Post-hike Loppers here. Everything in italics is what I thought of gear, how it worked out, and what, if anything, I replaced it with during my hike. Hope it helps!
This is my gear list for the start of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. This is everything. This is a crazy person’s gear list. But I figured if I was going to go through all the trouble of being a crazy person, I should share it. I have abandoned any chance of ever having a finalized gear list. It is never going to happen… and that’s okay! In fact, since I took these pictures I’ve already changed my mind about some stuff. Sorry, LuminAID, but as much as I love you, I don’t NEED you. It’s not you. It’s me. Adapting to what you need is part of what I think makes a good hiker a good hiker and with any luck I’ll be a good hiker. I’ll send things home and exchange things out when the weather warms up, and my pack will be a lot lighter than this list. I’ll learn the hard way, after insisting on being stubborn, and send things home after my first week. I still haven’t decided if I want to bring my contacts or just my glasses. All of this is okay. Everything is broken down into the way I organize things, so if you don’t see something in one section, it could be in another. If you want to see the individual weights and links to items, check out my list on GearGrams.com.
Everything = 35 lbs 6.72 oz
Oh, I mean everything. This is my crazy person weight. Or “skin out weight” if you wanna call it that. This is everything except the body I was born with. Everything down to ponytail holders, wedding band, earrings, glasses, and estimates for 6 lbs of food, 2 qt. water, and a 100 g fuel canister. Ev-er-y-thing.
Total Base Weight = 24 lbs 13.12 oz
This includes everything I’m wearing but does not include consumables (food, water, and fuel).
Total Pack Weight = 29 lbs 4.48 oz
This includes consumables but does not include what I’m wearing. I consider what I’m wearing to be clothes that I’m ALWAYS wearing: underwear, bra, pants, shirt, boots, pocket contents, etc. Clothes I may not be wearing because I’m too hot, like my gloves or fleece, are included since if I’m not wearing them they’d be in my pack and I think that should count as weight carried.
Base Pack Weight = 18 lbs 10.88 oz
This does not include what I’m wearing or consumables. This is my favorite weight because it’s the lowest! :) This still includes cold weather layers so if I wanted to fudge this and say I’m wearing my gloves, hat, fleece, and nano puff then it drops me down to 17.09 lbs, baby!
I wanted to keep this one under 20 lbs and I did but I was really hoping to get it closer to 16 lbs. I didn’t weigh things I added or exchanged along the way but I did weigh my pack once during the summer and my base weight without clothes worn, food, and water was just under 16 lbs. I know where my heavy weight is. My Jetboil, Packa, and Crocs could all be exchanged for lighter pieces. They’re also my favorites! I did a 5-night trip (57.7 total miles) on the Lone Star Hiking Trail with a similar weight and I never felt uncomfortable. Adding mountains into the mix will be a different story but only time and miles will tell if I still love everything later. Speaking of everything, here it is:
- Gossamer Gear Mariposa UL Dyneema Backpack (w/hip belt and cut section of RidgeRest for back padding) – I love this pack so much! Lightweight AND durable. It held up the ENTIRE trip with the only problem being a hole in the mesh but that happened at the airport and I sewed it up with floss and that was it. I was incredibly thankful for the detachable hip belt. I lost about 50 lbs on the A.T. and getting a smaller hip belt was definitely cheaper than having to buy a whole new backpack. It is guaranteed at some point on the trail that someone will ask you to get their water bottle in or out of their side pocket for them. I never had to ask anyone that because you can actually reach the side pocket on this pack, unlike some others. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but having easy access to instant water, when you’re dripping sweat and being chased by mosquitoes so every second you’re stopped equals at least 5 bites, is definitely important! My favorite thing though was probably the giant stretchy mesh pocket that you can’t see in the picture because my cat’s a jerk. It was great for helping to let wet gear dry out while I was on the move and because it’s stretchy it was great for temporarily storing unexpected items – trail magic, two 12″ subs up Lehigh Gap, finding out I forgot to pack something AFTER everything was all twisted, cinched, buckled and closed – all without having to reopen up the main compartment. The back padding was easily removed and I used it to sit on during breaks. When it was raining for four days straight, it was a mental life saver to have a place to sit that wasn’t muddy.
- Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles (w/rubber tips) – The rubber tips are very LNT but they don’t grip on rocky surfaces. Slick. Wet. Hard on your ass rocky surfaces. My safety felt more important than not making holes along the trail. Sorry. These poles made it all the way to Monson, ME where they got bent and I had to get the fire department to uncollapse them. They weren’t as light as everyone else’s poles but I never felt that they were heavy at all. I fall a lot and they saved me more than once.
- LightHeart Gear Solo Custom Tent (w/awning & ridgepole, w/o stuff sack) – This was my home and it was perfect. Absolutely no complaints. Wonderfully roomy for its weight. It’s a 1-person tent but I shared it several times without feeling cramped. I was worried about not having a freestanding tent for when I was forced to use tent pads but that actually only happened two or three nights and there were big enough rocks around that I didn’t have a problem.
- Tyvek Footprint (w/Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack, 9L) – Also used for shelter floors, cowboy camping, and sliding down cascades.
- 4 Big Agnes Al J-Stakes, 4 Zpacks TI Tough Hooks (w/stake bag) – Only bent one. Somewhere in the middle of my hike I started only using 4 to pitch my tent if it wasn’t going to be windy or raining.
- Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad (XS, w/bag) – I got made fun of a LOT for this pad. Lol, lots of “When are you going to get a big girl sleeping pad?” jokes. I regret nothing. I’m 5’3″ and it fit from my shoulders to the tops of my thighs and I sleep curled up on my side. I did however borrow someone else’s pad my last week because it turns out October is really cold in Maine and I needed the extra insulation. It got a leak just before the 100-mile Wilderness but the patch held the rest of the way.
- Cocoon Mummyliner (silk) – Bleh! This is just a personal preference but I couldn’t stand that this didn’t have any stretch to it. The silk felt nice but was too constricting. I sent it home the first week and used a Thermolite Reactor Compact Plus Liner the rest of the way. Loved it and it made a great laundry bag in town.
- Tundra Pure -5C Sleeping Bag (w/Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil compression dry sack, 10L, eVent) – I used this the whole way. I don’t have a summer bag and didn’t feel the weight loss was worth the price tag. It has a waterproof hood and footbox which is not only awesome for tent condensation but my head and feet were pretty toasty. Plus, after two weeks of calling places, it’s one of the only companies that can tell you where their down insulation comes from. Most companies have absolutely no idea or have never been to the farms personally. (Western Mountaineering is another if you’re interested! They make unannounced visits to ensure the animals are in acceptable living conditions.)
- Smartwool Hike Med Crew Socks (2 pairs w/safety-pin) – Awesome. Very warm and held up. I wore Darn Tough in the summer.
- REI Merino Wool Liner Socks – The wool was too hot so I switched them out for some synthetic ones but ditched liner socks completely once my callouses formed.
- Merrell Azura Mid Hiking Boots – Springer to Atkins, VA. I loved them. Glad I had waterproofing when it was cold. I switched to some New Balance trail runners when it got rainy in the summer but they instantly fell apart. I can’t remember the third pair. The fourth were Oboz Men’s Sawtooth Low and they were my favorite. I didn’t feel good about buying leather but I’d walked 10 miles in my Crocs that day because Pennsylvania rocks had eaten that third pair and I was in an awful mood. I wore my Oboz from Delaware Water Gap to the end in Maine.
- SuperFeet Insoles (green) – These worked great but don’t just get the green ones because everyone else does. If they’re uncomfortable you should find out about the arch support on the others. I wore cheap insoles from the grocery store for awhile because I accidentally threw away my SuperFeet when I threw away my torn up shoes. The cheap ones worked just as well for me but I had to replace them more often so it actually costs less to buy the SuperFeet.
- Patagonia Piton Hybrid Fleece – I hate the way everything sticks to fleece but this hybrid fleece has a smooth outside and I loved it. It’s wind resistant too so it was good to throw on during breaks so I didn’t get cold.
- Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover – I like this a lot but I regretted not having pockets to put my hands in when it was cold. It wasn’t annoying enough that I ever replaced it but in hindsight I would’ve wanted pockets and a hood.
- REI Sahara Convertible Pants – Meh. There’s nothing wrong with these pants. And they have lots of pockets which for some reason women’s clothing don’t seem to have so that was nice. The convertible business was more annoying than useful though. I switched to running shorts and/or tights in VA and had a version of this system the rest of the way.
