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A Day in the Food Life of Shotgun Bobby

Scene of the crime: Neels Gap


  • 2 servings of single-serve oatmeal
  • one lb. can of peaches
  • 2 cracker packs, or 12 peanut butter on cheese crackers
  • 2 sodas (not diet)
  • one sausage/hamburger pizza (not personal pan… we’re talkin’ a whole pizza here, folks)
  • 2 bags of Lays potato chips
  • one snickers candy bar
  • 1/2 bag of teriyaki rice
  • one mashed potato mountain
  • one blueberry cheesecake.

Springer Mountain to Justus Creek

Gear Gallery

Gear List

Deciding on what to pack has proved a daunting task.  After all, I’ll be carrying every ounce on my back. Since I’ll be depending on most items daily for the course of six months, durability is as essential as weight.  I’ve been accumulating items since the day I decided to hike, but I’m still lacking some must-haves such as clothing. I’ll continue to update the list as I go because (as most thru-hikers have experienced) it will probably change a million times before I set foot on the trail. My intention is not to promote certain brands or items but merely state what I have found works for me and inform you of the equipment a thru-hike might require.  Photos are coming soon!


  1. Osprey Aether 60 backpack (4 lbs. 15 oz.)
  2. North Face Meso 22 two-person tent (4 lbs. 1 oz.)
  3. Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 sleeping bag (1 lb. 15 oz.)
  4. Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack- Medium 14L (5.2 oz.)
  5. Therm-A-Rest ProLite sleeping pad (16 oz.)
  6. Therm-A-Rest ProLite stuff sack (.8 oz.)
  7. Osprey UL raincover (4.25 oz.)


  1. Optimus Crux Lite stove (2.9 oz.)
  2. Optimus gas canister (4 oz.)
  3. MSR Base 2 pot set (16 oz.)
  4. Sea to Summit X-Bowl (2.8 oz.)
  5. Sea to Summit X-Mug (2.1 oz.)
  6. Brunton My-TI folding spork (.6 oz.)
  7. Outdoor Research 10L waterproof stuff sack (1.4 oz.)


  1. Merrell hiking boots
  2. Patagonia Capilene base layer
  3. Thor-Lo hiking socks
  4. SmartWool PhD Outdoor Light crew socks
  5. Injinji Outdoor Series Performance Toesock
  6. Fox River X-static liner
  7. Injinji Lightweight Performance Toesock liner


  1. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (4 oz.)
  2. Sea to Summit Tek towel (4.9 oz.)
  3. Sea to Summit iPOOd! pocket trowel (3.5 oz.)
  4. Tooth powder
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Insect repellent
  8. Nail clippers


  1. First-aid kit
  2. Appalachian Trail Data Book 2011
  3. Leki Mountain Trek Series trekking poles
  4. Princeton Tec Remix LED headlamp (2.9 oz.)
  5. Gerber 8L3 knife with fire steel
  6. Duct tape (thanks, Adam!)


  1. Two-liter Nalgene water bladder
  2. Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter water purifier (11 oz.)
  3. Splashguard for Nalgene bottle
  4. Plenty of granola bars and dehydrated food!