How Females hike the Appalachian Trail

Ariane’s Appalachian Trail Gear List

Hey everyone! Very excited to be section hiking the AT. All the gear that has a * next to it is what I’m using.

My total pack weight including 2 liters of water and food is….25.8 lbs.  My base weight including Backpack, Sleeping Bag, and Tent is 6.54 lbs.  If you have any questions about my gear, please post and I will answer. Also, if you would like to schedule a one on one LIVE discussion on planning your hike or gear, ASK US!


My Rating
Good, but heavy
Quality Packs
Love it, but can be pricey 
Very Lightweight


*Nemo Hornet 2P Tent 2.5 lbs

My Rating

Does the Job. Expensive
very lightweight

Sleeping Bags

*REI Joule 23 700 fill Duck Down Bag 2.02 lbs
Marmot Aspen 40 Down Ultralight 

My Rating

Hate the color
There is better
No longer sold
Look on Ebay

Sleeping Pads

REI Flash Sleeping Pad REG. 15 oz
*Nemo Tensor Insulated Air Pad REG. 15 oz

My Rating

Pops a lot/3 returns
Good price point
Very Compactable


*Homemade Alcohol Stove (.75 oz)
MSR Pocket Rocket
*Snow Peak Titanium Cookware(.02 oz)
*TOAKS Titanium 900 Mil Pot 3.6 oz
*Sea to Summit Alpha Light Fork

My Rating

Fun to MYOG
Very lightweight
Non Recyclable
Brand name = $$
Look for TOAKS
Awesome Titanium Gear
A must buy
Lightweight Titanium Gear
Love Sea to Summit Gear

Water Filtration

*Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System 2.5 oz

My Rating

Very lightweight
MYOG gravity system
My Ratings

Tried and True
Best buy!
Great Puffy
Mid weight Layer
Quality made

This is my normal Basic Gear List. When teaching new backpackers I stress lightweight techniques. This list is good place to start. We occasionally switch out gear and buy additional gear that is on sale or based on Elevation and Geographical locations.

Clothing: The best rule of thumb is to make sure both your undergarments, and your inner layers are made of “wicking” material. Usually nylon or polyester. “Wicking” means your clothes dry fast and quick and don’t hold moisture.

My Ratings


Wicks very quickly
Good buy!


Wicks very quickly
Good buy!

Insulating Layer

Wicks very quickly
Good buy!

Camp shoe (At base camp or for crossing Streams)

  • Crocs (size 9) 12 0z

Stuff sacks (5, Strong, waterproof)

  • Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Dry Sac (camp clothes, hiking clothes, food, sleeping bag, and electronics- a must for camp clothes and sleeping bag minimally)

Water reservoir (2-3L; Playpus and CamelBak common bladders)

  • Platypus 3-L

First aid kit (the 10 essentials on a Budget Video)

  • Antiseptic Wipes (2)
  • Triple Antibiotic Cream (tiny tube)
  • Ibuprofun
  • Sewing Needle
  • Duct tape
  • Leukotape
  • Emergency Fire Starter (Cotton wool balls in Vaseline)

Head lamp (Lightweight)

  • Black Diamond Storm
  • Petzl Tikka

Hiking Poles

  • Leki Corklite
  • Black Diamond Ultra Lite Z-Pole

Scott and Ariane

With over 20 years of backpacking experience. Scott & Ariane have traveled all across the USA and have hiked some of the hardest trails. Ariane, who started as an Ice Climber, and Scott who has taught backpacking for 10 years, want to teach new people how to enjoy the outdoors. Between their Backpacking Basics Class, or their Backpacking Bootcamp class, we will teach you all you need to know.

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