Here is the basic gear list for my 2015 Appalachian Trail FKT Thru-hike. While this list contains ultralight gear and clothing it does not include food. My overall base weight hovered around 9 lbs, give or take things like how many batteries I was carrying or later in the hike when I threw away one headlamp because it broke, or other small adjustments along the way. Keep in mind that gear lists are never blue prints and what works for one person does not work for everyone. And what works on one trip may not work on another. What is a FKT? Learn training tips and definition of a Fastest Known Time hike.


Anish in the desert - credit: Adam Walker

Anish's Ultralight Gear Used

Category Gear Selection Weight (oz) Details
Packing Gorilla Ultralight Pack
20 Modified, and aluminum stay removed
Trash Compactor Bag 2.2 Used as a waterproof pack liner, make sure they are unscented for bear country!
Granite Gear Cloud Pack Cover 3.4 Size Small
Sleeping Zpacks Sleeping Bag 16
Klymit Pad 6
Ultralight Torso Sleeping Pad 4.6
Shelter Zpacks Soloplex with Poles 16 Including 8 titanium tent stakes
LT4 Carbon Trekking Poles 8.2 Per pair
Polycryo Ground Sheet 1.6 Used under shelter
Packed Clothing Fleece Pants and Shirt 8.1 For sleeping
Altra Calf Length Compression Socks 3
OR Rain Jacket 5.5
Patagonia Houdini Jacket 3.4
Fleece Gloves 1.4
Turtle Fur Balaclava 1.2
Half Bandana .6
Injini RUN 2.0 Midweight Socks 1.4
Poncho 1.2
Hydration Ultimate Direction 70 oz hydration bladder with Sawyer In Line Filter 10
Bottle 2
Backflush Syringe 1.1
Small Essentials Swiss Army Classic knife .8
Toothpaste 1
Hot Hands x 2 1.7 Hand Warmers
Sewing kit .1
.5 oz Neosporin .5
Immodium, Benadryl, Aleve .3
Gauze Bandages .1
Mini Floss .1
Toothbrush .3
Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks .5
Leuko Tape .3
Wet Wipes .2 Individually wrapped. One per day.
Hand Sani .3
Sawyer Sunscreen .3 Small quantity in a ziploc
Picaridin bug spray by Sawyer .3
Eyedrops/extra contact lenses .6
Imbue Patches 1
Lexan spoon (long) .5
Vitamins .5 Daily
Technology SPOT GPS Tracker 6
Smart phone 10 With charger cord and wall plug
External rechargable phone charger 3
OR Sensor Dry Envelope .8
Black Diamond Spot headlamp 2.9
Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp 2.9 Failed quickly and had to be thrown out. I would not recommended to others.
Extra Batteries 3.2 Lithium AAA
Weight Summaries ounces pounds
Base weight (not including items worn and consumables) 151.1 9.45

Overall, I was quite happy with all of my gear except my first headlamp (as noted). Be sure to read detailed reviews on my blog (link in my profile below).

This FKT gear list was contributed by Brand Ambassador Heather "Anish" Anderson

October 30, 2015 — Brian Fryer