Since no thru-hike is complete without a gear list, this is the list of equipment I’m taking with me on my hike of the Benton MacKaye Trail. This is largely an evolution of my gear from my Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikes. I’ve also written on the details of what gear changed, and why.
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Three years ago, I traveled to Georgia to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail, my first long-distance trail. In 2017, I returned to Vermont to hike the Long Trail, which shares 105 miles with the AT. And in 2018, I took a detour to the west to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Now, time to once again return to familiar ground. In just a few weeks, I’ll be back at Springer Mountain to begin a new hike: the Benton MacKaye Trail.
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