Beginning Gear List for February Start
I feel gear is such an individual thing and each person needs to find what works for them and not just what everyone else is using. As you read a gear list use it as a way to get new ideas. Them find what works best for you.
The Big Three
Coleman Max with Tyvek footprint: 5 pounds
Sleep system: 4 pounds, 6 ounces
Osprey Aura 50L: 4 pounds
In the beginning my sleep system will have some extra items in it because I am starting NOBO early in the season and some of these I will send home as the weather changes. The above weight for the sleep system includes: Marmot Sawtooth water-resistant down sleeping bag, Sea to Summit silk sleeping bag liner, throw size down blanket from Costco.
Cookset: 2 pounds
Water filter: 5 ounces
Firestarter: 14 ounces
Wipe: 6 ounces,
First aid kit: 11 ounces
Winter accessories: 1 pound, 15 ounces
Clothes: 3 pounds, 7 ounces
Miscellaneous: 2 pounds, 4 ounces
Total: 25 pounds, 5 ounces
My cookset is a pot and and bowl by Primus, plastic collapsible mug from Walmart, and folding spork by MSR. My water filtration includes both a Sawyer mini and a Sawyer squeeze; I have not completely settled on which one to take.
Firestarter is a luxury item for me. I love a campfire and hope to build one as often as possible. Always within Leave No Trace and local burn regulations, of course. Winter accessories are Microspikes, gloves and gaiters.
The weight of the clothes includes both my hiking clothes and my sleep clothes. Both a short sleeve (my shirt from the Ultimate Hike event) and a long sleeve synthetic shirt from Walmart, a pair of REI brand water-resistant pants, three pair of wool socks (Smartwool and Darn Tough), Midweight Icebreaker base layer bottoms and lightweight Smartwool base layer top.
Some of these items will not be in my pack as my husband is making this journey with me and we will be sharing the weight of shared gear. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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