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Emily Lisborg
(emilylisborg) - F
northbound AT gear list on 12/16/2013 20:45:20 MST Print View

Another spread sheet! I have weighed everything so those should be pretty accurate. I will probably be starting April 1. list is under my profile.

some notes also,

-the klymit pad will be replaced with a neoair. i can't even find the klymit pad under me when i sleep on it.
-i am taking my camera and journal. i know they're heavy.
-i'll probably carry my marmot 0 degree bag for a month and then switch back to the WM. will a 35 degree bag be warm enough in may? the marmot bag is about 3 pounds but i don't think it'll be worth it to get a lighter warm bag for just one month of hiking.
-my rain jacket is heavy but warm. i'll be getting a lighter poncho as the temps get nicer.
-i got the mountain hardware pack because i had a gift card
-still need to try out the stove, i want to try esibit. are these easy to get on the trail? burning alcohol for 6 mo. makes me nervous. i like to eat good food on the trail and will be cooking dinner most nights.


Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
AT List on 12/16/2013 21:22:07 MST Print View

I would think the 35 degree bag would be okay by May. I'd keep the other clothing layers a bit longer just in case and send them home later.

Emily Lisborg
(emilylisborg) - F
thanks on 12/16/2013 21:40:22 MST Print View

sounds good, those send back dates are tentative and ill just send them back when it seems excessive to continue having them.

Edited by emilylisborg on 12/16/2013 21:41:26 MST.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: northbound AT gear list on 12/17/2013 09:22:21 MST Print View

I would add:

whistle (plastic pealess is best)
backup fire source (another lighter, firesteel, or matches)
patch kit for sleeping pad

I've used Esbit for the last few trips using a titanium wing stove. It works well, but it can sometimes be tricky to light, especially if it gets wet. It also leaves a sticky, fish-smelling mess on the bottom of the pot. I just put my pot in a plastic oven bag and then inside my large food bag to keep it from messing up my other gear. I'm probably going to switch back to using my penny alcohol stove. It's fairly easy to light even using sparks from a firesteel. I prefer to use the firesteel to light it actually because my hands can stay farther away.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
northbound AT gear list on 12/17/2013 11:05:20 MST Print View

I would use alcohol. Its easy to source on the AT. Esbit is not so easy to source.
I will differ from Andy on the need for a compass, map, etc. The AWOL AT Guide is more than enough and much more useful.
The bag should be plenty; a 0 degree bag is a little overkill in my book.
Remember, there will be a lot of hikers with you.

Emily Lisborg
(emilylisborg) - F
yes on 12/17/2013 13:09:45 MST Print View

thanks for the replies everyone. i will be bringing that little guide book that lists all the sites, mts, camps, towns etc. i forget what it's called but it's the 12 edition and only 3 oz maybe. there is alittle whistle on my pack. i will carry some backup matches. i'm not a sunglasses kind of person. i literally bring them on every trip and never end up wearing them, usually i loose them the one time i wear them. ben, yes, the 0 is overkill :) but, i don't have another bag for cold weather so i'll just suck it up for a month or two. thanks for the comments everyone!

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Summer bag? on 12/17/2013 13:43:56 MST Print View

I am a big believe in summer-weight bags for summer on the AT. Nights in June and July in the mid-Atlantic are hot and humid, and you will be roasting in a 35-degree bag. But it's still nice to have something to put over you for the coldest part of the night or to keep the mice/bugs off if you sleep in a shelter.

An inexpensive possibility would be to just go with a sleeping bag liner for the warmest months (maybe keep an emergency blanket in your bag as a backup?). If you're not too cold of a sleeper, you could go with the a mid-weight liner (like the S2S Thermolite) + your 35-degree bag for the whole trail. Then just bounce the WM bag ahead around Front Royal and get it back in CT or MA (just get it back before VT--August nights up there can get cold!).

If you search around, there are a bunch of good threads about sleeping bag liners here on BPL.

Emily Lisborg
(emilylisborg) - F
liners on 12/17/2013 14:30:38 MST Print View

hey scott,

thanks for the suggestions. i tried sleeping in just that for one night in july and it was so uncomfortable. have you ever done a long trek with just a liner? doesn't seem like it would be worth it. i've also not seen any gear lists that don't have some sort of bag or quilt. it's only 16 oz too so it would be minimal weight loss to replace for just a liner.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
compass on 12/17/2013 14:41:41 MST Print View

Ok, that guide counts as a map.

A compass is one of those things you don't need until you need it. ;)

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
re:liners on 12/17/2013 16:36:39 MST Print View

I've never done a long hike with just a liner since I have a summer-weight synthetic bag (good to maybe 45 degrees) that I use in warmer months. But I have slept in my silk liner alone a number of times, and that was fine. I use my silk liner with my sleeping bag all the time if I'm pushing the temperature limits of my bag.

What was so uncomfortable about your liner? What sort of liner was it?

Emily Lisborg
(emilylisborg) - F
liners on 12/18/2013 08:26:04 MST Print View

i do not like sleeping in liners. i've never heard of this either. there's nothing to it and i really think it's probably the same weight as my sleeping bag.