Icebreaker Tech Lite Crew T-shirtIcebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe (not pictured) – I loved this shirt. I prefer wool to synthetics but every lightweight wool shirt I have owned gets holes very easily. Luckily I am hiker trash and don’t care about holes. Personal preference though. I had 3 or 4 different shirts and the wool ones didn’t smell as bad as the synthetic ones.
- Patagonia Merino 2 Lightweight Base Layer Bottoms – These were fun but I got rid of them when it warmed up. They were pink and white striped and so much fun for someone named Cyndi Loppers! I didn’t get them back when it got cold again because the tights I had at that point were good enough. :)
- Icebreaker Sprite Racerback Sports Bra – Comfy but the band under my boobs was too thick. The rest of the bra would dry out quickly but the band would still be wet. I switched the bra and my underwear to a pair of Patagonia Barely in black so I could swim in them. Perfect.
- Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant Underwear – Same problem as above.
- Knitted Hat (homemade!) – Loved it.
- SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gloves – I sent these home pretty quick. They were heavy and not warm at all. I got a pair of gloves at Mt. Washington but sent them home soon after. Got another pair in Maine. Don’t remember the brands of any of them.
- Mesh Laundry Bag – Worked just like I wanted it to. The airiness of the mesh let me shove my clothes wherever they could fit to fill in the empty space in my pack. At night, I put the clothes I wasn’t wearing in it and used it as a pillow. I also used it in town when sharing the washing machine with other hikers so I made sure I got ALL my clothes back.
- Icebreaker Tech Base Layer Midweight Bottom – Sent home during the summer and slept in some clothes I bought at a yard sale.
- Mesh Laundry Bag – I don’t know why I thought I would need two so I sent one home.
- Wool Buff – I love the wool buff! On really cold nights I would wear it as a balaclava in my mummy bag for a little extra warmth.
- Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Pattern Zip Base Layer Top – Same as the bottoms.
- Wigwam Comfort Hiker Socks – Warmer than my Smart Wool socks and were great for camp.
- Crocs Shayna (Mary Jane camp shoes!, w/carabiner) – The heel strap broke on both of these but I taped them up and kept them all the way. Good for fording streams.
- Jeggings – I bought these as a joke in Rutland, VA and they turned out to be the best camp pants I’ve ever had. They were warm and had pockets and it gave me the giggles when people thought they were actually jeans. You have to make your own fun in the woods.
- Packa eVent Rain Jacket/Pack Cover (Sm) – Nope. This went home at Franklin I think. I’ll still use it for short trips but it’s way too big and heavy for a thru-hike. The real problem is that it is fantastic when I was hiking but I can’t hike all the time. If I wanted to stop I HAD to stop at a shelter or else I couldn’t take my pack off. Because it is one piece, if I wanted to take it off, I had to choose what got wet, me or my pack. I carried a regular pack cover I found at an empty shelter for awhile but ditched that too and used just a compactor bag as a liner. I did pick up a North Face rain jacket, not sure of the name, that was on sale. It was great for taking breaks in the wind when it was cold.
- LightHeart Gear Rain Wrap – One of my favorite pieces of gear! It’s airy and because it’s a wrap and not a skirt I could do things like climb over rocks or blowdowns in it without feeling restricted. I also used it a lot as a ground cover to make dinner when I was stealth camping and I didn’t want to clean mud off my stove and food bag.
- REI Alpine Light Gaiters – Happy I had these in the snow and when it was cold and wet. I used a pair of Dirty Girl gaiters in the summer and got these back in Maine.
- Contractor Bag (pack liner) – Awesome. I had a new one in every mail drop but may have been able to get away with just 2 or 3. I changed them often because I didn’t use a pack cover so they were the only rain protection except for whatever dry bags I was using.
- 2.5 gal. Ziploc & 2 Oven Bags (not pictured, to keep wet gear from freezing and vapor barrier for feet) – Okay I never used the oven bags. I was never cold enough or cared about my feet getting wet. The 2.5 gallon Ziploc was great though. I used it in my tent to keep my boots from freezing and when I was trying to hitch into town while I was muddy and wet, it was nice to throw my shoes in there to keep from completely destroying strangers cars and hotel rooms. I once smelled so bad that I filled it up with creek water and washed my clothes in it at camp.
