This will be my still evolving gear post. My spreadsheet of items and weights and all that fun stuff is located here. Below I will briefly go through my choices. First the "big three" weighing in at a hair under 7 pounds.
*they're great for insanely rocky downhills and stream crossings but that's about it.
Stove/Cook system:Sadly my only DIY gear. This has been the latest piece of gear to evolve. I originally planned to use a trianga mini but have found it to be an inefficient, overweight system. Instead I've made a soda can stove similar to the instructions here but using JB Weld (a type of epoxy) to seal the gassification chamber up. It warms up much faster than a penny can stove, doesn't need priming and is more efficient than a cat can stove. I plan on taking up to 8 ounces of denatured alcohol or HEET (fuel additive found at most gas stations along the PCT) at a time with me which should yield about 10 to 12 meals. See my stove post here!
This jacket weighs almost nothing! Four ounces! Four! Amazing. Also the only piece of patagucchi I'm taking, mainly because their stuff is expensive and rarely on sale. Wind jackets are also pretty unusual here in the Northeast but come highly recommended for the vast open stretches out west. I will not be taking a rain jacket until I hit WA so this will be my rain shell as well.
Now for the electronics!
My camera, my kindle and my SPOT gps messenger. The SPOT is to keep my parents from worrying and let other people know where I am/live vicariously. The kindle has free 3G wireless so I can check the water report for updates and send quick emails. The internet is very very slow so you have to be patient but the battery will last about 3 weeks and uses the same charger as my dumb phone.
Well, that about wraps up the most interesting gear. For more details see my gear spreadsheet or ask questions below!