Hello all, it's been a while. How the heck are ya?
Anyway, I'm planning my first major thru-hike for this October, 111 miles from Clayton, GA up through Franklin, NC to Cheoah Bald on the Bartram Trail. Hopefully this will be an enlightening experience and will show me whether or not I'm capable of actually doing the AT some day.
I got a rough draft gear list together last night and want to run it by the forum for editing. I'm conservatively allowing myself 8 days to make the trip, that's between 13-14 miles per day, I figure 6 or 8 hours of comfortable walking each day. My list is below, with weights in oz.
Hammock with whoopies-19.45
UQ, TQ, and dry sack to store them in/use as a bear bag-41.15
Bugnet-19.45 (heavy, I know. I'm considering making a lighter one before I go.)
Thermarest Neoair (in case I need to go to ground)-20.35
Pillow (a must for me in a hammock)-9.3
1 set of extra clothes (with 4 pairs of socks)-35.2
Cookset (1 pot, alky stove, pot handler, empty bottle for fuel)-10.4
Knife (w/ firesteel)-3.65
100' extra cord-1.7
Chacos (for stream crossings)-38.0
Total=376.7oz or 23.54 lbs.
This does not include any food, water, or stove fuel. I plan on bring 20 oz of alcohol for fuel, 2 liter size nalgenes and packing enough food to make the whole 8 days. Does anybody see anything glaringly wrong? Am I overlooking anything necessary or taking anything unnecessary?