Gear List

This post is one of “those”.

A post about gear.

If the thought of slogging through a page of brand names and ounces makes your eyes glaze over then perhaps you should get out while the gettin’ is good.

For those of you that like to compare and contrast other’s gear lists with your own, welcome. Being that I haven’t been backpacking since I was a Girl Scout, I had to start from scratch. I scoured the interwebs for the lightest and cheapest of gear all while mentally checking off all the things I could live without. Soap, I can leave behind. But hand sanitizer, naw bruh. I’m a nurse, that’s like asking me to leave behind my legs.



Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Backpack – 32.7 oz

Six Moons Lunar Solo Tent – 24 oz

REI Joule 21 Sleeping bag – 35 oz

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Sleeping Pad Short – 20.1 oz

Sea to Summit Aero Ultralight Pillow – 2 oz

Snow Peak Litemax – 1.9 oz

Snow Peak Mini Solo Cookset – 5.5 oz

Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork Long – 0.4 oz

Fuel – 16 oz

Marmot Precip Rain Jacket – 11.4 oz

Bedrock Sandals – 9 oz

Petzl Tikka Headlamp – 3 oz

REI boys midweight long underwear (fit just fine, but was 50$ cheaper!!)

Darn Tough Socks

Ex-Officio Underwear

Hygeine (toothpaste, toothbrush, tweezers, nail clippers, foldable brush)

First Aid (Ibuprofen, bandaids, cortizone, neosporin, alcohol swabs, mole skin)

Aqua Mira Water treatment

Camp towel

2 bandanas

Sulu46 Tark Trowel

Cell phone (With Guthook’s App) and Cell phone battery

AT Guide (we’ll see how long I keep it)


Small Journal and pen



Smartwool  Baselayer crew

Some Target exercise tights

Kuhl Shorts

Patagonia R2 Fleece

Patagonia Down Sweater

Hat and mittens


Darn Tough Socks

Ex-Officio Underwear

Salomon X Mission 3 Shoes

Black Diamond Hiking poles

It looks like a lot of stuff.

Overall my pack weighs just under 12 lbs without food and water. My goal was 10 lbs, but even after paring all the stuff I thought “I might need”, still left me with things I KNOW I can’t live without.

For instance, the pillow. For some, that is a luxury, but I’ve tried to sleep with my jacket balled up in a sack, and I just can’t do it. To me, a good nights sleep is worth the extra 2 ounces.  I figure if that is what will keep me on the trail, then I’ll carry it.

When the weather warms up, I’ll be sending for my sleeping quilt which is considerably lighter (16.5oz). But the downside is that even thought it is rated to 30 degrees, a few sleepless nights in the 20s at Death Valley NP convinced me that a warmer sleeping bag is in order.

See, it packs down pretty small.

Well, that’s it for the gear talk. I’ll post back later with what worked for me and what doesn’t.





Here I go…

If you made it to this blog, it means you are somewhat interested in my Appalachian Trail thru hike. I’ll try to not be boring, but I can’t promise anything.

The idea to hike the AT came to me while drinking, as these things often do, at an after party some time back when I played roller derby. Somebody there was planning to start their own thru hike and I yakked at them at length about their supplies and route. I get chatty when I drink.

I didn’t realize it then, but a bug got hold of me, and ever since have toyed with the idea of going myself. Life got in the way and I would forget and rediscover this latent desire of mine many times. It wasn’t until recently (meaning the past year) that I decided that 2018 was the year it is going to happen. And here I am, about to depart tomorrow to Springer mountain and undertake a monumental journey of epic proportions (for me anyway).

I’m 37 and haven’t been without a job or working towards one longer than a two months since I was 18. I have never been apart from my family for longer than three months. I’m overweight, out of shape and in no way physically or mentally prepared for this. If I waited for either of those stars to align, I’d never go.

But I’m going to do it anyway.

So if you feel like following along, check back here. I’m sure I’ll post of few times with some thoughts on the trail.