Ellie’s Gear Picks, Part 2

The second part of Ellie’s Gear Picks includes all of her clothing and layers. Quick note- these layers will change as the seasons change- summer clothing isn’t included here! This cold weather system has worked great so far, but as always, suggestions are welcome!

Diapers: We are excited to use gDiapers on the trail. They have a unique design- a thin cloth outer shell with a detachable plastic pocket that snaps inside. This holds disposable inserts in place. We will be taking 2 cloth covers, 4 plastic liners, and 4 disposable inserts per day. We’re using Seventh Generation disposable wipes, repackaged for 5 per day. We have used cloth at home from day 1 with Ellie, but the thought of washing diapers on the trail was more intimidating than carrying out disposables.

Base Layers: Two sets of Ella’s Wool Base Layer Set. These are made of merino wool and the bottoms are footed. The second set are not only in case a blow out happens, but are also her “pajamas”. This ensures that we are changing her clothes fully every single night to check for ticks(if you have any tips for ticks and babies, PLEASE CONTACT ME!).

Mid layers: Tube pants made from merino wool, also by Ella’s Wool. These pants are DURABLE. And their design grown with the baby and will last for 2-3 seasons and then be ready for another kid to wear. Her mid layer top is a Patagonia Micro D fleece.

Warm hat: Ellie wears an adorable alpaca wool hat also by Ella’s Wool. It ties under her chin so it stays on at night.

T-shirt: Patagonia Capilene Silkweight T-shirt

Bunting: Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for Ellie to get cold in this big guy!

Socks: Warrior alpaca wool purchased from amazon.com. We were so impressed with the alpaca wool hat that we went with alpaca socks, too! We only need one pair since her base layers have feet in them.

Shoes: Robeez soft leather sole shoe, also from amazon.com. These are the only shoes that will actually stay on her feet! She’ll switch to something like Keens when she is walking.

Rain Jacket: Patagonia Torrentshell one-piece.

Tip- for anything Patagonia, we try and first get it used, and if that doesn’t work, we look for past season models that have been replaced by new designs.

The countdown is now at 6 days! Let’s go already!




20 thoughts on “Ellie’s Gear Picks, Part 2

  1. Ted Graham, 'Lucky Dog' March 15, 2017 — 2:12 am

    The very best to you with your AT adventure of a lifetime. My NOBO AT thru hike last year was my first ever backpacking experience at age 68. March 2nd to Aug. 23. Take your time, hike your own hike and stay safe. Speed and pack weight causes injuries. …. ‘Lucky Dog’

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    1. Thank you, Lucky Dog! Your adventure sounds so awesome. I was encouraged to hear your story about backpacking for the first time at 68- WOW! That’s incredible and you are inspiring! I don’t think we’ll have to worry about speed… maybe pack weight though!


  2. I’m excited to follow your hike. We have really liked this pair of Stride Rite shoes for our little one as she’s started walking and hiking (now climbing and running): http://www.striderite.com/en/srt-teagan-t-strap/19510B.html?dwvar_19510B_color=BG55804 The soles are protective but still flexible, and they come in wide sizes that fit her feet with wool socks on. We have some Keens for her too, but the Keens are heavier and less flexible.


    1. Thank you! Those are adorable! I’ll definitely keep those in mind when she starts walking. I’ve heard great things about Stride Rite shoes and flexibility is important!


  3. So excited for you family! Enjoy it! Myself and hubby, we have 3 kiddos. We love the outdoors and the memories created when we adventure together (camping, hiking, and exploring) We will be following your adventure! Safe travels! -Crazynegrins

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    1. Thank you, Patty! We really appreciate the encouragement and we LOVE to hear about other families adventuring together!


