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    Default Gear List for SOBO Hike - suggestions?

    Hey all,

    Here's my first stab at a gear list for a SOBO starting at the end of June. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    Backpack
    Gregory 65
    Bearbag (duffle) and 2-3 small stuff sacks


    Tupperware
    For snacks

    Tent
    MSR Hubba
    Footprint
    Hubba
    Sleeping Bag
    20 degree bag - north face
    Bag Liner
    Liner (5 degrees)
    Sleeping Pad
    Montbell
    Pillow
    Pillow
    Warm Jacket
    Mountain Hardware
    Rain Jacket
    Marmot
    Fleece Pants

    Shorts
    2 pair
    Shirt
    2 synthetic

    Long Underwear (mid)
    1 pair
    Gloves


    Hat
    North face
    Hat
    baseball hat

    Shoes
    2 pair, need 1 more
    Camp Shoe
    Tevas
    Socks
    3 dry pair, 1 wearing
    Sock Liners
    3 liners
    Stove
    MSR Whisperlite
    Pot /Pan/Bag
    REI Brand - lid doubles as frying pan
    Spork


    Mug


    Spice Kit


    Fuel
    16oz bottle
    Stove repair kit
    MSR
    Pot grip
    Pot grip
    Bottle
    2 2L nalgenes
    Drom


    Aqua Mira


    Pocket Knife
    Leatherman
    Compass


    Trail Guide

    Headlamp
    2 Petlz
    Wallet

    phone and charger

    Camera and charger

    Rope
    50ft of 5m rope
    S caribiner
    one
    Seamgrip


    Duct tape

    Book

    Bronners

    Toothbrush

    Toothpaste

    Hand Sanitizer


    ChapStick
    burts bees
    Sunscreen


    Vitamins


    First Aid
    Pepto, ib, ace(s), tape, scissors, ice, bacitracin, gauze, bandaids, moleskin

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    Did you mean to post this twice? (I answered the other post). Just do a shake down- pack everything as you will be packing for your thru hike (INCLUDING the amount of food with which you'll need to start) and go do a two day test hike in the woods. Preferably in the rain.
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    Default Sobo Gear

    I'm going to be Sobo a couple weeks behind you. Look brother/sister, you can do whatever you think is best for you, but in my opinion you really should think about cutting this list down a bit.

    I can't imagine a scenario heading South in late June where you're going to need fleece pants. Think in layers for your upper body also - base, mid, outer. You wont need a fleece top and a warm jacket. Cold weather = Shirt, Fleece, Rain jacket. When your not hiking, you can be in your sleeping bag if you hit a freak cold snap.

    Go with two pairs of socks in the pack and one on the feet. Do you really need camp shoes and Tevas and another pair of shoes? That's a lot of weight.

    Take either a pocket knife or a leatherman, not both.

    Remember, you can always use a bounce box for extra gear, chargers and such.

    Cheers!

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    It really depends on your hike philosophy. Do you want to have a load on your back and be comfier in camp? Or would you rather have a spring in your step (well, less of a load on your back) but be without a few creature comforts at night? You decide. I did both. Sometimes I would have a bunch of "unnecessary" things like a frying pan, small pillow, mug, book, and even a parachute hammock (in addition to my tent), and then sometimes I would forward everything I didn't absolutely need and spend a few weeks hiking super light.
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    No tupperware, use Ziplocs
    One pair of convertible pants, leave shorts at home
    Bring one fleece jacket or light jacket for colder nights at higher elevations
    No sleeping bag liner needed or gloves
    Crocs are enough for camp
    Better have DEET and a headnet
    Don't need seamgrip
    Bring one lightweight long underwear for higher elevations, leave fleece pants at home
    pocketknife only
    whisperlight system is very heavy, consider a canister system like pocket rocket or snowpeak
    compass is optional, imo
    first aid kit - all you need is a few bandaids, small tube neosporin, maybe a small ace wrap, one small tube hydrocortisone for bites and PI, and duct tape. You have overkill on the kit - don;t need scissors, gauze, ice, moleskin (falls off)
    one pot and one lexan spoon is all you need, don't need pot grips







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    Agree on the pocketrocket- worked beautifully, was much lighter, and was much easier to use than the whisperlite.
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    I agree with the above.
    "Bag Liner
    Liner (5 degrees)" With your 20 degree sleeping bag you don't need a liner for warmth.
    "2 2L nalgenes
    Drom" Does this mean some sort of dromedary water bag? Not needed. 2x2L nalgenes is more than you need; with the weather we've been having too little water won't be a problem.
    Add DEET and a headnet.
    Too many shoes and socks.
    The whisperlight plus fuel bottle is heavy. A canister stove (gigapeak, etc.) is easy and lighter; you also have time to experiment with alcohol stoves.
    For going through the higher elevations in ME and NH, especially the Presidentials, you do want warm clothes (bad conditions are 33F, 60mph wind and heavy rain); even there the fleece pants might be overkill. I would add rain pants for the above treeline part if rain threatened. I'm confused on just what your warm clothes are.

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    Hi All,

    Thanks so much for all of your advice (and for reminding me why you should proofread everything before posting). Here's a revised list

    Gregory 65
    Medium stuff sack as bear bag
    MSR Hubba Tent
    Sleeping Bag 20 degree north face
    Montbell Sleeping Pad
    Rain Jacket
    Rain pants?
    Midweight fleece pullover
    Mountain hardware jacket (warm/synthetic)
    2 pairs shorts

    2 shirts
    Long Underwear - top and bottom (midweight)
    Gloves
    Hat
    baseball hat
    Tevas for in camp
    2-3 socks and liners
    Pocket rocket stove
    cookware - pot and lid that doubles as frying pan
    Spork
    Mug
    2 2L nalgenes
    Aqua Mira
    Leatherman
    Trail Guide
    Headlamp

    Wallet
    phone and charger
    Camera and charger
    Rope 50ft of 5m rope
    S caribiner
    DEET
    bugnet?
    Book
    Bronners
    Toothbrush
    Toothpaste
    Hand Sanitizer
    ChapStick
    Sunscreen
    Vitamins
    First Aid - Pepto, ib, ace(s), tape, neosporin, duct tape, gauze, bandaids,

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    Consider two gatorade bottles instead of nalgenes. They are just as functional, plenty durable and weigh almost nothing, relative to a nalgene bottle. Plus, you can replace them periodically with new ones that are full of your favorite flavor.

    Use a ziplock bag for your wallet. It's durable and will keep the contents dry. Plus you shave a few more ounces off.

    I had a headnet with me in Maine in 2007 & 2008 and never used it. It's a matter of personal preference. Some people don't like putting Deet around their faces. But for me, deet did the job and I ended up sending the headnet home.

    My sock methodology is one pair on the feet, one pair for sleeping only and one pair (the pair you wore the day before) drying on the outside of your pack after rinsing. For three total pairs. You'll never need more than two pairs of liners, one that your wearing and one that you wore the day before. Of course if it is raining a lot, you'll end up with damp/wet socks no matter what.

    People poopoo sunglasses, but heading sobo you may find them useful, at least until you get to Vermont.

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