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Gear

Posted by on March 26, 2015

Every ultralight backpacker is constantly trying to cut ounces from the weight they have to carry and I am no exception. I knew that the gear that I typically use while backpacking would be too heavy for a long distance hike, so I did a lot of research and spent a good amount of money on ultralight gear.

The following list is what I plan on taking with me when I start hiking the PCT next week. This list will probably be meaningless to most non-thru hikers but I wanted to include it here mostly for myself so I can remember what I started with and compare it to what I finish with. All weights that I include are according to what I measure using my kitchen scale and may be slightly different from what the manufacturer states.

Backpack                       ZPacks Arc Blast, 60 liters, cuben fiber; with hip belt = 18.5 oz

Sleeping bag                  ZPacks down bag, 20 degrees; with stuff sack = 18.1 oz

Sleeping pad                  Thermarest NeoAir X-lite, women’s regular = 12.8 oz

Tent                                Mountain Laurel Designs Cricket, with stakes, silnylon = 22.3 oz

Sit pad                             SitLite Sit pad, small = 1.5 oz

Shovel                             orange plastic = 1.9 oz

Water purifier               Sawyer mini with cleaning plunger and 2 L squeeze bag = 4.9 oz

Eating utensils              Ziploc container and plastic spoon = 1.8 oz

Headlamp                      Petzel, with spare batteries = 3.9 oz

Food hanging                ZPacks stuff sack and paracord = 3.4 oz

Water bladder               1 L Platypus bladder = 0.8 oz

Umbrella                       Chrome umbrella = 8.2 oz

First Aid kit                    Hand made = 17.7

Toiletries                        Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, diva cup, razor, sunscreen, lotion, pocket knife = 7.0 oz

Clothes                           Patagonia puffy coat with hood = 13.1 oz

Outdoor research Helium II rain jacket = 5. 8 oz

Patagonia mid-weight long underwear bottoms = 5.0 oz

Patagonia mid-weight long underwear long sleeve top = 5.9 oz

Fleece hat and gloves = 2.5 oz

Injinji toe socks (2 extra pair) = 2.2 oz

Exofficio underwear = 1.0 oz

Camera                          Canon PowerShot SX210 with case, spare battery and battery charger = 13.1 oz

Kindle                             the old school kind = 7.8

Phone                             Moto X with case = 6.4 oz)

Grand total base weight = 11 pounds, 7 ounce

My goal was 10 pounds and I would have been under that if not for the luxuries of a camera and kindle. There’s always the option of sending sending those home if I’m not using them.

I am also bringing trekking poles (20.9 oz) which will be used as tent poles as well.

To wear, I have a long sleeve, button down shirt from Columbia (5.6 oz), a Patagonia sports bra (2.9 oz), Injinji socks (1.1 oz), Exofficio underwear (1.0 oz), Mountain Hardware pants (9.6 oz) and Saucony Virata 2 shoes with blue superfeet insoles (15.6 oz).

Once I get to Kennedy Meadows, which is where the Sierra mountains start, there are a few items that I will pick up, including:

Salomon speedcross 3 shoes (21.2 oz), Bear vault (required in part of the Sierra; 40.7 oz), microspikes (just in case there’s actually snow, 13.7 oz), bug netting, extra clothing layers, and hand warmers.

I’m sure I could have gone lighter on some things, but I also wanted to keep the expenses of new gear if not exactly reasonable, then at least not astronomical. Things can, and probably will, change along the trail. Remember: be flexible!

2 Responses to Gear

  1. UNCLE HANK

    UNCLE HANK
    WELL WE GOT SOME STUFF FOR YOU BUT NOW WE HAVE TO PACK IT UP FOR YOU.
    WHEN AUNT PATTY DOES SOMETHING SHE DOES IT GOOD !!!
    WE HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A SAFE AND DRY HIKING TRIP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE HOPE ALL GOES WELL FOR YOU ON THE TRIP !!

    TAKE CARE

  2. Sarah

    I like that the Sit Pad’s product description says, “keep you butt warm.” I like honest advertising. Haha I was surprised to see that the Bear Vault is 40oz! I bet you can’t wait to carry that extra weight around!

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