Appalachian Trail 2010

In 2010 we hiked the Appalachian Trail northbound from Georgia to Maine.

Here are a few facts about our thru-hike:

We started on March 17th 2010, and finished on September 10th 2010, averaging somewhere around 12 miles a day.  We took many “zeros” (days off) due to illness, so our actual average if you exclude those is much higher.  Both of us got giardia on the trail, and let me tell you, it is not fun.  We’ve learned to purify all our water now.

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

Gear List:

Dirt Stew
Item Manufacter/Model Weight (oz) Season
Backpack Gregory 56.44 ALL
Pack Cover Sea to Summit 4.66 ALL
Tent (without poles) Big Agnes/Copper Spur UL2 44.62 ALL
Sleeping bag 35C EMS 27.27 Summer
Sleeping bag 0C Big Agnes 60 Winter
Sleeping pad Thermarest/Prolite(S) 11 ALL
Sleeping bag liner Sea to Summit 9.59 ALL
SteriPen SteriPen/Journey 4.59 ALL
3L Platypus Platypus 4.13 ALL
1L Powerade bottle 1.23 ALL
Stuff Sac Sea to Summit 1.02 ALL
Stuff Sac Sea to Summit 0.78 ALL
Databook 3.81 ALL
Gorillapod Joby/Gorillapod 1.66 ALL
Headlamp Pretzel 2.72 ALL
Hanky Bandana 0.98 ALL
Camera Cannon/S90 5.08 ALL
Cell Phone + Charger Verizon pay as you go 4.6 ALL
Pot with lid GSI Outdoors/Halulite Microdualist 10.34 ALL
Stove MSR/Micro Pocket Rocket 3.99 ALL
Fuel Canister 8.92 ALL
Spoon Long Sea to Summit 0.67 ALL
Spoon Short Sea to Summit 0.28 ALL
Bic Lighter 0.78 ALL
Plastic bowl From Halulite Microdualist set 1.59 ALL
Spare t-shirt Champion 6.88 ALL
Fleece EMS 7.27 ALL
Long underwear bottoms Ice Breakers 7.76 ALL
Long underwear tops Ice Breakers 7.76 ALL
Spare Underwear EMS 3.32 ALL
Pair of Socks Darn Tough 2.19 ALL
Rain Jacket The NorthFace 13.55 ALL
Rain Pants EMS 11.29 ALL
Beanie hat Smartwool 1.98 ALL
Flip Flops Old Navy 7.9 ALL
Neck Warmer Columbia 1.23 Winter
Primaloft Jacket REI 16.08 Winter
(oz) (lbs)
Summer 280.65 17.54
Winter 314.61 19.66
Worn: (oz)
Shorts 4.2
T-Shirt Champion 6.38
Socks Darn Tough 2.19
Shoes Various
Trekking poles Leki 19.68

 

Dormouse
Item Manufacter/Model Weight (oz) Season
Backpack Golite/Quest 45.5 ALL
Pack Cover Sea to Summit 6.14 ALL
Sleeping bag 35C EMS 26.88 Summer
Sleeping bag 0C Kelty 62.72 Winter
Sleeping pad Thermarest/Women’s Prolite 15.45 ALL
Sleeping bag liner Sea to Summit 10.05 ALL
Tent Poles Big Agnes/Cooper Spur UL2 16.26 ALL
Tent Stakes Big Agnes 2.5 ALL
3L Platypus Platypus 4.13 ALL
1L Gatorade bottle 1.23 ALL
Headlamp Pretzel 2.72 ALL
Hanky Sea to Sumit pack towel (cut)
Journal Rite in the Rain 3.81 ALL
First Aid kit 17.81 ALL
Camera Cannon Powershot 5.29 ALL
iPod Touch Apple 4.05 ALL
Spare sports bra 2.36 ALL
Spare underwear 0.92 ALL
Long underwear top Patagonia synthetic 4.44 ALL
Long underwear bottoms Patagonia synthetic 4.27 ALL
Fleece Patagonia/R1 9.07 ALL
Rain Jacket The NorthFace 10.44 ALL
Rain Pants EMS 10.05 ALL
Pair of Socks Smartwool 2.54 ALL
Flip Flops Old Navy 5.82 ALL
Gloves 1.2 ALL
Hat Mountain Hardware 2.47 ALL
Primaloft Jacket REI 11.15 Winter
(oz) (lbs)
Summer 215.4 13.46
Winter 262.39 16.4
Worn: (oz)
Tanktop Champion 3.99
Shorts The NorthFace 2.96
Sports bra EMS 1.98
Pair of Socks Smartwool 2.54
Shoes Various
Gaiters Dirty Girl 1.2
Trekking poles Leki 18.87

 

Some comments on gear:

We used a Big Anges Copper Spur UL2 as our tent.  This tent was great, and we still love it.  It is a quite bit heavier than tarps and net tent combos, but it was very comfortable, and felt like home.

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We started our hike with a Steri Pen, but it broke about 600 miles into the trip.  After that point we just used bleach.  Bleach is recommended by the US government in emergency situations to purify water, so I cannot speak on the long term effects, but it is by far the lightest option we’ve found.  To use bleach, we transferred a small amount of bleach into a small eye dropper and used it at the rate of 2 drops per liter.

Dormouse used a Golite Women’s Quest backpack, which she loved.  Golite even replaced her backpack with a new one free of charge in the middle of the hike due to some issues with the pack.  Their customer service was tremendous.

Dirt Stew used a Gregory Z55 pack, and also had issues with his pack.  Customer service at Gregory was much less good than Golite.  He was told to arrange to send his pack back for repair, and he only wound up sending the top lid back since the logistics for fixing the rest of his pack seemed too complicated to deal with.  He hiked many hundreds of miles with a broken shoulder suspension strap.  He did send his back pack after the hike was over, and Gregory did repair the problem, as well as several others without charge.

If you are looking for our blog posts from this this journey, click here.

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