Starting Packlist: Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

My 2016 Appalachian Trail Pack-list:


Backpack and Sticks

Total = 1680g (3lbs 11oz)
Pack Osprey Exos 58 size medium w/ trash bag as liner and my Maine license plate 1305g (2lbs 14oz)
Poles REI Peak Ul carbon trekking poles 375g (13.2oz)


Total = 2,793g (6lbs 2oz)
Tent Tarptent Moment w/garbage bag stuff sack (blew off volcano in Guatemala 1081g (2lbs 6oz)
Sleeping bag REI Igneo (long) w/ compression stuff sack 969g (2lbs 2oz)
Bag liner Sea to Summit Reactor 262g (9.2oz)
Sleeping Pad Closed cell foam 293g (10.3oz)
Sleeping Pad Klymit Inertia x-lite torso length inflatable pad w/stuff sack + repair kit 188g (6.6oz)


Total = 613g (1lb 5oz)
Stove Trangia Spirit Burner + plastic bag 119g (4.2oz)
Pot Vargo Ti 1.3L (stuff sack + lid) 173g (6.1oz)
Pot Stand Clikstand T-2 55g (1.9oz)
Windscreen Clikstand T-2C 23g (0.8oz)
Igniter Light My Fire Firesteel + striker + military can opener 33g (1.2oz)
Spoon (clipper to pack for easy access) Sea to Summit Aluminum Spork + mini caribiner (Favorite piece of gear) 11g (0.4oz)
Rag (Stops rattle; dry/clean pot) Sea to Summit sm. Pack towel 27g (1.0oz)
Fuel Bottle #1 (stored in pot) 4oz Flip-top bottle (not completely dry!) 22g (0.8oz)
Fuel Bottle #2 (inside pack but outside liner) sm. water bottle marked w/ electrical tape (not dry) 14g (0.5oz)
Mug GSI Blue Enamel Mug (16oz?) 126g (4.4oz)
Coffee Maker!!! GSI Ultralight Java Drip 10g (0.4oz)


Total = 143g (5oz)
Bottles 2x Poweraid Bottles (Weight for both) 100g (3.5oz)
Extra Water 2L Platypus Bladder (in camp: dinner, breakfast, washing) 36g (1.2oz)
Water Treatment Bleach in Visine Bottle (taped to not mistake for contact solution. Can you imagine??! #whenshithitsthefan) 7g (0.2oz)


Total = 2,254g (4lbs 15oz)
Computer Macbook Air 11″ (/w electrical tape cover for protection to not scream, “expensive computer. Please steal me!” More important when traveling abroad.) 1094g (2lbs 6.6oz)
Charger Apple charger 197g (6.9oz)
Comp. Case Thule Gauntel 3.0 211g (7.4oz)
External Hard Drive My Passport 1tb w/usb cable (wrapped in electrical tape–everything I own is covered in the stuff! 186g (6.6oz)
Hard Drive Case Homemade from packing envelope (kind with bubble wrap) 15g (0.5oz)
SD Card Reader Kingston Mobilelite G4 16g (0.6oz)
Desiccant 2x Silica gel Packets from clothing (1 for comp. bag; 1 for HD bag. Weight for both) 10g (0.4oz)
Phone Samsung Galaxy S6 w/ Lifeproof case (Best case EVER) 189g (6.7oz)
Phone Charging Cable USB cable (Charge phone with computer or usb port on camera batt. charger) 22g (0.8oz)
Watson Compact Charger 86g (3.0oz)
Ereader Nook w/ packing envelope case (shares phone charger) 228g (8.1oz)


Total = 1,591g (3lbs 8oz)
Camera Fujifilm X-Pro1 w/ thumbgrip and strap (logos electrical tapped. Noticing a theme?!) 548g (1lb 3.3oz)
Lens #1 Fujinon 35mm F/2.0 w/ lens hood, UV filter, battery, SD card 189g (6.6oz)
Lens #2 Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 w/ hood and UV filter 322g (11.4oz)
Covers 2x Lens cover and 1x mount cover 31g (1.1oz)
Filter #1 Polarizer for 35mm w/ case 25g (0.9oz)
Filter #2 2-stop soft ND Grad (no holder, handheld) 25g (0.9oz)
Power 2x Watson Batteries (weight for both) 100g (3.5oz)
Film 2x Sandisk Extreme SD Cards 16gb w/ 2x cases 9g (0.3oz)
Care & Cleaning Ziplock, Blower brush, 2x lens cloths 21g (0.8oz)
Camera Case Mindshift Ultralight Camera Cover 10 (Modeled after design by late Galen Rowell, often described father of adventure photography) 148g (5.2oz)
Lens Case Mindshift Switch 173g (6.1oz)

Clothing (Packed)

