For better or worse, the following is a summary of the gear I plan to take with me for my 2017 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. For the complete list with weight, check out my LighterPack page here.
Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 ~ This is a lighter pack than the Osprey Aura I have used before, with fewer bells and whistles. So far I’ve only used it to haul a gallon of Starbucks coffee and a leaking quart of half & half up Dog Mountain in the middle of a stormy night, but it was comfortable. Plus, their customer service has been great.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 w/mtnGLO ~ I started out with a lighter-weight TarpTent Rainbow, but my boyfriend convinced me that I would probably end up in a tangled mass of cuben fiber in the first wind storm, so I’m taking his Copper Spur instead. After five months of me living in it, wearing the same clothes every day and taking few showers, we’ll most likely have to set it on fire, so his generosity is much appreciated.
My Sleep System
Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt (in Mardi Gras colors!) ~ This is my favorite piece of gear so far, mostly because I got to pick the colors. It is a 0 degree quilt because I FROZE in a 15 degree Big Agnes mummy bag the last time I went backpacking and I hate being cold.
Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad ~ It is kind of a pain in the butt to blow up a mattress at the end of a day of hiking, but laying down on an insulating cushion of air makes that worth it.
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow ~ A luxury item for a thru-hiker, I know, but sleep is serious business and a lack of it makes me very grumpy.
Evernew Titanium UL 0.9 Pot ~ For weight saving, this pot is replacing the GSI Soloist that I use for weekend trips.
GSI Infinity Mug ~ Gotta. Have. Coffee.
MSR PocketRocket ~ the BF and I have debated the attributes of the PocketRocket versus the JetBoil. I do love how fast the JetBoil can boil water, but it is loud and bulky. I’m taking my PocketRocket because I really like the size and efficiency, and frankly I’m a little emotionally attached.
Gossamer Gear bamboo spoon ~ I got this for free at PCT Days in Cascade Locks, Washington. Thanks Gossamer Gear!
ZPacks Roll Top Blast Food Bag ~ Apparently this is now just called the ‘Food Dry Bag’, which doesn’t sound nearly as cool. This is basically a cuben fiber dry bag with a velcro enclosure, roll top, and a carabiner for hanging, which I won’t be doing because my method of hanging food consists of wadding up rope in an unsalvageable ball and getting it stuck in all the branches.
Platypus BigZip 2L and Hoser 2L w/inline Sawyer Squeeze water filter ~ Thanks to my friend Chad who showed me how to make my own gravity filter system after I jealously coveted his on a backpacking trip in the Columbia Gorge.
This is what I plan to wear: REI Sahara long-sleeved shirt, sports bra, Purple Rain Adventure Skirt, Ex-Officio undies, Injinji NuWool socks, Saucony Peregrine trail runners, and the Mt. St. Helens trucker hat that I won from the Mt. St. Helens Institute for knowing the most random long-distance trail trivia (it pays to be a nerd sometimes).
This is what I plan to carry: Montbell Superior Down Parka, Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket, Icebreaker 200 base layer top, Smartwool midweight base layer bottoms, a Buff, glove liners, extra socks, extra undies, Teva Mush flip-flops, Petzl Tikka headlamp, and a shirt/shorts to wear when I’m doing laundry.
iPhone 6s Plus with Lifeproof case, charger and earbuds ~ I have dropped my phone in puddles and toilets, and accidentally set it on fire in an ill-advised oven incident. Thus the Lifeproof case.
Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5 ~ this external battery pack is heavy, but my phone is my camera, GPS, map database, iPod, tv, Kindle…everything. So I want to be able to charge multiple times between towns.
Kids’ Shark Freestyle watch ~ Thank you to the BF’s 7 year old son for letting me borrow his watch. I promise I will bring it back.
Montbell Sunblock Umbrella ~ I plan to use this as shade from the desert sun, and as protection from the Washington rain.
For the Sierras, I will pick up my Petzl Ice Axe, Hillsound Trail Crampons, Gaiters, and heavier base layers.