The final gear list has been posted with comments up on the Pages bar! I’m actually pretty impressed with how I armed myself for my virgin voyage into the wilderness, considering my experience was quite minimal and I pretty much took whatever anybody who appeared confident told me to. I am, however, completely sold on the idea of getting much much lighter. Nothing felt quite as liberating as when I would be getting towards the end of a run and in need of resupply, making my pack a good 8 pounds lighter! I would SKIP down the trail when this happened! Sooooo … why not start off skipping I say??!! I know this means thousands more dollars and a few compromises… but hopefully you will hear of me at the TGO Challenge in Scotland next year as the woman who square danced up the hills swinging a barely discernible pack from arm to arm playfully without even the slightest expression of burden on her face. I was warned it would be like this with gear…
My favorite things:
The JetBoil (I know you real thru-hikers are cringing.. sorry.. I LOVED it!)
Kiss My Face lip balm (slippery yummy sun-mocking goodness)
The all-purpose scarf (not much I didn’t do with it)
The hat (okay, the hat!)
Trekking poles (I need lighter ones, but these things were MARVELOUS crutches, balancers, tarp raisers, and endless possibilities of entertainment.. there will be a post about it)
*** Thanks to all who commented and helped me formulate my gear lists!!!!