I get asked A LOT about the gear that I carry. Instead of writing out another blog post, I thought it would be helpful to put it here. I do not weigh my gear as many people do. I just don't find it burdensome to carry what I have. With four days of food and 2 liters of water I carry between 17-22 pounds. If you have any suggestions to where this page would be better seen, please shoot me an email!
Sprinkles Gear List:
Hydration: 2 Liter Camelbak bladder with Sawyer Mini filter. I use this filter as an inline filter, meaning my Camelbak is a dirty bag and I filter through it. I wash my Camelbak in town every time we go in. I also use a Smartwater Bottle for mixing flavored drinks or to drink in camp.
First Aid: Leukotape (duct tape for humans - get this now!); ibuprofen; Gold Bond Powder; Pepto Bismol Tablets; Carmex; chewable melatonin. I also take B12 supplements and Calcium plus D.
Hygiene: Mini shampoo and conditioner (my luxury items!), Dr. Bronners, Picaridin, toothbrush, and Tom’s of Maine flouride-free toothpaste, baby wipes, toilet paper and a plastic trowel, Lady Cup.
Clothing/Storage: Z packs medium stuff sack for the sleeping bag; Gossamer Gear stuff sack for clothing; bandana, Buff, 2 pairs Darn Tough socks, cheap running shorts (for town), running shirt (for town), and a long-sleeved athletic shirt I got free from a race. My clothes I’m wearing will be Darn Tough socks and Saucony Rock It bra, a wicking shirt, a Spandits! skirt, and a pair of Spandits! boardie shorts underneath (with the extra pocket option!). Camp shoes are some weird random roll up shoe I got for five bucks back in 2008 and I have no idea what brand they are. Hiking shoes are Altra Running. Currently, I'm alternating between the Olympus, Lone Peak, and Timp models depending on my standing around (guiding) versus hardcore hiking ratio.
Rain Gear: I've testing out a Gossamear Gear Liteflex Umbrella this year and am considering ditching my rain gear altogether! I'm also looking at an ALTUS poncho/pack cover combination. It's been really popular in distance hiking circles lately.
Tent: When I'm guiding a trip by myself or going solo, I carry a Nemo Hornet Elite 1 person tent. I love this new tent and it's taken TWO POUNDS out of my pack.
NoKey’s pack varies a little from mine, being that he is the one carrying our Nemo Hornet Blaze 2 person tent. Otherwise, his gear is mostly the same as mine. He is carrying a Zpacks Arc Haul - a pack that carries the obscene amount of gear we need as guides and works well for personal trips as well.
We will also obviously be carrying whatever maps and guidebooks will be necessary to complete the trails we will be hiking. This will change throughout the hikes, so I didn’t cover it here. And, of course, if you're wondering if some of the gear you have is something you REALLY will need on the trail, check out my post about what gear you won't actually need on a thru hike as compiled by the AT Class of 2012!