Peep My Pack

A late-season attempt at the Appalachian Trail means lots more possibility of freezing temps and snow. I’m as fair-weather a hiker as can be, so have managed to avoid spikes, crampons, ice axes, whippets, and all that other heavy & expensive mountaineering-type gear so far. I won’t pick up any on this hike either, unless & until it becomes a necessity. Since I literally decided to do this hike with less than a month to prep and cash up, spending as little as possible remains a priority, especially on gear that I may not even need. The goal is to make it south of the Whites before winter gets real!

Below is my initial gear list – my strategy is to use gear I already have as much as possible, until it completely falls apart, then replace as needed. Some items I already need or know I’ll need, so I’ve made an Amazon wish list here.

I’ll be releasing gear picking, packing, and in-depth review vids and posts periodically – I noticed while researching some of the replacement gear I need that there are hardly any by and for women, as compared to men, which is some BS!

In the meantime, grab yourself a free copy of my 3-season gear spreadsheet! Once you’ve clicked the link, make yourself a copy to keep in your own Drive, or you can also download it in multiple formats.

Happy hiking!!

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  • Backpack: Customized ULA Ohm 2.0
  • Pack Liner / Cover: ZPacks rain poncho / pack cover / ground sheet
  • Tent: Nemo Hornet 1P
  • Sleeping Bag: Montbell Seamless Down Hugger 900 #1
  • Sleeping bag liner: Sea to Summit Silk Blend liner
  • Sleep pad: Nemo Tensor Mummy Small
  • Stuff sack: MLD DCF Stuff Sack
  • Socks: Injinji Trail Midweight mini-crew socks
  • Sleep Socks: Hiker box socks
  • Thermal Top: Uniqlo HeatTech Ultra Warm Crew Neck
  • Thermal Bottoms: Uniqlo HeatTech Ultra Warm Leggings
  • Windbreaker: Montbell Tachyon Jacket
  • Vest/Jacket: GoLite puffy
  • Rain Shell: No brand promo jacket
  • Hat: Merrell snow hat
  • Gloves: Spyder liners & Nevica snow gloves (found in hiker box)
  • Underwear: bikini bottom
  • Stuff Sack (Tent sack)
  • Camp shoes: grocery store flip-flops
  • Bandana: PCT Class of 2015
  • Balaclava: Heat Factory
  • Buff: Handmade gift from ‘One Step’
  • Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket
  • Pot: Toaks 900ml D130mm
  • Utensils: Bamboo spoon & chopsticks
  • Bladders: Smartwater bottles; Platypus Hoser Hydration System
  • Water Treatment: Sawyer Squeeze
  • Maps / Trip Plan / Permits: AWOL + Guthook & Gaia GPS
  • SOS: Guthook sharing
  • Compass: phone
  • Head Lamp: Petzl BindiFirst Aid: homemade (based on the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight / Watertight .3)
  • Pocketknife: Leatherman Micra
  • Ignition: mini Bic
  • Hand warmers: Heat Factory
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Lotion: Sawyer Picaridin
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Travel toothbrush, paste, & floss
  • Wipes
  • Pack-out baggie
  • Phone: iPhone 11 ProMax
  • Headphones: Skullcandy
  • Charger / External Battery: Anker 10000
  • Charger cords
  • ID / CC / Cash
  • Ursack
  • Loksak


  • Injinji toe socks
  • Sports Bra: Puma
  • Dress: Thrift Shop
  • Gaiters: Handmade gift from ‘One Step’
  • Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 10
  • Hat: Our Wild (from Outdoor Retailer 2017)
  • Poles (with duct tape): Black Diamond First Strike (yes I use children’s poles.. I’m short!)

Amazon Wishlist