This is a review of the most important or interesting gear that I used on the Appalachian Trail in 2016.
While officially lightweight in 2014 at 18lb (8kg) on Day 1 and 15lb by the end, in order to reduce the strain on my feet I have reduced my base pack weight (i.e. excluding food, water and fuel) in 2016 to around 11lb (5kg). But how?
If you want to get the most insulation bang (warmth) for your buck (grams) a down vest may be the answer. This article rounds up all the ultralight down vests on the market today. This article was last updated 28th January 2017.
This is a review of all the principal gear I used on the Appalachian Trail in 2014 along with suggestions to myself for changes I might make if I restart next year.
The postman delivered my big order of most of my (non-clothing) gear from the States today, including the big ticket items of the tent and sleeping bag! It was a single consolidated package made up of lots of orders from small outdoors companies in the US such as Zpacks, Lightheart Gear, LiteTrail, Ultralight Designs and others.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. That is the old phrase or truism. It’s easy to say or nod your head along with, but preparing to hike the AT encompasses many things, from physical to mental to equipment, from the practical to the abstract, and it’s hard to prepare fully. This article attempts to outline some of specific issues that I have identified to affect me as an individual, how I managed to do that, and how I have prepared in advance in order to best tackle those issues head on.
All the principal pieces of gear I will be using on the AT. Which clothing, shelter, cookware and backpack. Find out why key items were chosen, what everything weighs and how it all fits together into a system. What special feature made me select otherwise unremarkable hiking pants. Even why I had to dredge up geometry skills from school before making a final decision on tent fabric options!
Read all about it on the Gear home page.