Here’s What I’m Carrying as My Trek Begins

Today’s the day. In a few minutes I will be walking out the door of my Amicalola Lodge hotel room and walking into the wilderness with my two hiking partners, Julia and Allie. Here’s what I have on my back.


Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Windrider 55L (34.82 oz.)

Sleep System

Tent: REI Quarter Dome SL 1 (37 oz.)

Quilt: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10 degee quilt (22.60 oz.)

Sleeping pad/pillow: Thermarest NeoAir XLite (12 oz.); Trekology; Ultralight Inflatable pillow (2.8 oz.)

Sleep clothes: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings (7 oz.); Patagonia Capilene thermal crew (4.3 oz.); Under Armour underwear (.75 oz.); Smartwool PHD socks (2 oz.); REI lightweight roll top dry sack 15L (3.3 oz.)


Worn Hiking

Altra Timp 1.5

Under Armour T-shirt

Nike Pro capri

Icebreaker Siren Merino wool bra

Under Armour underwear

Smartwool PHD socks



Midlayer: Patagonia R1 fleece pullover (9.7 oz.)

Puffy: Patagonia Micro Puff jacket (7.3 oz.)

Rain gear: Outdoor Research Helium Traveler and Mountain Hardwear Exponent Pants (14.8 oz.)

Extra T-shirt: Under Armour T-shirt (3 oz.)

REI beanie

Seirus gloves

Sea to Summit lightweight dry sack 4L (1.7 oz.)



Bear bag system: Sea to Summit lightweight dry sack 13L and 50 ft PMI 3mm cord (6.5 oz.)

Spork: Sea to Summit Alpha Lite spork (.3 oz.)

Pot: Snow Peak with Hot Lips (3 oz.)

Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket (2.6 oz.)

Sawyer Squeeze (3 oz.)

Bic lighter (.7 oz.)

First Aid

Liberty Mountain tick key (.2 oz.)

Coghlan’s four function whistle (1 oz.)

Sawyer Picardin bug spray (3 oz.)

First aid kit stored in LokSak


REI multi towel light (1 oz.)

Toiletries stored in a LokSak

Luxury Items


iPhone with slim Otter Box case

Apple headphones

Anker power

Two charging bricks, Apple cord, and Anker cord


Therm-a-Rest Z-seat pad (2 oz.)

Black Diamond Spot with batteries (3 oz.)

Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles

Feature image courtesy of Jack Paulk

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