Little Lady’s Gear: 

Nicole's Gear


Backpack: Osprey Aura 50 Women’s Internal Frame Backpack 50 oz

Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardwear Phantasia 32 Women’s Sleeping Bag 21 oz

Sleeping Bag Liner (for colder weather): Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme Mummy Bag Liner 14 oz

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite 12 oz

Trekking Poles: LEKI Lhasa Lite Aergon Antishock Women’s Trekking Poles 18 oz

Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp 3.2 oz

Stuff Sacks: 1 Small/ 1 Medium  ZPacks Cuben Fiber Small Dry Bag .6oz / .85 oz 

Pillow: ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag Medium 1.65 oz


Tent: ZPacks™ Duplex Tent 21.6 oz 

Stove System: JetBoil Flash 15.25 oz

Water System: Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System Reservoir Kit – 2 Liter 11.5 oz

Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon .67 oz

ZPacks Duplex Tent - Home Sweet Home

ZPacks Duplex Tent – Home Sweet Home



Cash’s Gear:


Backpack: Osprey Exos 48 Pack

Sleeping Bag: Enlightened Revelation Quilt 19.79 oz

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite 12 oz

Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles 18 oz

Headlamp: Black Diamond Headlamp

Stuff Sacks: 1 Small/ 1 Medium ZPacks Cuben Fiber Small Dry Bag .6oz / .85 oz

Bear Bag Kit: Zpacks Bear Bag Kit 3 oz

Pillow: ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag Medium 1.65 oz


Tent: ZPacks™ Duplex Tent 21.6 oz

Stove System: JetBoil Flash 15.25 oz

Water System: Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System Reservoir Kit – 2 Liter 11.5 oz

Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon .67 oz

Tools: Leatherman Multi-tool/ Morakniv Knife


Little Lady’s Post Trail Gear Reviews:

Backpack: I was a little disappointed in my Osprey backpack. There were some things about the bag that I would definitely change. Osprey does make some great bags and with some tweaks this one would have been perfect but when you live out of your bag for 6 months you really want to be comfortable and for your bag to work the way you want it. My biggest issue with the Aura 50 was the side pockets. The materail they were made out of had absolutely no give so it made storing and removing water bottles absolutely impossible for me. If my bag was loaded down there was no way to insert or remove a water bottle without taking the pack completely off. That meant I had to have a bladder which took up space inside my bag and was a pain to refill. I never knew how much water I had and I would have to take most of my gear out to remove the bladder. This took time and when it’s cold and raining you don’t want to be pulling out your gear and getting the inside of your bag wet. I also had the front zipper come off which was can be an easy fix if you send it to Osprey but I didn’t have the ability to wait for it to get repaired so I made do with one front pocket.

Sleeping Bag: I loved my bag! It was extremely comfortable and pretty lightweight. If I had the money I would have gotten a lightweight bag for the summer months because it does keep you pretty warm. It came in handy in North Carolina and through the Northern States when the temperature dropped. I did have to use my liner but I sleep cold but overall it was a great bag. 

Sleeping Pad: Sleeping on a pad took a little getting used to, especially because it is a little noisy and unfortunately I tend to toss when I sleep. It is very lightweight and durable. The pad lasted the whole trip without any holed or leaks.

Trekking Poles: The LEKI poles were not my favorite and I know they come pretty highly recommended in the hiking world. They will probably be kept as spare poles from now on. They were extremely lightweight and they did collapse pretty easily but the handles and wrist straps were not very comfortable for me. I used Cash’s Black Diamond poles a few times on trail which were extremely comfortable and much better at digging into the ground for leverage. I think I will be going with Black Diamond poles from now on.  

Headlamp: I went through 2 headlamps on trail. I had an issue with the battery connection on my first headlamp. I would put brand new batteries in the case and the light would not turn on. We tried to fix the problem but after a few times being placed back in my bag the problem would return so I had to get a new one. You don’t want to be stuck out in the woods with a faulty headlamp! And make sure you have backup batteries. 

ZPacks Bags: We put our cuben fiber bags through the ringer and they lasted the whole trip, even our food bags! I ended up using the felted pillow/clothes bag, a large bear bag for food, 1 small bag for electronics and then I used a Sea to Summit dry bag for my sleeping bag/liner. They are on the pricey side but I think they are worth it, you want to make sure your gear is dry! I also used the ZPacks rain cover after using a cheap one that I purchased early on that did NOT work at all! 

Tent: We were pretty impressed with the tent. The setup was fairly quick which was important when you’re dealing with impending rain. We liked having doors on both sides and we usually kept the storm flaps rolled up to let the breeze through. We had a couple of really strong rain storms and stayed fairly dry through most of them. We ended up laying head to foot to allow for more room in the tent. For a two-person it was fairly large but with bags included it can be a little tight, we could have gone with the Triplex.

Stove System: JetBoil is the way to go. Our meals consisted mostly of Knorr rice and pasta sides so boiling up our water was extremely fast and easy to do. We had no problems whatsoever with the JetBoil. Helpful tip for couples: if you don’t want to wait for your partner to finish eating and you don’t want to carry two systems invest in a Ziplock Twist n’ Lock to cook your meals in. Just boil the water and pour it into the container with your side, close and let sit for 10 mins (time varies on some sides) and viola, cooked!!  It’s super easy to clean out and store! Having the Optimus Titanium Spoon was helpful too! Go with the long spoon, it’s worth having!

Water System: We used the Gravity Platypus for a good bit on the beginning of the trail. It came in handy when we needed to filter large amounts of water at the end of the day but to refill our water bottles/bladders during the day was a process. The system filtered water pretty quickly during it’s first uses but after a while the water would filter extremely slow, even after back flushing the system. Toward New Hampshire and Maine we stopped using the filter altogether and went with the Sawyer.  We shared one which is not recommended for couple hiking but funds were low at that point and we made it work! 

Electronics: I used my phone as my camera and sent home the GoPro. I was bad at keeping it charged and taking it out of the bag to take pictures so the phone was the most convenient for me. I wish I had taken a digital camera because the phone does not always take the best pictures but it’s all personal preference. I mainly used my phone for podcasts, pictures and as our guide with the Guthook’s Hiking Guide app. I used my MP3 player for music until I dropped it in a river but it worked well, held battery for quite some time and was extremely small! Cash and I shared the battery bank, the Anker PowerCore, which was a little on the bulkier side but was well worth it to be able to charge our MP3 players, phones and headlamps. We had a small speaker and a portable keyboard that we ended up sending home. We also eventually sent our Kindles home. Towards the end of the trail I was too tired to read at night so it never got used. 


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