- Trucker Hat – I added this at Fontana Dam and when it was hot this was the only rain gear I used besides a pack liner. I didn’t care about getting wet but getting pelted in the face gets annoying real fast.
- Cheap Casio Watch – In Georgia when it was cold and the mountains were kicking my ass, I set the hourly chime to go off and it helped remind me to drink water and stretch. Then later when I was the one kicking ass, I had been wearing it for so long that I knew what a 2, 3, and 4 mile an hour pace felt like. Nice for making it to camp before dark and getting to the post office in time.
- Cho-Pat Knee Strap – I wore this the whole way and ended up needing two when my other knee got stressed. I lost enough weight that they didn’t fit anymore and spent the last two weeks with bandanas around my knees. Not as convenient but worked just as well. Thanks for the idea, Tumbles!
- Matches in Waterproof Tube – Never used these but don’t regret having them the whole time. This is a better safe than sorry item you will never be able to talk me out of.
- 2 Ponytail Holders – LOL two?!?! That’s cute. I went through a zillion and one. I ended up keeping a bunch wrapped up on my trekking poles. A lot of people cut their hair on the trail. It’s easier to take care of, cooler, and easier to check for ticks. It makes sense. I didn’t cut mine. None of those things bothered me. I liked having long hair and I put it in braids while hiking and let it run wild in town. For anyone that already has long hair and is considering what to do, I recommend leaving it alone and deciding after you hike a bit. If you don’t like it long, you can cut it in the next town. If you don’t like it short, you can’t instantly grow it back. It’s a personal preference. Hair your own hair.
- Swiss Army Rambler Pocketknife (it reads “I <3 CATS!” !!!) – Exactly what I wanted. The scissors were nice.
- REI Therm-o-Compass – Cheap and broke pretty fast. I didn’t replace it. I felt guilty for not having a compass but it’s something that just never happened. I wasn’t against it – I just endlessly forgot I needed a new one.
- Wooden Locket w/Key Ring – Worth every ounce. My husband gave this to me on our anniversary so I could take him on the trail with me. I carried it all the way to Maine.
- Cheap Wedding Band Stunt Double – This thing cost something like $20? Good investment since it’s now at the bottom of a stream somewhere in the 100-mile Wilderness.
- 2 Earrings – Never needed these spares but glad I had them. I had 0G plugs at the time which would’ve been harder to replace on trail than regular earrings.
- Zpacks Wallet Zip Pouch (w/ID, cards, $) – Small and light. Totally not waterproof like it’s supposed to be, which I figured. Definitely helped when it was just kind of wet though.
- Black Diamond Storm Headlamp (w/batteries, pictured in electronics) – Night hiking in the rain! Lots of fun.
- Glasses (not pictured) – I wore monthly contacts so it was nice to give my eyes a breather in town. Also, happy I had them in Maine when I got an eye infection.
- Hand Sanitizer (pictured in toiletries) – Fecal bacteria is gross. You will never convince me not to carry this. Never.
- OPSAK 12.5″x20″ (plastic odor-barrier bag) – I kept my food in this and it fit perfectly into my dry bag. It was nice to be able to pull it out and because it’s clear I could see where food was without having to dump all of my food out to find something specific. I did need to replace it once because the zipper broke but it was worth getting another one.
- Jetboil MiniMo Canister Stove – Heavier than other options but so incredibly fast which was comforting at the end of a long cold day. I didn’t regret it.
- No Limits Food Dry Bag – Found out the first night this wasn’t waterproof. Bought something else (don’t remember but it was yellow?) at Mountain Crossings and carried that the rest of the way.
- Splint for PCT method – Awesome the TWO times I hung my food. Don’t judge but I didn’t hang my food. There are lots of reasons but this isn’t the place for them.
- Small Bic Lighter – The piezo igniter on my stove never went out but I did use this to light campfires.
- Rope (50ft w/carabiner) – Good for the two times I needed it and spent the rest of the trip as a clothes line and helped pitch my non-freestanding tent on a wooden platform.
- Zpacks Rock Sack – Nice place to keep the rope from getting tangled.
- Toaks Titanium Long Handle Spoon – I temporarily lost this in New Hampshire for like 12 hours and I cried. That’s the kind of crazy that the AT makes you. It’s just a spoon! Who cries over the loss of a spoon? Thru-hikers that’s who. Luckily Flame found it in the hiker box. My hero.
