So what does all this gear look like? I’ll show you.
Note that I have added a couple things and taken away a couple things from my previous list, but the grand total is roughly 13lbs base weight, then what is worn. Obviously not counting the required bear cannister and light crampons I will be carrying for ice crossing in the sierra. I will also be picking up a super-light fishing pole with those items as well. That will be about 4 or 5lbs added for that section. Luckily the bear can you can mail away after.
First lets look at clothes. I have put numbers in the images to correspond to the numbers below explaining what is what. Clothes are heavy so you need to make choices about fabrics and multi-usability. I.e. zip pants, down jacket that doubles as a pillow, etc. #5 and #6 are core pieces of clothing for the trip, the other choices were worked around these two pieces specifically to save weight.
NOTE: This list includes items I will be wearing (not showing Cascadia 8’s and Sun hat)
- Marmot rain/wind shell
- Long sleeve REI adventure shirt (wearing)
- Columbia short/pant zip-offs (will be wearing this or shorts)
- Mountain hardware ghost whisperer down jacket. (very light and compacts to nothing)
- Smartwool long-john top (night etc.)
- Smartwool long-john bottom
- Not-cotton quick-dry shirts, three in image, I will only be bringing two, the black one is already gone. (usually will be wearing one)
- Running shorts. (wearing this or pants)
- ultralight gloves
- underwear, 1x Underarmor Heat (anti-chafe) and 2x ex-officio boxer (will be wearing one)
- 1x sock liner (worn)
- 4x socks (1x worn)
Now for what is in the bag.
- ULA Circuit pack, has one ‘Hoser’ bladder inside and one visible leaning on it.
- Tarptent notch
- Z-Lite Sol sleeping pad, I may take off a section or two after I try it out.
- Z-Packs 20 degree waterproof down sleeping pad (old bag stand-in, zpacks is shipping now, they come with cuben fiber stuff sack so much lighter than this one)
- Black diamond trekking poles (note extra shoe laces there)
- Ultralight hiking Medical kit, has everything I should need for my feet and any cuts and scrapes and blisters I may get.
- Jetboil sol ti cooking system with cannister inside, tested this in my apartment, this thing is boss.
- Polycro ground cover.
- ultralight (Eagle creek climbing) ‘clothes bag’ see above for clothes
- socks bag, see clothes section above
- Sanitary wipes to keep the funk down, multi-use
- Sea to summit eVent waterproof compression sack for clothes bags (I have another I may use for electronics and such,, will see).
- waterproof document pouch for maps and such
- Hanky, useful when dealing with sweat and can be sacrificed to start a fire if need be.
- Buff, these things have a lot of uses (literally the only thing I learned by watching that show Survivor).
- Suntactics solar charger, tested this and it is good for my gear.
- ultra-light leatherman with knife and pliers, I really want to do some fishing in the Sierra and will be mailing a telescoping rod to Kennedy Meadows for that, so this is a must carry for sniping wire and working with hooks.
- Double-ended sharpie, for making signs and leaving notes for other hikers.
- Regular pen, for writing and making notes (my ‘Evernote’ Moleskine pad is pre-ordered and should arrive next month once they are available) I am an artist and do illustration so this is obvious.
- Sea to summit collapsible trowel. I don’t like digging with my hands and then going to the bathroom, it just seems … kind of gross.
- Whistle, this is a safety thing with many uses.
- Lighter, leftover from my smoking days.
- Headlamp, petzl with red light for night vision. (charges batteries with #35)
- Bug netting for my face.
- Silk sleeping bag liner, these are light and much easier to clean than a sleeping bag.
- Go-pro, I have made a priority of documenting this, and this is a very light camera/video camera which I have put an eye-fi into so it automatically transfers video and pics to my phone (#38) The gorillapod is the smallest possible and also have a base for a stik-pic (not shown)
- Fast-find ranger PLB, this is so people can find me if things go sideways
- Foodbag and foodbag cord, for hanging, cord also helping to keep my tent stable etc. String could work but this is very light tent cord so I can deal.
- Ankor 10,000, usb power supply. This is a charge-in-town thing for backup power for all my devices.
- Spoon or spork? I am leaning towards just spoon.
- Sansa Clip FM radio and mp3 player, extra 32GB memory card (?), earphones and extra-small usb charge cord.
- usb wall charger (this is the smallest I have found)
- Passport, travel wallet, permits, emergency numbers.
- toiletries, travel size toothbrush/toothpaste, sewing and tiny eyeglass repair kit.
- usb battery charger which in testing works great with the solar charger (#16) charges both AA and AAA batteries.
- Sawyer squeeze with attachment set for my water bladders
- usb charge Steripen, this is more of a backup
- Samsung Note 3 with the GEAR watch (gear charger not shown, but it is super-light) This is so I can keep my phone in my pack and the watch can take photos and do calls all Dick Tracy like.
Things not shown besides shoes and hat.
- Food (this will be it’s own post)
- Gallon zip-lock freezer bags, will need to carry a few of these.
- Pack liner.
I am going to probably have a good time revisiting this post when I get back. I know that the trail is where plans go to die. And it should be fun to see what I end up liking/not liking and what I kept and sent home.
Here it is all packed up.