Total = 1,728g (3lbs 12oz)
Thermal Top Midweight Synthetic 252g (8.9oz)
Thermal Bottom Cheap Cycling Tights 264g (9.3oz)
Underwear Exofficio Give N’ Go Sport 76g (2.7oz)
Sock #1 Light weight Synthetic 49g (1.7oz)
Sock #2 Midweight hiking/sleep 100g (3.5oz)
Storage Silnylon Stuff Sack (walmart) 16g (0.6oz)
Gloves Specialized Radiant (cycling gloves. Ditch when warm) 142g (5oz)
Rain Shell Endura Mtb Jacket 387g (13.7oz)
Puff Jacket Marmot Zeus Down Jacket (LOVE this thing. REI garage sale score. Doubles as pillow) 404g (14.3oz)
Buff Synthetic Buff (Cut in half to make 2 smaller buffs) 38g (1.3oz)

Clothing – Wearing now

No weights listed. Wearing these now. My Family doesn’t want to see me naked. Sorry ;-).
Pants Prana Stretch Zion
Top Columbia LS Synthetic
Underwear Underarmour Compression
Socks Light weight Synthetic (no longer wear smart wool)


Total = 222g (7oz)
Toothbrush 7g (0.2oz)
Dental Floss 15g (0.5oz)
Contact Case 7g (0.2oz)
Contact Solution 4fl. oz Variable
Nail Clippers 17g
Dr. Bronner Peppermint Soap (Doubles as toothpaste 65g (2.3oz)
Earplugs 0g!!!
Beard Scissors 15g (0.5oz)
Safety Pins 5x 4g (0.1oz)
Toilet Paper 92g (3.2oz)


Total = 416g (14oz)
Leather Wrap Journal w/ fountain pen( 210g (7.4oz)
Petz Headlamp 84g (3.0oz)
Sunglasses 45g (1.6oz)
Gorilla tape ~3ft (double as first aid) 19g (0.6oz)
2mm climbing cord ~50ft 14g (0.5oz)
Tweezers 12g (0.4oz)
Tick Twister 2g (0.1oz)
Needle & Thread (Needle stored through cardboard) 4g (0.1oz)
3x Zipties 0g
Pen Ink 9g (0.3oz)
Advil Cold & Sinus 5x 3g (0.1oz)
Gauze Bandages 5g (0.2oz)
1 Pair Contacts 9g (0.2oz)

Gear Carried in Pockets (at all times)

Money Clip
Sm. Knife on keychain with military can opener
Passport (Canada anyone?!)
Debit Card in ziplock with passport and extra cash (never carry everything in one place)
Lighter with 3ft electrical tape

Total weight: No idea! Base weight of my backpack (no camera gear stored in separate bags in front) is roughly 21 pounds. Not bad considering I’m carrying a computer and external hard drive! I refuse to weigh myself with the full camera kit…

Total Weight = 25lbs 3oz. (11,440g)

I caved and went a little crazy today. With only a few days to go, I couldn’t think of anything better to do! So, there it is. Hope someone finds this useful. I didn’t want to know.

I’ve pedaled some extremely strenuous mountains with basically this same kit. I’m curious to see what else I’ll change now that I’m carrying everything on my back. I’ll most likely ditch the tent and switch to a tarp to save over a pound. I love my tent, but sacrifices must be made to carry the extra weight. Otherwise, I would just have to ditch the computer.


4 thoughts on “Starting Packlist: Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

  1. As a writer I’ll be very interested in how well the Mac 11″ does. I am considering packing one along next year on my thru. I think I would not leave it behind ANYWHERE. Take it with you EVERYWHERE. Macbooks have a tendency to sprout legs and flee when you’re not looking.

    • I’ve been using the computer for about six months now and absolutely love it. Coming from windows, there was — and still is — a bit of a learning curve to the mac. The computer is super light, one of the lightest available, and it just works well.

      I will have it on me at all times or locked up in a hostel (is this possible on the AT??!). I’ve also taped the entire front of the computer so it doesn’t scream macbook with their damn lit-up logo and silver metal casing. It sure is beautiful the way it comes, but I do prefer my electrical tape and sticker look.

      I carried a computer on a ten month bike tour and had no problems with it. Granted, it wasn’t a Mac but with my E-tape and careful seat selection in cafe’s — along walls and corners where you can see who’s coming and none can sneak up on you (though you’ll always be limited by outlets) — theft should be rare. Like you said, always have it on you. Good advice for all your belongings. Also, the Mac with it’s SSD is less likely to fail.

      As far as weight, it does add a lot especially for me carrying an external HD. For the written word and limited photos, you could use dropbox, or some other file sharing server, to backup data. Too time consuming for raw photos however.

      • I need keyboard to write. My vision is just not good enough and my fingers are too fat to make a phone work. I have also considered an ipad and a bluetooth keyboard but the laptop still looks the best bet. Be safe and have fun. Will be following.

  2. That is a lot of electronics and camera gear weight. Would be interesting to see how much of that you are still carrying 1500 miles in. Some folks pare down to almost nothing along the way while others stick with what they started with. I’m trying to cut back on my cameras this year so I can carry more food 🙂

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