December 22

Joe’s Appalachian Trail Gear List

This is my gear list for backpacking in the South East Appalachian Mountains during the hot months of May into September. The weather is hot and humid with rain a frequent all day occurrence. This makes staying dry a real challenge. Temperatures can vary with highs over 100 and lows at night into the upper 40’s. The terrain is varied over mostly maintained trails like the Appalachian Trail.

ultralight gear list


CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack20.4Used for trips up to 7 days in length. Aluminum stays and extrat straps removed. Use a Gossamer Gear Nightlight Sleep Pad for support (weight listed below).
Gossamer Gear Pack Liner1.2Waterproof Liner
Sea to Summit XL Stuff Sack1.1Use as a food bag
OPSak (large)1.5Smellproof liner for food bag
SleepingHomemade Quilt17.5Insulated with 2.5 oz. Climashield Apex inside a Pertex Quantum and M45 Liner material. Rating is about 50 degrees.
Gossamer Gear Nightlight Sleeping Pad4.7Also doubles for pack structure
ShelterSolo Tarp9.1No idea who made this I bought it used several years ago.
MLD Serinity Shelter9.3Bug netting and ground cloth in one.
Stakes3.1A combination of 4 titanium hook stakes and a couple MSR Ground Hog Stakes
Packed ClothingFrogg Toggs Rain Gear10.3This is a M/L size which is what I usually wear in other clothing. Way big so the next set will be a size smaller. More comfortable in humid conditions than traditional rain gear. Pants are also used over hiking shorts on cool evenings.
WrightSocks1.4Ankle high socks with a built-in liner.
Columbia Omni-Dry Shirt5.8Large. Primarily used for sleeping. Hate being wet at night.
Go-Lite Shorts4.8Mediums. Used for a dry night's sleep.
Gossamer Gear Beanie1.4Keeps my balding head warm at night.
HydrationEVO Bottle1.11 Liter Water Bottle
Platypus 1 Liter Bottle0.8Collaspible Bottle for long dry stretches.
3- mini bottles for Aquamira Water Treatment0.6Two bottles to hold parts A and B. The third bottle is for premixing the two solutions a day at a time.
CookingMSR Titian Kettle4.5.9 liter pot for cooking
Homemade Esbit Stove/Pot Stand1.6Stove is designed to simmer with Esbit fuel.
Foil Wind Screen0.2Cut from a disposable pan
Bic Lighter0.3Mini
2-Mini Caribieners0.2For hanging food bag
Stuff Sack w/ 50' Aborist Cord0.9Storage for Cooking Gear as well as a throw sack.
Small EssentialsRepair Kit1.3Small knife, tape, needle and thread
First Aid Kit2.7Bandaids, Gloves, Ointments, Medications
Blister Kit1.5Betadine Pads, Mole Skin, Leukotape, Body Glide Cream
Hygiene Kit2.1Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, Chap Stick
Petzl E-Light0.7
TP Bag1TP plus baggie to pack out used paper
Bandanna1.7Used for various task
iPhone4.9Used for pictures and blogging from the trail
SPOT Locator4.10
Mophie Charging Block5.1Backup battery and cable for phon. Provides 2+ full charges.
Total Base Weight8.04

Article by Joe Jacarusos