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#100946 - 08/08/08 08:36 AM New Old Guy Needs Gear List
jdsmerud Offline

Registered: 08/08/08
Posts: 1
Hello everyone. I'm be no means new to backpacking, I backpacked my entire childhood, worked a few summers at Philmont as a young man. I've spent more time in my adult life with a pack on my back than without most likely. I just finished up a 10 year career in the Marine Corps, which ended prematurely, because I broke both of my feet parachuting. I want to get back on the trail, more specifically the AT, as kinda of a theraputic thing, before I have to return to the world of the working. Problem is that I have been out of the civilian backpacking loop for quite some time, and have no idea whats available gear wise. I want to go light or even ultra light because of my feet, and I have no qualms about surviving of the bear minimum. Does anyone have thier current gear list for a extended weekender they could email me?

#100947 - 08/08/08 11:17 AM Re: New Old Guy Needs Gear List [Re: jdsmerud]
TomD Offline

Registered: 10/30/03
Posts: 4963
Loc: Marina del Rey,CA
Go to the Home Page (not the forum home page) and look down the left column. There are links for several lists.

Also, search under "gear list" or "gear lists" using the search engine and if you set "newer than" for a couple of years, you will find list that members have posted in various forums.
Don't get me started, you know how I get.

#100948 - 08/10/08 05:09 AM Re: New Old Guy Needs Gear List [Re: jdsmerud]
Glenn Offline

Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 2617
Loc: Ohio
Don't know if this helps or not. I hike in the Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky area, with occasional trips to Isle Royale National Park, and various Virginia sections of the AT. This gear is perfect for me, but there's a lot of very similar gear out there that works great for others (Big Agnes, Snow Peak, Marmot, Montbell, and Osprey leap to mind.) The part of my list that you may find least suitable for you are the clothing (definitely not up to mountain travel or temperatures below freezing) and food (I eat fairly light - my most frequent hiking buddy eats about twice as much as I do, and is sometimes still hungry. I can get by with a lighter food load because I'm rarely out for more than 3 or 4 liesurely days, not long enough for my metabolism to kick into high gear.)

Granite Gear Virga Pack
MSR Hubba tent
Western Mountaineering Megalite 30* down sleeping bag
Thermarest Prolite 3 three-quarter-length self-inflating pad
Thermarest 20" Trekker chair kit (sometimes)
MSR Pocket Rocket stove, MSR Titan kettle and spoon, Brunton Firestorm lighter
MSR Packtowl UL small
MSR Hyperflow water filter (Miniworks, for more than a weekend)
Granite Gear medium Slurpin' Bowl (for dipping water to filter)
1-quart Nalgene Cantene with MSR Hyperflow filter adapter cap
2-quart Dromlite water bladder
Red Ledge Storm Backpacker Poncho (Long)
Patagonia Capilene midweight hiking socks
First Aid kit, Gerber LST ultralight pocket knife
License, cash, and credit cards in Granite Gear Hiker wallet; car key
Map and Brunton Trailbuster compass; Brunton Echo pocket scope
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, MSR Blizzard stake, 50' MSR cord
Petzl E+Lite headlamp, spare batteries
Total summer base weight in pack: 10.5 - 11 pounds

MSR Hubba tent, fast-pitch (fly, poles, groundcloth only) - saves a pound
Thermarest Prolite 4 three-quarter-length self-inflating pad, Lite Seat (replaces Prolite 3; seat gives me a place to sit at breaks and in camp, and extends pad to full length when I put it under my legs - pack straps hold it in place.)
Patagonia Dragonfly windbreaker
Red Ledge Thunderlight rain suit, Granite Gear Cloud pack cover (replaces poncho)
Patagonia Down Sweater
Patagonia R1 balaclava
Patagonia R1 gloves
Patagonia Digitshell gloves
Net total additional cool-weather gear weight in pack: 2 - 3 pounds

110g. or 220g. MSR Isopro fuel cylinder
Food for 2 days (see menu below)
1 quart of water
Total expendable supply weight: 4.5 - 5 pounds

Tracks Sherlite staff or MSR Overland Carbon hiking poles (carried, not in pack)

Clothing worn:
Vasque Breeze GoreTex trail shoes
Midweight Capilene hiking socks
Airius T-shirt (long or short sleeve)
Baggies shorts
Airius bucket hat

Additional clothing worn in cool weather:
Patagonia R.5 zip-neck top and pants
Patagonia R.5 beanie
Patagonia R.5 liner gloves

1 Clif bar
1 tea bag (optional)

Lunch and snacks:
6 oz. trail mix
1 oz. beef jerky
2 crunchy granola bars
2 chewy granola bars

1 freeze-dried entrée
1 tea bag (optional)

Edited by Glenn (08/14/08 01:12 PM)


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