The list author says: "Get the main things first like your boots, pack, sleeping bag, tent, cookware, clothes and safety gear then add the accessories you want. Go over some of the skills at backpacker.com and rei.com skills and expert advice sections."
"Start with a good boot. Everyone needs to take the time to find a pair of boots that fit them well and will work well for them on the trail. Find a comfortable, quality boot built for backpacking. Spend some time walking in the boot before buying it. This boot works well for me - so far I've done about 100 miles in them. You'll also need quality hiking socks. I use REI's wool hiking socks."
"Being 6'3, I use the long bag. This is a great bag. It has enough room for a big guy to toss and turn. I sleep cold, and am comfortable with just the bag down to about 25 degrees. This bag is heavier and more bulky than more expensive down bags."
"When you need to make like a bear and go in the woods, this is a good trowel for digging catholes. If you're not familiar with how to do this, read the "Leave No Trace" guidelines so that you can do it without degrading the environment. Also, don't forget the hand sanitizer and the TP."
"A whistle, compass and container to keep your matches dry. Another safety device you should always carry with you along with water, a heetsheet, light and a knife - even on a day hike - since you never know when it may turn treacherous."
"Organize stuff in your pack. I put my food and toiletries in them. To keep animals out of your pack and tent, always keep your food and other "smellable" stuff in a separate sack from everything else. Hang it or store it in a bear container when necessary. Don't bring it in your tent or leave it in your pack overnight unless you want to deal with animals tearing through your pack and tent."