights. Too hard.

My food was just about right, not much left over, just a few snack crackers and nuts.

The SPOT never worked so I will not be using that or carrying it again.
(hope they will refund it at Bass Pro..)

Loved the StickPic I added at the last minute.

I needed/used everything else. My total base was 14 lbs and fully loaded for the week was 24. Felt great and no pressure soreness on my hips or shoulders.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: An evaluation of the gear I packed on 06/09/2010 10:05:07 MDT Print View

I'm glad you had a good trip Rhonda. For a pad you might look at the Thermarest Neoair or Kooka Bay Air Mats if you don't need much insulation. If you need more insulation you might look at the Thermarest Womans Prolite, Prolite Plus, a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core or Kooka Bay down or synthetic insulated mat (custom- you have to email him).

rhonda rouyer
(rrouyer) - F

Locale: deep south
neo air on 06/09/2010 10:14:59 MDT Print View

I have considered the neoair but not sold based on some reviews. Would love more information from those who have one. Maybe check the gear review pages. It was a fantastic hike!

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
An evaluation of the gear I packed on 06/09/2010 11:49:27 MDT Print View

+1 for "Big Agnes Insulated Air Core"

Not UL but who cares when it comes to sleep. Just go as small as you can.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
hammock on 06/09/2010 12:39:00 MDT Print View

i know this is off topic, but have you ever considered a hammock, never had a bad night sleep since i switched. They can be as light as ground setups nowadays.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: hammock on 06/09/2010 13:15:17 MDT Print View

I know it works great for some people but you can't use it on the AT in the Smoky's as you have to stay in the shelters.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
Are you sure? on 06/09/2010 13:53:50 MDT Print View

I thought there were various campsites around. I also thought that on the AT it didn't matter as long as you were "thru'ing" the smokies.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: Are you sure? on 06/09/2010 13:59:03 MDT Print View

If you're actually on the AT in the Smokies, you are supposed to stay in shelters. Not doing so would be at one's own risk of fine or whatever other punishment the Ranger's choose to impose.

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
An evaluation of the gear I packed on 06/09/2010 14:13:15 MDT Print View

You will not catch me hiking there without a backup plan though. Those shelters tend to be booked and some people just show up(and didn't reserve).

But of course, yes you do everything possible to make sure your in one of those shelters. Although it doesn't keep me off the trail, I hate those critter infested things but I play by the rules.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Are you sure? on 06/09/2010 14:14:01 MDT Print View

Never done the Smokies (on my list of todos!). On parts of the Virginia AT, there are tent pads at the shelters in case the shelter is full so it's more staying at the shelter and not necessarily actually in the shelter, no such thing in the Smokies?

Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Re: Re: Are you sure? on 06/09/2010 14:16:23 MDT Print View

i'm pretty sure its a $150 fine each camper. and much more if you have a dog as those are not allowed in gsmnp either.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: Re: Are you sure? on 06/09/2010 14:43:59 MDT Print View

Noope, no tenting around the AT shelters in the Smokies.

Jason Hower
(seeksolitude) - MLife

Locale: Coachella Valley
NeoAir on 06/09/2010 14:54:24 MDT Print View

I have used the NeoAir on many trips. I like it a lot, as I tend to like lots of padding. It lets me fine-tune the softness I want based on the amount of air I put in.

rhonda rouyer
(rrouyer) - F

Locale: deep south
It wasn't the SPOT's fault on 06/21/2010 22:15:31 MDT Print View

Okay... gotta fess up. It wasn't the SPOT that malfunctioned it was me. Got my sequence messed up and was waiting for gps signal before pressing OK button when I was supposed to press ok then the gps signal will come on. HUMAN ERROR! Guess I need to go back on the trail and try again.

Ted E
(Mtn_nut) - MLife

Locale: Morrison, CO
get an air mattress on 06/21/2010 23:15:54 MDT Print View

i switched from a zlite full length to a small neoair, and i've never woken up sore since. i still use the zlite under the neoair when im car camping or winter camping.

The neoair is SO much smaller, lighter, and much more comfortable. i got mine from campsaver when it was on sale, and i think it was around a $100 for everything back then (pad, sack, and repair kit). unfortunately, they've raised the price a bit...