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.

Packlist: Canada-Panama Packlist



The Bike and Panniers:

Surly Long Haul Trucker of my own build. On a whim, I decided to ride to Maine and needed a bike to carry me there. I had little money so I purchased the frame-set and built it up from my road and mountain bikes.¬† Since that trip, the bike is mostly it’s own now, but still bears the mark of a franken bike.


  • Drop bars
  • Downtube shifters (bar ends are to expensive. I paid $10 for the set of downtubes)
  • Brooks saddle (it used to be green)
  • Surly rear rack
  • Salsa down under front rack (with attached minimalist top rack)
  • Shimano XT rear d√©railleur (from my mountain bike)
  • Schwalbe Marathon Mondials 700x40c
    • I would prefer 26″ but I already owned 700c wheels and needed to build it as cheap as possible.
    • I continue using it because I have it.
  • SPD pedal
  • Topeak Road Morph pump
  • Ortlieb Front and Rear Roller Classics
  • Ortlieb Ultimate 5 handlebar bag
  • Fenders
  • Bontragger Bike Computer

Sleeping system:

Campsites like this are worth any effort. Almost.

  • Tent – Tarptent Moment DW (I began with the REI Quarter Dome T2)
  • Sleeping pad – Therm-a-rest z-lite
  • Sleeping Bag – REI Majove 15
  • Bag Liner – Sea To Summit Thermolite Reactor
  • Pillow – clothes in stuff sack
  • Old tent footprint (beach blanket, afternoon naps, ground liner for tent on questionable ground)

Cooking System


  • Trangia 25-7 UL/HA
    • (The following is stored inside cook-set)
    • 4oz bottle hot sauce
    • 4oz bottle fuel
    • spatula
    • pot gripper
    • flint (how I light my stove)
    • Spirit Burner
    • Salt/pepper shaker
    • Military can opener
    • Cutting board (DIY – cut to fit under lid)
    • Small micro fibre towel (dish rag)
    • Bandanna (drying towel)
  • 1 liter plastic bottle for fuel stored in rear pannier
  • Sea to Summit aluminum spork
  • Extra spices (currently poultry seasoning and garlic powder)
  • Coughlands roll tube filled with butter
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Small locking Tupperware container
  • Ontario Rat-3 knife
  • One-cup Coffee Maker
  • Blue enamel mug

Clothing and Accessories:


Worn Riding:

  • Under Armour long sleeve synthetic shirt
  • Serfas Mountain Bike Shorts
  • Exofficio underwear
  • Buff (as sweat band)
  • Bandanna around neck (sun protection)
  • Smart wool socks
  • Fingerless riding gloves
  • Helmet
  • Native Sunglasses
  • Fake Wallet
  • Compass
  • Lip Balm
  • Pepper spray (defense against dogs)
  • Shimano MO88 Mountain bike shoes
  • Bike Peddler Take-a-look mirror (BEST THING EVER)
    • I like it so much I carry a spare


  • Tee shirts 2x (won one during world cup final in Portland!)
  • Wool Sweater
  • Marmot Zeus Down Jacket (Such a luxury! Found in REI garage brand new for cheap. My pillow every night.)
  • Old rain jacket
  • Smart wool socks (3x total)
  • Exofficio underwear (2x total. No longer wear padded shorts)
  • Bandanna (3x total)
  • Zip-off synthetic long pants
  • Cycling tights
  • Long fingered riding gloves
  • Skull cap
  • Minimalist running shoes


Reading and riding

  • Camera – Fuji x100
    • charger
    • polarizing filter
    • UV filter (For the rare moments it’s too dark for the polarizer)
    • extra battery
    • Gorilla Pod
    • Extra memory card
  • Computer – Acer Aspire V5 (cheapest, smallest, lightest laptop I could find used)
    • Charger
    • Neoprene case
    • USB flash drives 2x
    • External SD card reader
  • Smart Phone – Samsung Galaxy S4
    • Charger
    • Rubber case
    • Serves as a GPS and simple communucation
  • MP3 player – old Sansa Fuze (slowly dying but still works)
    • Charger (Too much weight in chargers!!)
    • Headphones
  • External Battery – 10,000 mAh Anker
  • E-reader – Nook



  • Journal and pen
  • Passport
  • Real Wallet
  • Headlamp
  • Extra Headlamp
    • Extra batteries
  • Lighter
  • Spanish – English Dictionary
  • Spanish textbook (soon to be gone, copper canyon calls)
  • Sunscreen
  • 6L MSR Dromedary Bag
  • REI Flash 18 Backpack
  • Folding Bucket
  • Small knife sharpener
  • Cable and lock
  • Extra cycling mirror
  • Mosquito head net
  • Extra pen
  • 20ft 3mm cord
  • Mosquito repellent

Bike Tools:

Me fixing my first flat tire. It required four patches! God I love Schwalbe Marathon tires!
Me fixing my first flat tire. It required four patches! God I love Schwalbe Marathon tires!
  • Topeak multitool with chainbreaker
  • Leatherman Skeletool
  • Patch kits
  • Extra tubes
  • Extra tire (Only carried outside US)
  • Extra Spoke
  • Extra Bolts
  • Extra brakes
  • Extra cables
  • Fiber fix kevlar spokes -2x
  • Brooks saddle tool
  • Crescent wrench – small
  • Lube
  • Lok-tight
  • Tire lever -1x
  • Tire Boots -3x

Toiletry Bag:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (sometimes!)
  • Dr Bronners peppermint soap in 4oz bottle
  • Dental Floss
  • Sm. bottle contact solution
  • Extra contacts
  • Cotton swabs
  • TP
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors (beard trimming)

First Aid Kit:

  • Duct tape (around tent pole repair sleeve)
  • Super glue
  • Sterile gauze
  • Neosporn
  • Iodine tabs (Emergency water treatment)
  • Acetominophen
  • Ibuprophin
  • “Real” Painkillers
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Zip ties
  • Tick Twister (I’m from the northeast. It’s a habit)
  • Silicone seam sealer (for tent)