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.
|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 bag liner||Sea to Summit||9.59||ALL|
|1L Powerade bottle||1.23||ALL|
|Stuff Sac||Sea to Summit||1.02||ALL|
|Stuff Sac||Sea to Summit||0.78||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|
|Spoon Long||Sea to Summit||0.67||ALL|
|Spoon Short||Sea to Summit||0.28||ALL|
|Plastic bowl||From Halulite Microdualist set||1.59||ALL|
|Long underwear bottoms||Ice Breakers||7.76||ALL|
|Long underwear tops||Ice Breakers||7.76||ALL|
|Pair of Socks||Darn Tough||2.19||ALL|
|Rain Jacket||The NorthFace||13.55||ALL|
|Flip Flops||Old Navy||7.9||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|
|1L Gatorade bottle||1.23||ALL|
|Hanky||Sea to Sumit pack towel (cut)|
|Journal||Rite in the Rain||3.81||ALL|
|First Aid kit||17.81||ALL|
|Spare sports bra||2.36||ALL|
|Long underwear top||Patagonia synthetic||4.44||ALL|
|Long underwear bottoms||Patagonia synthetic||4.27||ALL|
|Rain Jacket||The NorthFace||10.44||ALL|
|Pair of Socks||Smartwool||2.54||ALL|
|Flip Flops||Old Navy||5.82||ALL|
|Pair of Socks||Smartwool||2.54|
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.
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.