A Sample Gear List

This is part 7 of a multi-part series on backpacking equipment

  1. Portable Backcountry Shelters
  2. Staying Warm At Night In the Woods
  3. Fueling the Furnace
  4. Dressing Appropriately
  5. All the Other Stuff We Like To Pack
  6. And, Finally, What To Put It All In
  7. A Sample Gear List

The first six articles in this series have looked at the wide range of backpacking gear that is available and discussed the pros and cons of much of it.  To close out this series I want to detail out a gear list. This is what I am currently planning on using for multiday trips in the Olympics as well as this year’s PCT section hike through Oregon, but is subject to some change yet.  It is a moderately lightweight gear list.  Of course if the weather is expected to be very cold or wet some additional clothes will be added.  All weights are in pounds and ounces. What I Am Wearing

Pants 0, 12 ExOfficio with zip off legs and built-in mesh briefs
Shirt 0, 6 3/4 Seattle Marathon long sleeve performance tee
Shoes 1, 7 3/8 Brooks Pure Grit trail runners (size 14)
Socks 0, 1 1/4 Cool Mesh II
Gaiters 0, 1 3/8 Dirty Girl
Hat 0, 3 1/8 Columbia wide brim floppy hat
Watch 0, 2 1/8 Casio Pathfinder
Trekking Poles 1, 5 5/8 Black Diamond
Total 4, 7 5/8

 

Belly Bag

Belly Bag 0, 4 with ID and keys
Maps 0, 3/4 For 1 Green Trails topo in a zip lock bag.  This weight will actually go up for the PCT and the maps will move into a side pocket on the pack.
Compass 0, 5/8
Reading Glasses 0, 1 1/2 Small reading glasses in metal case
Nail Clippers 0, 3/4
Multi-tool 0, 2 3/8
Whistle 0, 1/8 Fox40 Micro
Notebook & Pen 0, 4 Used for note taking along the way.  Otherwise I’ll forget something I want to relate to the wife when I get home.
Chap Stick 0, 1/4 SPF 15
Anti-bacterial hand cleaner 0, 1 Travel size
Total 0, 15 3/8

 

Sleeping, Shelter & Pack

Pack 2, 4 3/4 ULA Circuit without internal pockets
Dry Bag 0, 4 OR Medium
Hammock 2, 11 3/8 Warbonnet BlackBird 1.1 dbl with 14′ straps and woopie slings
Tarp 1, 4 MacCat Deluxe SpinnUL with ridge line, tie outs and stakes
Top Quilt 1, 6 1/2 JRB No Sniveller
Bottom Quilt 1, 5 5/8 JRB Mt Washington 3
Pillow 0, 4 7/8 REI self inflating
Total 9, 9 1/8

 

Clothing

Coat 0, 12 3/8 Westcomb Specter LT Hoody
Long Sleeve Shirt 0, 9 Heavy running shirt
Short Sleeve Shirt 0, 4 Performance tee
Silk Pants 0, 3 3/8 REI
Possum Down Socks 0, 2 3/4 Very warm sleeping socks
Skull Cap 0, 1 3/4 Smart Wool beanie
Gloves 0, 3 3/8 Running gloves with mitten covers
Socks 0, 2 1/2 2 pair Cool Mesh II
Total 2, 7 1/8

 

Toiletries

Toothbrush and Toothpaste 0, 1 3/8 Toob – contains a small refillable tube of toothpast in the handle.
TP 0, 3/4 Pulled from a big roll and put in a small zip lock bag
Wet Wipes 0, 2 Travel Pack
Cortaid 0, 1 Travel size anti-itch cream
Insect Repellent 0, 3 Ultrathon – 34.34% deet
Sun Screen 0, 4 Banana Boat SPF 30
Total 0, 12 1/8

 

Food and Water

Water Filter & Bag 0, 3 1/2 Sawyer Squeeze filter with 2 qt bag
Chlorine Dioxide 0, 1/8 10 pills in foil
UrSack and OP Sack 0, 9
Spoon 0, 1/8 Cheap plastic spoon
Gatorade Bottles 0, 3 1/2 2-32 oz bottles.
Total 1, 1/4

 

Electronics

Phone 0, 5 1/2 Droid Bionic.  Biggest reason to take is to mate with SPOT.
Camera 0, 9 Sony CyperShot with a generic case
SPOT 0, 4 7/8 Communicator mates with the phone.  Not really necessary but goes along for my wife’s benefit.
Headlamp 0, 2 3/4 Mammut
Spare Batteries 0, 3 For the phone and SPOT
iPod & earbuds 0, 1 1/8 iPod Nano
Total 1, 10 1/4

 

Other Stuff

Stuff Sacks 0, 1 3/4 3 small bags
Sun Glasses 0, 1 Chear sun glasses in a lightweight bag
Headnet 0, 7/8 Sea to Summit Insect Shield
Bandanna 0, 1 18″ square cotton
Towel 0, 1 3/4 MSRUltralite Packtowl
First Aid Kit 0, 5 3/8 Tape, cream & bandages in a Medical Kit .5 bag
Tyvek 0, 1 1/8 2 foot square chunk of tyvek
Total 0, 12 7/8

 

Totals

Worn 4, 7 5/8
Belly Bag 0, 15 3/8
Sleeping, Shelter & Pack 9, 9 1/8
Clothes 2, 7 1/8
Toiletries 0, 12 1/8
Food & water 1, 1/4
Electronics 1, 10 1/4
Other 0, 12 7/8
Total Carried in Pack 16, 3 3/4
Grand Total (Carried & Worn) 21, 10 3/4
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