October 30

Heather “Anish” Anderson FKT Gear List

Here is the basic gear list for my 2015 Appalachian Trail FKT Thru-hike. While this list contains ultralight gear and clothing it does not include food. My overall base weight hovered around 9 lbs, give or take things like how many batteries I was carrying or later in the hike when I threw away one headlamp because it broke, or other small adjustments along the way. Keep in mind that gear lists are never blue prints and what works for one person does not work for everyone. And what works on one trip may not work on another. What is a FKT? Learn training tips and definition of a Fastest Known Time hike.

Anish in the desert – credit: Adam Walker

Anish’s Ultralight Gear Used

CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGorilla Ultralight Pack

20Modified, and aluminum stay removed
Trash Compactor Bag2.2Used as a waterproof pack liner, make sure they are unscented for bear country!
Granite Gear Cloud Pack Cover3.4Size Small
SleepingZpacks Sleeping Bag16
Klymit Pad6
Ultralight Torso Sleeping Pad4.6
ShelterZpacks Soloplex with Poles16Including 8 titanium tent stakes
LT4 Carbon Trekking Poles8.2Per pair
Polycryo Ground Sheet1.6Used under shelter
Packed ClothingFleece Pants and Shirt8.1For sleeping
Altra Calf Length Compression Socks3
OR Rain Jacket5.5
Patagonia Houdini Jacket3.4
Fleece Gloves1.4
Turtle Fur Balaclava1.2
Half Bandana.6
Injini RUN 2.0 Midweight Socks
HydrationUltimate Direction 70 oz hydration bladder with Sawyer In Line Filter10
Backflush Syringe
Small EssentialsSwiss Army Classic knife.8
Hot Hands x 21.7Hand Warmers
Sewing kit.1
.5 oz Neosporin.5
Immodium, Benadryl, Aleve.3
Gauze Bandages
Mini Floss.1
Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks.5
Leuko Tape.3
Wet Wipes.2Individually wrapped. One per day.
Hand Sani.3
Sawyer Sunscreen.3Small quantity in a ziploc
Picaridin bug spray by Sawyer
Eyedrops/extra contact lenses
Imbue Patches1
Lexan spoon (long).5
TechnologySPOT GPS Tracker6
Smart phone10With charger cord and wall plug
External rechargable phone charger3
OR Sensor Dry Envelope.8
Black Diamond Spot headlamp2.9
Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp2.9Failed quickly and had to be thrown out. I would not recommended to others.
Extra Batteries3.2Lithium AAA
Weight Summariesouncespounds
Base weight (not including items worn and consumables)151.19.45

Overall, I was quite happy with all of my gear except my first headlamp (as noted). Be sure to read detailed reviews on my blog (link in my profile below).

This FKT gear list was contributed by Brand Ambassador Heather “Anish” Anderson