2014 Gear List for Southern California

Well, the 2014 PCT hiking season is at hand, starting at Campo and continuing for the first 300 or so miles of the trail.  Desert hiking will be new to me.  The scarcity of water, the heat, and the necessity to shift from a hammock to sleeping on the ground will all impact what I have to take along with me for this segment.  Hopefully I am making the right gear choices.  But I suspect that if I err, it will be on the side of overkill.  Next year I plan on completing the desert section, so this gear list may be refined quite a bit for that stretch.  At the end of June and first half of July I will be back in the mountains and back into more familiar terrain.

This is a bit heavier than last year, but that is primarily due to sleeping on the ground verses hanging in the trees.  Getting some sleep at night is going to be important.

Worn or Carried

There is nothing new here.  I generally hike with minimal exposure to the sun, and that seems like a good plan to continue through this section.  The shirt in particular has a lot of miles on it and dries pretty quickly.
Pants0, 10 3/4ExOfficio Bug-off with zip off legs
Shirt0, 6 3/4Seattle Marathon long sleeved tech tee
Underwear0, 2 7/8Under Armour boxers
Shoes2, 1 1/4Brooks Dyad 7 road runners (size 15).  These have 400 miles on them already but are in good shape.  If they give out on me I will have last years Cascadia’s in the car as backup.
Socks0, 2Alpaca Direct ankle socks
Sun Gloves0, 0 7/8OR Chroma – Keeps the sun off the back of my hands as well as giving some padding between me and the trekking poles.  
Gaiters0, 1 3/8Dirty Girl 
Hat0, 3ExOfficio ball cap with long cape
Watch0, 2 1/8Casio Pathfinder
Trekking Poles1, 5 5/8Black Diamond
Total5, 2 7/8

Belly Bag

Belly bags seem not to be terribly common on the trail, but I find using one to be very convenient.  My ID, phone, camera and other misc items are always handy; even when I drop my pack and wander away a bit.  It basically serves the purpose of big cargo pockets, without the rubbing against my legs.
Belly Bag0, 6 5/8
Compass0, 0 5/8Seldom used, but comes in handy occasionally.
Reading Glasses0, 1 3/8Small reading glasses in metal case
Nail Clippers0, 0 3/4
Knife0, 0 5/8Tiny Swiss Army Knife
Whistle0, 0 1/8Fox40 Micro
Notebook & Pen0, 1 3/4Used for note taking along the way.  Otherwise I’ll forget something I want to relate to the wife when I get home.
Chap Stick0, 0 1/4SPF 15
Anti-bacterial hand cleaner0,  0 3/4Travel size
Light0, 0 1/4Photon Freedom Micro
Camera0, 10Sony CyberShot w/generic case
Phone0, 5 1/2Droid Bionic
Bible0, 3 3/8NIV New Testament
ID & Cash0, 0 3/8Drivers License, Credit Card and cash
Total2, 0 3/8

Sleeping, Shelter & Pack 

I hate sleeping on the ground and have only done so once in the past 4 years or so.  The two pads may seem like overkill, but are necessary to keep my bony hips off the ground.  The sleeping bag is probably way to heavy for much of this trip and am still considering taking a lighter quilt along to use instead, swapping it out if needed when I meet up with Sue.
Pack2, 7 1/8Extra long cuben fiber ULA Circuit without internal pockets
Dry Bag0, 1LiteTrail NyloBarrier Pack Liner.  Holds everything in the pack other than food, tent and coat.
Tent1, 4 3/4ZPacks Hexamid Solo Plus with Poncho ground cloth and 10 stakes
Sleeping Bag3, 8 7/8Big Agnes Storm King (long).  Likely to be overkill for this section.
Inflatable Pad1, 4 1/8Big Agnes Quad Core
Closed Cell Pad1, 9 3/4Thermarest z-lite 3/4 length.  Extra padding and to protect the inflatable.
Umbrella0, 7 7/8Golite Chrome
Map0, 2 1/2Laminated Forest Service map of the PCT.  Cut in half and only carrying the current section.
Total10, 14

Clothing Carried 

Apart from the coat and extra socks, the rest of these clothes are generally just for camp and sleeping use.  I don’t like snuggling under a down quilt, or into a down sleeping bag, wearing dirty and sweaty clothes.
Coat0, 12 7/8Westcomb Specter LT Hoody
Long Sleeve Shirt0, 6 1/4Light weight fleece
Short Sleeve Shirt0, 4 3/4Performance tee
Silk Pants0, 3 3/8REI
Possum Down Socks0, 2 3/4Very warm sleeping socks
Skull Cap0, 1 3/4Smart Wool beanie
Gloves0, 2Mountain Hardware
Socks (2 pair)0, 4 1/8Alpaca Direct
Shorts0, 3Old pair of running shorts without liner, in case there is an opportunity to swim.
Stuff Sacks (2)0, 0 5/8Sea to Summit Ultra Mesh 6.5 L
Total2, 9 1/2


Toothbrush and Toothpaste0, 1 1/2Toob – contains a small refillable tube of toothpaste in the handle.
TP0, 0 7/8A roll from the backpacking section at WalMart
Wet Wipes0, 2Travel Pack
Hydrocortisone Cream0, 1 1/2Travel size anti-itch cream
Insect Repellent0, 0 1/2Ultrathon – 34.34% deet – in a drop bottle
Sun Screen0, 0 1/2Banana Boat SPF 30 – in a drop bottle
Total0, 6 7/8

Food and Water 

This does not include the weight of the food and water which will vary depending on water availability and how long I am out between resupplies.
Water Filter & Bag0, 2 7/8Sawyer Squeeze Mini filter with 2 liter Evernew bag
Extra water bags0, 2 5/82 – 2 liter Sawyer mylar bags.  Carried to give a total of 8 liter capacity for water if needed.
Scoop0, 0 3/8Top of a soda bottle
Chlorine Dioxide0, 0 1/810 pills in foil.  For emergency use.
UrSack and liner0, 7 3/4LiteTrail NyloBarrier order proof bag.
Bowl w/lid0, 1 3/82 cup bowl with screw on lid.  Works well for re-hydrating food while marching along the trail.
Spoon0, 0 3/8Plastic spoon
Gatorade Bottles0, 3 1/22-32 oz bottles.
Total1, 3

Other Stuff

SPOT0, 4 3/4Communicator mates with the phone.  Not really necessary but goes along for my wife’s benefit.
Spare Batteries0, 3For the phone and SPOT
iPod & earbuds0, 1 1/8iPod Nano
Headlamp0, 3 1/2Black Diamond rechargeable
Stuff Sack0, 0 1/81 small bag
Sun Glasses0, 1 1/4Cheap sun glasses and a strap to hang around my neck
Headnet0, 1Sea to Summit Insect Shield
Bandanna0, 118″ square cotton
Towel0, 1 3/4MSR Ultralite Packtowl
First Aid Kit0, 4 3/8Tape, cream & bandages in a Medical Kit .5 bag
Tyvek0, 1 1/82 foot square chunk of tyvek to sit on or pile pack contents on
Soap0, 0 1/2Dr Bonner in a small drop bottle
Total1, 7 1/2


Worn or Carried5, 2 7/8
Belly Bag2, 0 3/8
Sleeping, Shelter & Pack10, 14
Clothes2, 9 1/2
Toiletries0, 6 7/8
Food & Water1, 3
Other1, 7 1/2
Total Carried in Pack16, 8 7/8
Grand Total (Carried & Worn)23, 12 1/8
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