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This is what I’m carrying on the Eastern Continental Trail.
- I’m starting in Quebec in July, and will probably be done with the first leg of the trip, the International Appalachian Trail, by August. Here I will dance with the caribou, square off with moose, and speak broken French with the locals.
- Then off to the very strange community that is the Appalachian Trail for 3 months, August through November. Hopefully meeting up with a friend who is yoyoing the AT, and we’ll walk south. We will eat vegan food, enjoy big miles, and witness fall in the Appalachians.
- I’ll leave him at Springer to tackle a section of the Benton Mackaye Trail, continuing on to hike the Pinhoti Trail, and walk to Florida on roads. This will likely be how I spend early November. Getting lost in Alabama.
- Finally reaching the Florida Trail, and my home state, celebrating my birthday on the trail, Thanksgiving, and likely Christmas too. What are holidays anyway? Finishing up with this grand adventure in the Florida Keys around new years.
Some 4,800 miles down the east coast.
This is the time line I’ve laid out to avoid harsh weather in the north, and hike through Florida when it’s not a sauna. Seriously, where else can you hike in January? I only mention this stuff because my gear is chosen wisely based on the conditions I will face on this specific trip, for these specific conditions.
I don’t recommend you follow in my footsteps, or make the same choices in your gear as I have. Get out, use what you own, and change things as you go with the experience you’re gaining. The stuff I use is very dial to how I like to do things. I suggest you find how you like to do things.
- Backpack – Pa’lante Cuben Simple 7.4 (ounces)
- Bag Liner – Mountain Laurel Designs pack liner 1.3
- Quilt – Mountain Laurel Designs FKT synthetic quilt L 15
- Pad – GossamerGear Thinlight 1/8″ (torso length) 1.1
- Tarp – Mountain Laurel Designs cuben ProPoncho 9×5 6.4
- Guylines – 4 / 6ft, and 4 / 3ft lines w/ mini carabiners 1.7
- Bivy – Mountain Laurel Designs silnylon Superlight 6.7
- Stakes – 6 Titanium shepherds hooks, and 2 titanium V shape 1.9
Water / Kitchen
- Water Bottle – 2 SmartWater 34oz 2.8
- Food Bowl – Ziploc 2cup 16oz screw top container 1.4
- Food bag – 20 x 12.5 OPsak 1.2
- Spoon – Plastic 0.4
- Neck Gaiter – Blaze orange 1.4
- Socks – Injinji Trail 2.0 midweight micro 2.2
- Hat – Zpacks synthetic micro-fleece beanie 1
- Rain Jacket – OR Hellium II 6
- Long Underwear – Montbell Zeo-line Tights 4.1
- Jacket – Montbell Thermawrap 8.4
- Glove Liners 1.3
- Flashlight – Fenix LD02 + extra AAA battery 1.4
- Bug Repellant – 98% Deet, repackaged 0.2
- ID, Money, & Credit Card – In a ziploc 0.4
- Knife – Swiss Army Knife classic S 0.8
- Lighter – Mini Bic 0.4
- Cell Phone – Samsung Galaxy s5 4.9
- Exra Phone Battery 2
- USB Cord – Charging phone 0.3
- Wall Charger – Single port charger 0.9
- Maps & Data – Cut up guidebooks and maps ~0
First Aid Kit
- Soap & Toothpaste – Dr. Bronners, repackaged 0.2
- Toothbrush – Sans handle 0.1
- Advil & Tylenol – Mini ziploc 0.2
- Ziploc Bag – Holds FAK and Misc. 0.2
Total base weight of pack (the weight without food, water, fuel or worn clothing)
- < 6 lbs~
Worn on my body: Altra Lone Peak 2.5s, ball cap, long sleeve button up shirt, running shorts, Injinji toe socks, LED flashlight necklace, and sunglasses.
Even with such a small backpack, I am still learning how to, and wanting to lighten up further.