- Dry Bag and 9″x10″ OPSAK For Stove (not pictured) – The zipper broke and I never replaced it.
- Sawyer 64oz Bladder – Absolutely useless. These break at the seams. Every one I had. I went through more of these than I should have before breaking down and buying a more expensive Platypus. I think five? Ridiculous. You have ONE JOB – hold water. I’m still bitter.
- Smart Water Bottle (w/sport cap) – I discovered that one of these and a Gatorade bottle fit perfectly in my side pocket so that’s what I used. I used the sport cap on the Smart Water bottle to backflush my filter while I was in town.
- Bleach Dropper – I gave this to someone who had lost their filter and I didn’t replace it because I’m lazy. I’d carry it again though.
- Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter – Lasted the whole trip.
- Non-scented: Granite Gear Air Pair (double-sided stuff sack), small towel, Party in my Pants panty liners (4 in ziploc), comb, ear plugs, MeLuna menstrual cup, nail clippers – I love this double-sided stuff sack a lot. Kept me organized. I used the blue side for toiletries and the red for first aid and repair. Kept everything else except the menstrual cup and that was only because I stopped having my period for the last three months. Dr. Bronner’s – I actually never used this on the trail but it was nice to wash my stove and spoon in town. It’s also a thousand times better than some hotel shampoos or *shudder* a communal bar of hostel soap… or nothing at all.
- pStyle (w/bag and safety-pin) – Awesome for not having to drop your pants when there are mosquitos and ticks and thorns or it’s cold, etc. If we’re being completely honest, I totally use this at home too so I don’t have to waste toilet paper when I pee. Any droplets left are collected by the pStyle and then I just wash it in the sink while I’m washing my hands anyway. Too much info?
- Scented Toiletries: 7″x7″ OPSAK, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, sunscreen – The OPSAK was great for my cloth panty liners until I could wash them in town. I never smelled them. I liked the folding handle toothbrush. I kept the floss for sewing but got some of those little plastic flossers for actual flossing. Yes, I flossed the whole trip. I never used the sunscreen but I’m Asian. I recommend it if you start in GA in the winter. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you won’t need it. There are no leaves on the trees and you’re outside the entire day. There were employees at Mountain Crossing telling people to send home their sunscreen during shakedowns so they did. Then they got BLISTERING sunburns. If you know you burn easily, bring it.
- Cloth for pStyle – Men on the trail will talk about the most vulgar things you’ve ever heard in your entire life without batting an eyelash but the second they find out you have a pee rag they freak out. Mine dried in the sun and never smelled. Guys, it’s not drenched in urine. It has like a drop on it… maybe two. Also, that’s what you get for touching other people’s belongings without permission.
- Toilet Paper (in ziploc) – I ended up using toilet paper first, burying it in the cat hole, then using wet wipes once I was “clean”, and packing those out with my trash. On shorter trips, toilet paper alone never bothered me but on my thru-hike I just felt dirty all the time and this helped mentally.
- REI snow stake (for cat holes, w/ponytail holder and safety-pin) – The ponytail holder/safety-pin combo didn’t work for attaching it to my pack. I ended up just getting a bigger Ziploc and putting it with my toilet paper. I was digging a hole with the stake one day and it got stuck between two rocks and bent the end into a curve. I was super bummed out until I found out it actually made digging the hole easier so I never bent it back. I understand not carrying a bulky or heavy shovel but I don’t trust people who have no way of digging a cat hole. Unless you use the privy every time or spend an excessive amount of time finding the perfect spot, there is no way you’re digging a hole or at least a hole that’s deep enough. The majority of the trail is so rooty and rocky that I have a hard time with my titanium snow stake! You’re telling me you did that with the heel of your shoe or a soaking wet stick.? Can you dig a hole with your shoe or a stick? Definitely. Can you do it when there are that many roots and rocks everywhere? Unlikely. I call BS! Don’t be a jerk. Dig a proper hole! If you think I’m being overly sensitive about this, wait until you’re stepping gingerly in the minefield of shit, toilet paper, and used tampons that is the Smokies. Rant over.
First Aid & Repair
- Repair Kit: bottle w/button, tweezers, safety pins, needle, thread, alcohol pads, single use Krazy Glue – I used all of these things.
