Final Gear List: JMT Thru-hike

Melissa’s solo gear:

Sleep System:


  • Two 1-L Smartwater bottles
  • Platypus collapsible 1-L bottle
  • Aquamira (A & B plus eyedropper-size bottle for dispensing during the day)

Clothing Carried:

  • Rab Fleece Quarter Zip Pullover
  • Silk/Poly blend long underwear
  • Icebreakers Merino t-shirt
  • Purple Rain Hiking Skirt
  • Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket
  • Turtlefur Fleece Hat
  • TrailHeads Powerstretch Fleece Gloves
  • Darn Tough Hiking socks (2)
  • 2 pairs of Patagonia no-seam, quick dry underwear
  • Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket
  • Sea to Summit Bug Headnet


  • iPhone 5
  • Dual USB charger
  • Jockery 6000mAh rechargeable battery
  • USB to lightening wire
  • USB to mini-USB wire
  • aLoksak waterproof bag


  • Small SPF 50 sunscreen
  • lip balm with SPF 30
  • Hand sanitizing lotion
  • 1 oz of concentrated liquid soap
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • 35% DEET insect repellant
  • small disposable razor
  • Wet wipes
  • Plastic stake for cat-holes (acts as an emergency extra stake)
  • Pee rag
  • Diva Cup
  • Small towel


Shared gear (Melissa carry):

Shared gear (Paul carry):

Paul’s Gear

Sleep System:

  • REI Igneo 20F bag
  • Thermarest NeoAir inflatible pad
  • Cocoon inflatible pillow


  • 1-L plastic bottle
  • 1.5-L Platypus water bladder


  • Nylon pants
  • 2 Quick dry t-shirt
  • 2 pair underwear
  • Ex Officio Bug Out Halo shirt
  • 2 pairs of Coolmax socks
  • Down vest
  • Marmot Precip Rain jacket
  • Fleece hat
  • Fleece gloves
  • Merino long underwear bottoms and top
  • Headnet


  • Razor
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Biosuds
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • wet wipes
  • small towel


  • Samsung Galaxy phone
  • Nokia point and shoot camera
  • charging cord


  • “wallet”–cash, credit card, license, medical insurance card
  • headlamp
  • Medicines (ibuprofen, glucosamine, diamox)
  • Swiss Army Knife

Final training hikes: Going big in Pennsylvania

I am now a week away from my departure from Northern Virginia and the start of my cross-country road trip to California from where I’ll spend a few days with family prior to starting my JMT thru-hike. To be ready for my hike, I’ve been building in longer and longer hikes into my training program. The last three weeks saw me hiking 36 miles in two days along the Allegheny Front Trail in Pennsylvania and then 40 miles in as many days along the Quehanna Trail also in Pennsylvania.

These were my first two backpacks in Pennsylvania and what an introduction to Pennsylvania hiking they were! What Pennsylvania seemingly lacks in views, it makes up for in the variation of flora along the trails.

Allegheny Front Trail

Quehanna Trail