You can't go anywhere without "stuff," and the Pacific Crest Trail is no exception.  But have too much stuff, especially heavy stuff, and you turn into a plodding wreck (or worse) on a long trail.  We've done the "everything but the kitchen sink" style backpacking of the old days, but with age comes wisdom and with technology comes new ways of thinking when it comes to backpacking gear.  Modern gear is light, amazingly so - especially with the addition of packing only what you really need.  Keeping the base weight (before adding consumables) of the pack as low as possible, but still having enough gear to keep you safe and warm, will continue to be our method for all our trips.  For the PCT, we will aim for a base weight of under 12 pounds. Here are some of the things we are carrying:


Bob - Zpacks Arc Haul (26 oz. empty with accessory pouches)

Susan - Zpacks Arc Blast (19 oz. empty with accessory pouches)


Zpacks Duplex Tent (22 to 24 oz. depending on which stakes we use)


  Zpacks 900 Fill Power Down Sleeping Bag (23 oz.)

Exped SynMat UL

Exped UL 7 pad (16 oz.)


Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket (8 oz.)

   Luke's Ultralight Gore Tex Paclite Jacket and Pants (12 oz. total)

Zpacks Groundsheet/Poncho (5 oz.)

Bob - Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Running Shoe







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Susan - Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe













Image result for iphone 6iPhone 6 (Susan) and iPhone 6 Plus (Bob) with LifeProof nuud waterproof case (8-9 oz.)

  Suntastics sCharger-5 Portable Solar Charger (8.5 oz.)

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New Trent Powerpak 11.0 11000mAh Battery Powerpack (8.2 oz.)

Delorme inReach Explorer GPS/satellite comm. (6.7 oz.)


LiteMax Titanium Stove

Snow Peak Lightmax Titanium Stove (2.4 oz.)


Evernew 1.3 liter Ultralight Pot (4.6 oz.)

Other stuff

Hiking sticks - Locus Gear CP3 (4 oz. each)

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 Swarovski CL 10 X 25 Binoculars (12.5 oz.)

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting to see what you selected for gear. I loved reading Cheryl Strayed 'Wild' and chuckled about her backpack selections.