30 or Bust!

CT Gear—Lighter

30 lbs is my new limit, including backpack. Forty is too much. Got a new, lighter (for me) pack: Women’s Redwing 50 Backpack. Ditched the second loaded Nalgene water bottle and got a lighter bear bag. Only things changed are pack, number of water bottles, bear bag, and will carry small pocket knife.


Inoculations: rabies, tetanus, Japanese encephalitis, COVID-19, flu, shingles, Pneumococcal vaccine.

Stove: MSR PocketRocket, case, and one fuel. One spork, box matches, Snow Peak  800  titanium cup and lid.

Hiking poles: Black Diamond 120 cm Distance Carbon FLZ.

First aid: In baggie: band-aids, Red Cross certification, antibiotic ointment, blister bandages, regular bandages, diamox for altitude, cold sore meds, anti-diarrhea agents, antibiotics, tweezers, ibuprofen, aspirin.

Tent: Nemo 1 person Hornet with footprint from REI. Poles and extra parts.

Pack:   Kelty Redwing 50L, Glow in dark zipper pulls.

Sunscreen: lip and face; small umbrella.

Extra clothes:  t-shirt, shorts. sox. pr underpants; one bra.

Seeing: Sun, regular, and reading glasses. Extra screws and pieces. Special screwdriver for those pesky tiny screws.

Water: Sawyer brand small purification system, one 2L internal Gregory water bladder, two filtering bags, one water “scoop”; emergency water sanitation pills.  One Nalgene water bottle, one water tube, two mouthpieces with magnets.

Sleeping: REI magma W down zippered bag with stuff sack, Thermo-light pad.

Stuff sacks: Four. One large, one medium, two small. Different colors.

Clothes: One Smartwool balaclava, one alpaca beanie, one brimmed hat, one pair silk underwear and gloves; wool and silk socks, one t-shirt; one pair long, deep-pocketed zippered pants; one alpaca hoodie, one neck pipe, rubber sandals, matches, compass, anti-bug ointment, bear bag, zippered Smartwool shirt; fleece vest, rain pants; hoodie, Dirty Girl gaiters, bandana. Exofifcio underwear. Everything grey or black.

Fanny Pack:  worn on front. Use the Hyperlite Versa, it’s water-resistant and offers extra pockets, diaper pins as zipper pulls.

Jacket(s) one  Gore-Tex snap up, high collared hooded raincoat with zippered “pit zips”; one pair thick gloves; one down jacket with hood.

Light: One Black Diamond headlamp

Potty: Deuce of Spades Trowel, T.P. hand sanitizer, a few Wet Wipes, doggie poop bags, rubber bands, surgical gloves.

Stuff: toothpaste, brush, floss, detergent leaves,  small scissors; thread, needle, maps, technology re-charging, items, two different credit cards, various size baggies, small tube glue, plastic trash bag, small interchangeable flat head and Phillips screwdriver, tenacious tape, two carabiners, laminated proof of inoculations; two face masks, small pad post-it notes, flip notebook, hiker’s pen, multi-tool pocket knife, nail clippers, surgical gloves.


I plan to wear my socks, shoes REI, Salmon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX hiking boots- W

silk underwear, hat, pants, jacket, vest, Smartwool zippered long sleeve shirt alpaca hoodie. Carry small-denomination cash, credit cards, glasses, i-phone, neck pipe, pocket knife.

I also will charge all electronics, carry a small Olympus camera, extra media, charged batteries, and charging devices. Maybe my Kindle.

Money: small-denotation bills; two different credit cards, color-copied driver’s license, blood type, SSN, emergency contact data;  insurance cards. All placed in sealed plastic baggie.

Food: Everything cooked, dehydrated, portioned out in sealed bags: pastas, fruit, noodles, rice, dried cheese, tofu, dried creamer; plain tuna, nuts, chocolate nut butters, dried cranberries, raisins, bone broth packets, instant coffee, salt, pepper. Lots of coffee.




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