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Tag: PCT Ultralight

65 days out: Are you crazy?

Most likely.

I get asked this question quite often.  Apparently quitting your job, walking 2,650 miles to Canada, sleeping with bears, and hitch hiking with strangers are not seen as rational decisions. Yet for some reason whenever I tell someone about my upcoming journey they talk to me for quite awhile, ask lots of questions, and usually finish by saying they are jealous. So maybe they are jealous that I’m crazy? I don’t know. Continue reading

The Big Three

Most of my time and energy was spent researching what pack, tent, and sleeping bag I would bring with me for 5 months. In my opinion this is the most important decision a thru-hiker will make. When it comes to these items lighter is better. These are the items you definitely do not want to cheap out on. You can easily save at least 2 pounds or more for each item over your general backpacking gear if you look into small companies that focus on ultralight gear. Zpacks, ULA, Gossamer Gear, Enlightened Equipment, and Tarptents are just a few companies that offer quality products that are extremely light. For me personally I saved close to 10 pounds when I switched my pack, tent, bag, and sleeping pad. Had I known or been introduced to ultralight backpacking sooner I could have saved myself a lot of money and back strain. Continue reading

PCT 2016 Gear List

Below is the gear that I plan on bringing.

For a more interactive view click here.

Item Item Name weight in ounces
Pack
Backpack Zpacks Arc Blast 22.5 oz
Bag Liner Trash compactor bag 1 oz
Food bag Zpacks Large Blast 1.4 oz
1.56 lb
Shelter
1 person tent Zpacks Hexamid 15.4 oz
Stakes Zpacks 6" stakes 1.6 oz
1.06 lb
Sleeping
Quilt Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20 19.79 oz
Sleeping pad Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite 7.5 oz
Pad Gossamer Gear 1/8 pad-trimmed 1.75 oz
1.82 lb
Cooking
Spork Titanium Spork 0.5 oz
jar Jar for cold cooking 1.5 oz
0.13 lb
Water
1L water x2  bottle Smart Water 2.76 oz
2L bladder x2 Evernew bottle 2.4 oz
Filter Sawyer Squeeze 2.6 oz
0.46 lb
Toiletries
Toothbrush Toothbrush cut in half 0.2 oz
Shit Trowel Deuce of Spades 0.6 oz
travel size Sunscreen 1 oz
Travel size Toothpaste 1 oz
Camp Towel Lightload Towel 0.5 oz
0.21 lb
Misc
Headlamp Petzl E+lite 0.95 oz
First aid supplies/Meds Med Kit 2 oz
Pocket knife Swiss Classic SD 0.8 oz
Phone/Charger Galaxy S5 8.5 oz
Battery Anker Astro 6700 4.8 oz
Locator Delorme PLB 6.8 oz
Credit/Driver/cash Cards/Zpacks passport pouch 1 oz
Headphones Headphones 0.4 oz
Umbrella Liteflex Umbrella 8 oz
Camera Sony HX90V 8.5 oz
2.61 lb
Clothing (Packed)
Down Puffy jacket Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 7.13 oz
Socks Darn Tough 1/4 socks 1.25 oz
Beanie Mountain Hardware Micro 0.75 oz
Buff Buff 1.6 oz
Bug net Mosquito Net 1 oz
Base layer top Patagonia Cap 4 hoody 7.13 oz
Base layer bottom Smartwool NTS Micro 150 Bottom 5.64 oz
Gloves Mountain Hardwear PowerStretch Stimulus 1.5 oz
Wind jacket Zpacks Ventum Wind Shell 1.95 oz
Wind Pants Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants 2.61 oz
1.91 lb
Base Pack Weight: (Excludes Clothes (Worn) 9.75 lb
Sierra Gear
Bear canister BearVault BV500 40.2 oz
Ice traction Kahtoola MICROspikes* 12 oz
Ice Axe CAMP Corsa* 7.2 oz
3.71 lb
Base Pack Weight: Including Sierra Gear 13.56 lb
Clothing (Worn)
Shirt Kuhl Wunderer 8 oz
Shorts Patagonia Baggies 5" 5 oz
Watch Suunto Vector 1.88 oz
Shoes Altra Lone Peak 2.5 20.5 oz
Hat Outdoor Research Transit Hat 3 oz
2.4 lb

 

*These are tentative depending on snow levels the closer I get to the Sierras. As of right now it seems that it will be a normal snow year and these will mostly likely be used.

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