Category Archives: Gear

Kate Spade and Pure Grit

When I opened the trunk today to organize the contents of my life in a Chevy Aveo, I saw a perfect vision of paradox. The items in my vehicle were selected carefully and with great consideration; having no known place to live when they were packed I chose the things I knew I’d use, the things that would make me feel the most comfortable anywhere I ended up, and the tools/gear I’d need to do what makes me me. Continue reading Kate Spade and Pure Grit

Gear Changes

I can’t quite remember what was left on my gear list after I sent the first bit of unnecessaries back, but a few more things have been dropped from my pack, and some added since then.

Sent Back

  • corduroy cap
  • cotton t-shirt
  • silk thermals (these just could not handle the hiker lifestyle)
  • clay mix for first aid
  • yarrow
  • chapstick
  • cotton sheet
  • teva water shoes
  • random food stuff i was not eating, like protein mix I can  no longer stomach
  • destroyed smart wool socks

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Gear-A Backpacker Indulgence

Sorting, buying, borrowing, bartering, packing, selling, discarding gear for 560ish miles/55 days in the Appalachian mountains. I set out in 1 month.

Gear list and pictures to come.


  • I’m cheap. Or frugal, however you like to put it.
  • Quality over quantity.
  • Environmental & health consciousness.
  • Weight.

It might seem at first glance that these four qualifications in my selection of gear and supplies would counteract each other, but I am determined to hike my own hike and weigh out all the possibilities. For example, high quality lightweight sleeping bags tend to be expensive.  After some thorough investigation, I have found one with the temperature rating I need, at a much lower price point than I expected, with lots and lots of excellent reviews.  It’s also only 3.3lbs.

This is just a little teaser. When my actual gear list post is ready, I’ll dive deeper into each of my gear selection priorities for you and future hikers who are trying to do it: at the last minute, in a tight budget, on a weird diet, or with strict environmental/health values – but safely, with adequate supplies and nutrition, and comfort.