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[at-l] gear list in order of priority
- Subject: [at-l] gear list in order of priority
- From: thornel at attglobal.net (W F Thorneloe)
- Date: Sun Apr 17 07:12:42 2005
Robert wonders about what gear to procure, allowing the pack to go last,
with the following hypotheticals:
... you are a novice hiker.
... you have no gear.
... you have an unlimited cash flow.
... you want to thru-hike the AT.
... you have all the time in the world to prepare.
Sounds to me like a trip to Pattagucci for clothes that will last forever,
be a pretty good value and be useful for fashion statements in the city.
While there, I'd get Capilenes, shorts, long pants, a couple of light and
mid weight fleece shirts, some wind proof/water proof hat and look at their
gloves and socks.
I'd probably still wind up at REI or Blue Ridge Mountain Sports for
Smartwool glove liners and socks, and OR or Marmut gloves and hat.
I'd take several trips to a Mom & Pop outfitters to get boots, probably
While at Walasi-Yi, I'd go through their sleeping bags and watch the sort
of shelters folks are using. I'd probably stick with my Spear Hammock and
Peapod, but would be real interested in tarptents like the Nomad 2+2 (Does
anyone know if Kurt is still in production?)
If I stuck with the hammock, I'd start looking at down quilts made by
specialty folks. If I went with the tarptent, I'd look toward Western
Mountaineering, Feathered Friends and a couple other places for a sleeping
bag that would last a lifetime or two.
Of course, if I were novice and had unlimited cash flow, I might get
trapped into buying everything at REI, not understanding the broader
variety of choices, lightweight gear and the lack of need for "features" on
most of our stuff. I'd also buy a large house with huge closets for the
And almost last, I'd look at my kitchen. By now I'd know that a spoon or
spork, a single pot, an alcohol or canister stove are all the kitchen one
needs. I'd vacillate between a bag canteen (Platypus) and recycled soda
Then, I'd spread out all of the silnylon sacks I use to compartmentalize my
gear and see which comfortable pack will contain it along with a 10 pound
bag of rice (to imitate 4 days' food).
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