I am planning a thru-hike starting March 15, 2012 northbound on the Appalachian Trail. Most of the gear that I already have is too heavy or has been discarded. So I am trying to build either an ultralight or super ultralight gear list for my thru hike, however I am on a budget and am having some major trouble staying on budget. Here is my list on GearGrams:
My AT Gear List
It is a little extensive, sorry. If you could take a look at my complete list that would be great, as I am also looking to get rid of items to get a base weight below 8 pounds or find lighter and cheaper alternatives. If not see the next paragraph.
The main items that I would love to cut the cost on or would like to find an alternative are the following:
Description Weight(oz.) E[Price]
Zpacks Exo; 15.2; 326; options included
Zpacks Hexamid Solo Plus; 9.9; 380
Zpacks Groundsheet Poncho; 5; 145
Zpacks 20* Bag Overfilled; 21; 372
Pacific Out Eq. Peak Elite AC; 14; 75; heavy
Gossamer Gear LT4; 7.2; 160
Starter Tee; 6.5; 10; heavy, alternative?
Starter Shorts; 5; 12; heavy, alternative?
Starter Wind Pants; 9; 16; heavy, alternative?
Montbell Tachyon Anorak; 3.2; 65
Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket; 6.5; 190
Again if you could look at my complete list that would be awesome. Sorry if it seems like I am trying to pawn off responsibilities, but I need to buy my gear soon and between this and graduate school applications I am unable to find the time to continue searching for gear.
I would love to make my own gear, but I do not simply think that I would have the time if the project would even me mildly time consuming.