This is a copy of my gear list as I left for the trail. It does not include food or water, as these will fluctuate based upon days between resupply and distance from water sources. Typical additional weight is 2 lbs. of food per day until the next resupply and average water weight at any given time is around 3 lbs. The gear list will undoubtedly change as things wear out and trail experience increases.
Gear List 2007 (PDF)
There are many excellent resources online and in print for long distance hiking and making your pack weight lighter without sacrificing safety or (arguably) comfort. These are just a few of the many that I used to prepare for the AT.
www.WhiteBlaze.net has got to be the leading resource for AT information, and has a VERY active message board involving all things AT.
www.Backpackinglight.com is well worth the online subsciption fee if you are serious about dropping your pack weight. Available through this site is an excellent book "Lightweight Backpacking & Camping: A Field Guide to Wilderness Hiking Equipment, Technique, and Style".
www.AndrewSkurka.com Once you see what this lightweight hiking ambassador has accomplished (and is currently doing) you'll want to know what he has to say about going far and going light. Special thanks to Andy for his encouragement and advice.
www.fixingyourfeet.com You have to take care of your feet if you want them to take care of you. This book will show you how.
www.rayjardine.com The out of print book "Beyond Backpacking" is widelyconsidered the beginning of the ultralight backpacking movement. On this site you can find many great do it yourself gear kits...like the quilt I'll be taking with me on the AT. Be sure to check out Ray's "resume"...
www.appalachiantrail.org The offical homepage for the Appalachian Trail