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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

9 Responses to Heather “Anish” Anderson FKT Gear List

  1. Jerry Whitmarsh October 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I’m curious to know how you got your Gorilla backpack down to 16oz.. the stated weight is 24.7 – 28oz (depending on size), less the 3.4oz aluminum stay you removed. So still 5.3 – 8.6oz to find.

    • Heather October 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      I use a small with a small belt. I removed the stay, the back pad (which I replaced with my nightlight pad) and cut off a lot of the webbing/straps/etc. Anything I wasn’t using. I think the above is a typo. It weighed 20 oz after modification.

  2. milligan308 November 1, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    Heather, thanks for sharing you gear list 😀 I noticed you listed poles for your shelter, the LT4’s weren’t tall enough?

    • Heather November 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      I don’t trust trekking poles for my shelter. I’ve broken them and lost them and it would really suck to not be able to set up my shelter because I forgot my poles in town.

  3. Sam Lambert November 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Thank you for providing this detailed gear list and your responses to the comments! All very helpful, educational for us.

  4. dara December 16, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks for the list. Always good to see if one is making progress on base weight. I try to keep at 4Kgs then add a little bit for pleasure treats. Zpacks ArcBlast and Duoplex tent with Montbell sleeping bag, neoair, and just one set clothing usually. I like the Trail Designs Titanium Cone system for cooking with Meths. What will you bring for cookset?

  5. Speed December 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    No wearable insulation?

  6. Elwin January 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    What did you do for food?

  7. Dawn March 1, 2016 at 5:28 am #

    For your “fleece pants”, do you mean leggings? I just bought a pair of fleece lined leggigs for 2 Euros. They are lighter and feel warmer than my merino leggings, which have tons of holes in them after a few months. I am thinking of using these for my thru.

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