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Jeffrey Hartman
(jeffhartman1019) - F

Locale: midwest
this is it for the most part on 09/25/2007 11:10:33 MDT Print View


this is the majority of the gear list i have for my thru attempt in 08 leaving July 23 southbound in a 3.5 month AT thru adventure

any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated......thanks in advance

pack Gregory G Pack 44 oz
bag REI KILO FLASH 18 oz "FF rock Wren 27 oz
tent Tarptent contrail 26 oz "LunarSoloFtprnt 4.5 oz
rain/pack cover Gatewood Cape 11 oz
sleep pad GG Nightlight torso 3.5oz
Small Stuff ziplock bags,baby wipes sunblock bug spray(DEET)
personal hygn brush/paste hand sanitizer TP
first aid homemade first aid kit ibupropen
firestarter Spark-Lite Firestarting Kit lighter(2)
camera pentax optio w 10 6 oz battery charger memory card (2) battery (2)

pant/short Montane featherlite wind shorts
underwear movingcomfortmicrobrief
outershell MontaneAero(Wndshrt)
shoes Inov-8 Flyroc 310 shoes sandals????
hiking poles REIPeakULCarbon 13.5 oz
tool "Leatherman Micra Multi-tool 2 oz

light black diamond ion hdlmp 1 oz
stove/cooking pepsi can stove .5 oz windscrn/ptstnd 2 oz
guidebook ALDHAThru-Hikr Cmpnn
H2O Nalgene Cantene Water Bottle
platy bag 2L w/hose
food bag 40feet dyneema bear bag cord AirCore Pro URSA Dyneema Bear Bag Hanging Rope (50 feet)

(cuzzettj) - MLife

Locale: NorCal - South Bay
Pack??? on 09/25/2007 13:12:08 MDT Print View

Just curious. It seems like you could really size your pack down With at least a Golite Pinnacle or Jam. The Pinnacle would get you down to 23-24 ounces and give you a lot of room. Or do you feel you need a stiff frame?

Everyone is different. But the Golite are really tough.

Thanks and have a great time.

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Just a couple of things based on a quick look on 09/25/2007 18:30:25 MDT Print View

Curious as to why you would take a Gatewood Cape when you are also using a Tarptent Contrail. If you don't plan on using the Gatewood Cape as shelter, a simple poncho would be lighter and probably a little more breathable.

You will undoubtedly need some insulation layers, which I didn't see listed.

Being out that long, you might also want a cushier pad than the Night Light.


Edited by RiverRunner on 09/25/2007 18:31:45 MDT.

Jeffrey Hartman
(jeffhartman1019) - F

Locale: midwest
follow up on 09/26/2007 07:37:54 MDT Print View

thanks for the feedback

i am still adding to the gearlist....more clothes are definately in order, but i am narrowing down the field

i jsut thought having a two shelter option for now is good and i might decide to go with only one or the other...i need to usee the gatewood a few more times to before i decide to drop one or the other..... many nights in the contrail and i really like it....finally got to test it in the rain last night :)

i have a couple packs in mind if i dont end up liking the G pack..that is a good starter and i might change when i have a finalized gear list

will be fine tuning and hoping for more advice from the BPL please le tme know what you are thinking

thanks much .....good day

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Bags on 09/26/2007 12:31:20 MDT Print View

Going off the feedback I'm getting the Rock Wren won't be warm enough. You'll need a 20 degree or lower.

Jeffrey Hartman
(jeffhartman1019) - F

Locale: midwest
re: bag on 09/26/2007 12:48:48 MDT Print View


so what about the winter wren then....i really like the functionality of this bag ....i will switch out when the time is right in september

please more advice...thanks much

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: this is it for the most part on 09/26/2007 12:59:50 MDT Print View

I would definitely lighten the pack up with either a golite or ULA pack. The G pack seems fragile for the weight. you can get away with the nightlite, but you will probably curse it after a few weeks if you stay in shelters (which from what i've gathered, most thru-hikers start doing mostly shelters by week 2). Get familiar with the gatewood cape and see if you will like it as a primary shelter- dropping 26oz is pretty significant. You will probably want a cookpot :). i would recommend montbell UL down or synthetic layers. They would get you to 20* with the rock wren. A fleece cap would help too. You will probably want some form of entertainment- cards, dice, whiskey, books, airsoft gun for shelter mice hunting, etc. Overall it looks pretty good

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Winter Wren on 09/26/2007 15:35:43 MDT Print View

You could probably make do with that and additional layers. I'm being told temps avg below 35 till Mayish so 20ish plus insulating layers if it gets really windy or cold for tarp/tarptent usage. I'm sure it's different for a tent but neither you or I plan on using one of those so...

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Winter Wren with Overfill on 09/26/2007 16:58:07 MDT Print View

I ordered my Winter Wren with a 2oz. overfill which takes the rating to under 20F. I just had to have the FF down 2 part booties to finish the equation. This is a bag that could be used over Cocoon-like gear, too, so it offers a lot of possibilities.

Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Water Purification? on 09/28/2007 21:21:22 MDT Print View

Where's your water purification equipment?