- Pill Bottle: ibuprofen, antibiotics, and anti-diarrhea meds – I only used the ibuprofen when I sprained my ankle. I don’t think it’s healthy to take it every day for an extended period of time. Just my opinion. If I’m hurting so bad JUST FROM HIKING that I feel I need to take pain meds three times a day every day, then I need to do fewer miles. I’m in the minority here but that’s okay. I feel like there is a difference between pushing yourself and being reckless with your body. This is coming from a person who insists on running full speed downhill because it’s super fun. I’m not perfect either.
- Moleskin – I only had 2 or 3 blisters so I got rid of this. I used some waterproof GlacierGel pads once that felt nice. They actually stayed put and they’re sterile unlike my gross moleskin floating around in my stuff sack.
- Antibiotic Ointment – I think I sent this home when I discovered liquid bandage which is also sanitizing.
- Lactaid – There was too much pizza and ice cream on the trail not to take this.
- Duct Tape – Only ever used to fix my Crocs but I gave it to other people a lot.
- Tenacious Tape – Worked awesome to patch up holes in my tent mesh.
- Athletic Tape – I used this when I was getting hot spots on my feet in the beginning. It stuck better than the moleskin and I think it helped me get callouses instead of blisters which is a good things! In a pinch a few times, I used this in combination with toilet paper and the antibiotic ointment as makeshift bandages for other people.
- Liquid Bandage – I didn’t start with this but I split a toenail in half on a rock and couldn’t get it to stop bleeding for days. I tried to wrap it up and that just gave me my first blister on the toe next to it. The liquid bandage worked perfectly and I used it for small cuts the rest of the way. My trekking poles were giving me blisters on my hands so I used this to turn the blisters in to callouses.
- Antihistamine Cream – I didn’t start with this either but screw you New Jersey mosquitos.
- Small Dry Bag (Trust me. It’s under there somewhere.) – Got a hole in it near the very end and borrowed someone’s for the last week.
- USB Cord for Camera – Sent home with the camera the first week.
- Headphones – Pro Tip: Only use ONE of the earbuds or you won’t hear a moose behind a boulder about to booty check you in the face.
- Micro USB Cords (2) – Worked.
- Extra Batteries – Not necessary but I carried them most of the time anyway just in case.
Anker Astro Mini 3000 mAh External BatteryPowerxcel 5200 mAh Power Bank (w/LED flashlight, not pictured) – I used this flashlight when my headlamp batteries went out one night. Multi-use items are awesome!
- 4-port 8A USB Wall Plug – I changed this out for a 2-port one when I sent my camera home.
- SPOT Gen3 GPS Messenger (w/batteries and carabiner) – I only got this to make my husband less nervous and it ended up being awesome. It was really cool to see my tracks on the map, how far I’d come, and how much I had left. Really cool.
Samsung Galaxy S3Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone (not pictured)
- Lens Cloth (not pictured) – I found a tiny lens cleaner that sticks to the back of your phone so I switched this out. It was small, I could always find it, and it had a cupcake printed on it!
- Olympus Tough TG-2 (w/batteries, not pictured) – I sent this home at Mountain Crossings. I found it easier to take pictures on my phone. I still love this camera. I just didn’t have the patience in towns to deal with uploading them to the blog.
- LifeProof Phone Case – This was amazing. I don’t know how many times I dropped my phone on rocks or into water. This case was amazing. I unfortunately lost a little rubber piece to it while I was cleaning it in town though and found out that the warranty is a pain to deal with during a hike. Instead of waiting two weeks to get my replacement from them AND hoping I’m in the right town in two weeks, I just bought another one on Amazon and had it delivered in two days to the next town.
Guide & Writing
- Small Moleskine Journal and Stamps – I used this to write to-do lists for towns and I sent postcards to my kid as often as I could.
- The A.T. Guide (Springer to Hot Springs section, w/ziploc) – I used a combination of this and the Guthook’s app on my phone. I liked being able to plan ahead by writing in the book but for finding how far it was to water RIGHT NOW, Guthook’s was easier. I used a PDF of the Companion as a back-up.
- Mechanical Pencil – Used the whole trip. I added a pen for shelter registers that didn’t have one and a Sharpie because this guy freaked me out about using one to draw a circle around a snake bite and writing the time the bite occurred. Don’t laugh, rattlesnakes are gigantic okay.