I’ve spent the last few months getting my gear together. The forums on Whiteblaze.net have been invaluable. Also, a shout out to REI. They’ve also been a good source of information and their reasonable return policy lowers the risk of buying the wrong gear. I’m not a “gear guy.” – I’ve picked what works for me within a reasonable budget. There will be opportunities along the trail to replace gear so I’m not too worried about something failing.
The picture shows everything I will carry for the next 5 months with the exception of food and water. My total pack weight is 22.2 pounds. Probably on the lighter side of most, but about 7 pounds heavier from the ultralight crowd (Those cats are crazy. They will cut a toothbrush handle in half to save the weight). I will ship some of the clothing home when the weather turns warmer.