631 miles on the AT.
Gear review. Quick post of my gear 51 days into my thru hike.
Hammockgear.com. Thanks to Adam for overnighting a 50 degree quilt to me. It’s a great deal, and weighs in at 10 ounces! It replaces my 20 degree, 20 ounce quilt which has kept me warm on the trail; I also have his Cuben fiber tarp with doors. Highly recommended.
Zpacks.com. I have the Arc Blast. So far, I am very pleased with it. Rugged, light, comfortable. 18-30 pounds pack weight and it attracts lots of attention. Stays dry in the rain. Recommended.
Clark NX-250 jungle hammock. Under 3 pounds with whoopie slings. 6 pockets, so nothing is on the ground. A bit heavy, but I love sleeping in my “tent” off the ground. Recommended!
Trail runners. I’m 62, and I have had blisters since day one. I used New Balance MT 1210’s, got over 700 miles on them, but I am going to my heavier boots. The rocks are tough on the feet, especially downhill, and I’m hoping for fewer blisters.
Update: back to trail runners. My boots shrunk! Or my feet grew, which is typical of hikers. I have sore toes from them hitting the end of the boots; I will lose a toenail… I now have the new version of my New Balance Leadville 1210’s. Better to go with a known. I can deal with the blisters!