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    Question New Veteran, New Hammocker

    I shall be medically and honorably discharged this month. I have never hammock camped before; but due to my situation I have learned that the light camping options of hammocking behooves me above all others. If I were fully healthy, I would go across the whole country; 'twould behoove me to attempt one part first. I decided upon the Appalachian Trail as it is closest to home.

    Thus, my buddy, FireInMyBones, has been helping me prepare some gear. He suggested I join this forum for more input. FireInMyBones recommends I keep the 'base weight' under 15 lbs. So far, I am good. The books weigh the most. I have been attempting to memorize as much of the books as I can in order to downgrade their pages and reduce the burden. So far, the books are the heaviest items I have followed by the beast repellant, hatchet, then the jungle bag.

    What are ways in which I can reduce my burden? What recommendations can I get on this or that?

    The gear that I have gathered so far:

    1. The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, DoA . . . .edit} downsize pages
    2. U.S. Army Survival, Evasion, and Recovery, DoD . . .edit} downsize pages
    3. 10 liter dry bag - Sea to Summit
    4. 2 liter dry bag - Sea to Summit
    5. Emergency crank radio - Scorpion
    6. Pocket Profile AT maps – antigravitygear
    7. All-weather notepad, small – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . .edit} remove
    8. All-weather logbook, small - DoA
    9. 2013 Southbound: The AT Guide, David Miller . . . . .edit} remove or condense
    10. Hatchet and knife “Bullseye” - Smith & Wesson
    11. Sharpening stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . edit} consider
    12. Wood stove - FireFly
    13. Multi-tool – Appalachian Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . edit} consider
    14. Flint
    15. Compass & asthmas – DoA
    16. Button compass
    17. Matches, 2x – NDuR
    18. Cold weather PolyPro top – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . .edit} consider \
    19. Cold weather PolyPro bottom – DoA. . . . . . . . . . .edit} consider \
    20. Hot weather PolyPro top – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . . edit} consider | Clothing = $$ . . .
    21. Hot weather PolyPro bottom – DoA . . . . . . . . . . .edit} consider |
    22. ACU top – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . edit} consider /
    23. ACU bottom – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .edit} consider /
    24. PT shorts – DoA
    25. Beast repellant
    26. Jungle bag, sleeping – Snugpak
    27. Towel, microfiber – OutGo
    28. Hammock – Grand Trunk
    29. 550 cord
    30. Backpack “Catalyst” – ULA Equiplent
    31. EyePro – CSS
    32. Head and neck gear – Seirus
    33. Reusable bandages – ACE
    34. Holy Bible – GOD
    35. 3 liter water bladder – Camelbak . . . . . . . . . . . . .edit} downsize to Gatorade, side pouches; shoulder straps hold thinner bottles


    On Its Way:

    1. Dutch clips – Dutch Gear
    2. Dutch buckles – Dutch Gear
    3. Bug net – Warbonnet
    4. Hammock Tarp w/ stakes - Tad Pole . . . . . . . edit} en route
    5. Cookware, 900ml Ti - Snow Mountain . . . . . . .edit} en route


    To Get / Undecided:
    1. Boots – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . edit} consider
    2. Running shoes – DoA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .edit} consider
    3. Socks
    4. Walking poles
    5. Hygiene and poo gear
    6. Duct tape, small
    7. Food container
    8. Water procurement
    9. Carabiners
    10. MOLLE gear and pouches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .edit} probable deletion
    11. Medical supplies / Medicine (90 days or so)
    12. Mat, Pad, Hammock Quilt
    Last edited by Grampy; 05-13-2013 at 21:16. Reason: Advise is improving the list.

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    New Veteran, New Hammocker

    Welcome! That's quite the list you are in good hands with FireInMyBones.
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    welcome to the madness

    just hope you don't plan to carry all that stuff at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    welcome to the madness

    just hope you don't plan to carry all that stuff at once.
    Even if I stay within my weight goal?

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    Welcome from SC. I suggest you get a kitchen scale with a tare function and start weighing things. Geargrams.com has a spread sheet that will help you organize things.
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    The AT is a well-marked trail with plenty of resupply points along the way, so the chances of getting lost and having to rely on eating the vegetation are very low. So you could easily ditch the first two books, and save yourself the agony.

    You also probably won't need the hatchet, big knife (something to spread peanut butter will be enough), emergency radio, sharpening stone, and even the compass.

    Water bladders are convenient for day trips, but for multi-day outings many folks just prefer to carry a couple of 32 oz. re-purposed Gatorade bottles.

    Whiteblaze.net is a sister forum with a huge amount of info about hiking the AT. You can submit your gear list for critique from folks who have a lot of experience hiking that trail. And they have a hammocking sub-forum as well.

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    You may enjoy reading these books:

    - Hiking through, by Stutzman
    - The wild bird's song, by Coplen

    They are accounts of AT hikes, one northbound and the other southbound. I found both books in my local public library.

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    I agree on not taking the big compass, but having no compass is not a place I'd ever want to find myself.
    Having a scale is super helpful for keeping everything in check.
    The books are fine for what you want to do, but I mentioned mail drops to you the other day (mailing things to yourself further down the trail so you could have it whe you need it), I recommend using that for yor AT guide. take what you need for the first little while until you get to the first USPS where you have the next section waiting for you.

    Several people hardly even use a knife on the AT. However, Hike Your Own Hike (HYOH). If you want to carry something that is most multi-use, I'd take the knife over the hatchet.
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    Welcome from a fellow vet. I'm also planning several long backpacking trips in the near future and personally I am trying to lower my pack weight as much as I can and still be comfortable. I used to carry a lot of items that I rarely used..(a K-Bar that only came out of its sheath for me to sharpen). I've even stopped carrying my canister stove for an alcohol stove that I made myself.

    Good luck on your hike
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    Fireinmybones is too kind. Take items 27, 28 and 30. Chuck most of the rest. Test hikes ahead of time will show you what you'll use.

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