This is my complete Appalachian Trail Gear List. Most of this gear is not new and has withstood 1000s of miles of hiking and cycle touring. A lot of this gear is still with me after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2016 and some has been with me for the last 3 plus years as I’ve hiked and cycled my way from Alaska to Argentina. If I’m using the gear then I believe in it. My Lightweight hiking Gear list base weight is around 6kg (13lb).
Appalachian Trail Gear List
Shelter + Pack + Sleep System
Nemo Hornet 1 Person Tent– 850 Gram.
Osprey Packs Exos 48– 900 grams (minus the brain lid).
Nemo Nocturne 15F / -9C Down Sleeping Bag = 1060 grams.
Nemo Matress – 355 Grams
Therm-a-Rest Stuff Sack Pillow– 77 Grams
Pack Liner/Garbage bag – 60 Grams.
I change up my hiking shoes that I wear depending on the conditions I am likely to face. If the weather is cold and or wet then I like the waterproof GoreTex boots. A lot of other long distance hikers disagree with me on waterproof boots, they work great for me. If the weather is more tropical then I like the non waterproof shoe.
Vasque Breeze III Low GTX Shoe with custom Orthotics – 982 grams
Darn Tough Merino Wool Socks 48 grams x 3
Outdoor Research Filament Hooded Jacket – 281 grams.
PrAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants – 430 grams.
Smartwool Base Layer Pants – 150 grams
Smartwool LS Shirt– 255 grams.
Reebok unpadded Cycle Shorts – 85 grams.
Merino Wool Midweight Balaclava – 60 grams
Patagonia Shorts – 119grams
Gloves – 65 grams
PCT Sunhat 55 grams – A great lightweight sunhat
Sunglasses – 50 grams
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket 180 Grams
Outdoor Research Helium Pants 153 Grams
Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow 8 oz. Ultralight Hiking Umbrella – 227 Grams
Trekking Poles and Snow Gear
Evernew Ti DX Stove Titanium 86 Grams.
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset with homemade aluminum foil lid 114 Grams.
Sea To Summit X-Mug – 78 grams
Titanium Spoon 12 Grams
Gerber STL 2.0 Knife 28 Grams
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System 85 Grams
Steripen rechargable– 140 grams
Katadyn Micropur Water Purifier Tabs 20 Grams.
Bic Lighter – 20 Grams – A necessary item, obviously.
600ml Coke Bottle to store alcohol for stove – 27 grams
During the hot sections of the Appalachian Trail I will go ‘Stoveless’, using a small plastic peanut butter jar to rehydrate food, this should save about 200 grams of weight and a lot of extra weight in fuel that I will not need to carry.
Electronics and Camera
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB + headphones + cable + LifeProof Case 149 grams.
Canon PowerShot G16 + spare battery + case + spare memory card 473Grams.
Power-Gem 10000mAh Ultra Light – 155 grams (5.47 oz)
Anker 24W Dual USB Wall Charger + Cables 65 grams.
Plastic zip lock bags
Money / ID / Credit Cards
Foot infection anti-biotic
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Deet insect repellent
My Appalachian Trail Gear List weighs about 6.5kg (14lb).