  4. I think most babies who have ever lived have been carried a few miles a day. When I tripped in the Paul I saw lots of women carrying babies
    on their backs


    1. For sure! Culturally, many other countries carry their babies for long amounts of time of the day for the first couple of years! Great reminder 🙂


    2. I was thinking about the diaper issue – certainly a problem trying to live light weight. I think of when I was in nepal – and rural china – little kids toddled around with open back side lower wear. may seem gross – but maybe fine to have that stuff just recycle. urine is sterile and baby poop just ain’t that bad. I don’t know how often it would hit the back of your legs carrying her in a pack. If I was bringing a baby, I’d probably go for a washable solution and always have one sun drying on the top of one of your packs. I would be worried about her sleeping when ever carried and then up late at night


  5. Hello from Portland, OR! I just read about your adventure on my local hike group. This is amazing! I have a 20 months old daughter and we will be cheering for you guys. Best luck! We will be following you.
    Alex, Renata and Lilian

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  6. I am really looking forward to following your adventure. It will change all three of you, good luck. Now my advice about ticks: the best defense is to always have DEET on the person carrying the child, but never use DEET directly on a baby. It potentially has some bad effects on infant neurological development and muscle control, but it works and will stop ticks from climbing pant legs. Use long pants whenever possible and keep them treated with DEET. Almost all ticks are picked up at ground level and have to climb to reach Ellie. I personally can’t vouch for it, but I have always heard of geranium oil or witch hazel being used directly on the baby and their clothes as a repellent. The most effective measure will be to do a full body and clothing check at least three times a day because a tick has to be embedded for several hours before it is able to transmit diseases like lyme disease. Have tweezers and backup tweezers available and use them. A slight twist when pulling a tick will help prevent leaving mouth parts buried in the skin. Be safe and find every opportunity to savor the experience. You’ll never have another chance like this. God speed!

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  7. Carrie Digges-Tolgyesi March 20, 2017 — 2:14 am

    I wish all of you good luck on your journey! It is sure to be a wonderful and memorable adventure. Try to enjoy every step, even the painful ones. I’m a little envious. Doing a thru hike on the AT is a dream of mine. I love the outdoors and I can’t wait to read about all of your adventures. I’m very glad I stumbled upon the article in the local paper (I’m just up the road in Lynchburg). Best wishes for a safe trip!

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  8. Debbie from Richmond March 22, 2017 — 3:01 pm

    Have fun and I’ll be following your adventures from Richmond. You will be in my daily prayers for safe travels and sunny days….what wonderful lifetime memories you are making for Ellie and also for other young families who will follow in your footsteps with their little ones.

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  9. Debbie from Richmond March 23, 2017 — 6:40 pm

    Enjoy your adventure and I’ll be saying special prayers for sunny skies and lots of special memories for the three of you.


  10. I’m excited to follow your journey! I grew up tent camping and would love to take my children on a thru hike of the AT! What an adventure!! Safe travels!!!!


  11. So excited to read of your exciting adventure! Have read lots about thru hiking and would love to attempt this one day. Wishing you fair weather, beautiful scenery, safety and incredible memories as you learn more about God’s provision and the value of family!


  12. BurrillinOutThere March 26, 2017 — 1:28 am

    I’m super excited to follow you guys! We are due with our first baby any day now, and already have a trip planned for September(2weeks on the sunshine coast trail in British Columbia Canada).
    I can’t wait to read about what works/what doesnt/ and how you guys delt with things along the way. I’m super interested in yor diaper system and how it works for you guys!

    Best of luck



  13. I’m curious how the diapers are working out for you on the trail. Are two covers enough? Are the disposable inserts working out ok or it creating a lot of waste to pack out?


  14. Jessica Ausinheiler June 10, 2017 — 10:59 am

    My husband and I were smiling at each other the entire time we watched this from Great Barrington. We independently landed on almost the exact same gear for our 11 week old. We brought 2 woolino onesies and the equivalent Columbia mid layer and rain suit and alpaca hat:-) the wool pants would have been nice though. Thanks for posting–what a great resource!


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