LSU Tigerhead LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Nov 2007 3264 posts
Hiking the AT this summer
(Posted on 1/5/13 at 9:11 pm)
Any of you attempt the Appalachian Trail or hike sections of it?
I'm planning on hiking the AT starting in March. I did 5 days last March during Easter week (1st 52 miles of the trail starting at Springer Mtn in GA) but this year it's the whole 2185 miles.
I have a Gregory backpack (wish I had a lighter one... I may borrow one).
For a tent I'm using a lightweight mosquito net and an ultralight tarp with carbon fiber replacement poles for a Hubba Hubba 2 person tent. I don't have the tent, but if it's too rainy I may buy one one the trail.
For cooking I've got my super cat alcohol stove with a Heineken Beer can pot.
Sleeping bag is a 15 degree Marmot down bag (yeah I know, don't get it wet) with an Exped Synmat 7 air mattress.
Ground cover/footprint is a piece of Tyvek.
I plan to take 1 pair pants, 2 shirts (lightweight, uv resistant, wicking material), 2 pair wool socks, hat, and Vasque hiking boots (I have some lightweight hiking shoes but I need the ankle support).
Last year my pack fully loaded with a 7 day supply of food was 38 lbs. I hope to get that down to 33 lbs this year.
I'm planning out my food stores for general delivery at post offices along the route.