Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gear List

This is my entire gear list. Some items will be shared, but the final weight is calculated as if I were to carry everything, because that always is a possibility. This is not an endorsement of any product, as not everything on this list has been used by me, but if you would like to ask me about any of the items on the list, I would be more than happy to give you my input on the items.


-Asolo Fugitive GTX boots
-Smartwool sock liners
-Smartwool Backpacking Socks
-OR FlexTex Gaitors (similar to link)
-UnderArmour Boxer Briefs
-Royal Robbins Convertable Pants (w/ zip off legs)
-Mt Hardware short sleeve tan hiking shirt (similar to link)
-Sun hat (similar to link)
-Trekking Poles

PACK (4lbs 10oz)
-Osprey Aether 70
-BearVault (only where required)

-Smartwool sock liners
-Smartwool Backpacking Socks
-UnderArmour Boxer Briefs
-Long sleeve running shirt (2008 Portland Marathon Shirt)
^^^This will travel in my bounce seventy percent of the time
-Long sleeve linen sun shirt (bought for $2 in Idyllwild at a thrift store)
^^^This will be worn in desert only
-Mt Hardware Gore Windstopper Cap (similar to link)
-Mt Hardware Conduit SL Wind jacket (similar to link)
^^^Quite possibly leaving this in my bounce box
-Patagonia capilene-2 long johns
-Patagonia capilene-3 pullover top
^^^Will probably trade this out for a capilene-2 pullover top
-MontBell Ultra Lightweight Down Jacket
-Frogg Toggs Raingear
-REI Polartec Gloves (similar to link)

-2 Needles, thread
-3 Safety Pins
-30 sq in mole skin
-1 oz foot cream
-1 oz Triple Antibiotic
-2 oz DEET (in mosquito country only)
-4 sheets scrap paper
-1 oz toothpaste
-Dental Floss
-Toilet Paper
-Baby Wipes
-Sanitation shovel (3.1oz)
-Sun screen
-Vaseline (first five hundred miles or so)
-AA Battery x2
-AAA Battery x3
-Sporteyz Sunglasses

MISC (approx. 3lb 1oz)
-Granite Gear XS clothing compression sack (3.8oz)
-OR Helium Quick Sack
-Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe 65cm (15.9oz)
^^^Will Pickup at Kennedy Meadows
-OR Mosquito Headnet (2.2oz)
-Petzl Headlamp (2.9oz)
-Joby Gorillapod (camera tri-pod) (5.8oz)
-32North STABILicers Lite (10.75oz)
-Will try in SanJacinto's to decide if I want to use in Sierras
-REI Ducks Back Pack Cover (7.6oz) - Trash Bag Liner

FOOD/HYDRATION (2 lbs 5.4oz)
-Titanium Spork (0.6oz)**
-Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl (3.3oz)**
-Platypus 3L w/ hydration kit (4oz + 3.25oz) (also empty plastic bottles in desert)
-JetBoil Cooking System (15.25 oz)**
-Katadyn Water Filter (11oz)**

SLEEPING (6lbs 4.7oz)
-Silk Cocoon (4.7oz)
-Marmot Sawtooth 15 (2lbs 14oz)
-Z-rest Sleeping Pad (10 oz)
-Double Rainbow Tarptent (2lbs 8oz)

-Garmin 60 CSx GPS (w/ 2 AA Batteries)
-Nikon Coolpix P100 Camera (w/ cables, extra battery, SD Cards)
-Blackberry Bold (w/ charger)
-Lowepro TLZ1 Camera Case

approx. 28 LBS (yikes!!)

I need to trim that down.

*No Food, No Water
**Carried by Hiking Partner


  1. Ditch the silk liner, reconsider Jetboil and Katadyne systems, leave the ice axe home until Kennedy Meadows, could get a lighter pack ? The rest doesn't look too bad.

  2. Looks pretty good on the details, maybe reconsider the platapus, and pack cover. Also I would say you could work on your cook system (here is mine Best of luck out there on the trail. Justin

  3. Too many clothes. If you can't wear all your clothes at once without duplicate layers, you have too many clothes. Doesn't apply to socks.

    For example, you have rain gear and a wind breaker. Rain gear can stop wind. You also have a lot of layers. Lots of people think they need sleeping clothes and if that's your deal then that's fine. I sent mine home after I fell asleep in my clothes one night and learned I slept well in my clothes.

    Ditch the bowl and eat out of your pot. If you need a bowl, use something plastic that food came in.

    Use Aqua Mira instead of a filter.

    Leave the shovel home and use a rock or your shoe or a stick.

    Use trash compactor bags instead of stuff sacks.

    Don't carry batteries. Ship them to yourself instead. Ship cables and chargers, too. A GPS is not necessary on the trail. Only turn it on when you have to and then you won't have to carry so many batteries. Same with phone. Turn it off until you want to make a call.

    You don't need a silk sleeping bag liner, especially with a 15 degree bag.

    A trash bag works better than a pack cover.

    Cut the little attached stuff bag off the mosquito net. If there's anything else you have that you can do similar modifications to, do it. Do you really need the lid on your pot, for example? Can you use foil instead?

    Don't carry ice and snow equipment until Kennedy Meadows. Maybe pick it up at Paradise cafe and send it ahead in Cabazon if that makes you feel better for Fuller Ridge, but don't carry it all the way.

    Carry several small platypus, not just one big one. Be sure to carry a small bottle to fill them because they'll be hard to fill at some of the water sources. Use something that comes with a free drink inside.

    If you can reduce your clothing and your gear you can probably take the top lid thingie off your pack and save even more weight.

  4. Thank you all for the feedback.
    I am in the process of refining my gear list, and hopefully cutting the weight down.

  5. wtf is with the comments saying no snow gear till kennedy meadows. haven't you all ready gone over the big passes (Muir Forester etc.), and through most of the early season by then anyways? am I missing something? Kennedy Meadows is in Stanislaus nf right?

  6. There is a Kennedy Meadows north, and a Kennedy Meadows south. They are referring to the KM south, which is the gateway to the sierras.