My Most Valuable Possessions for the Trail

In case anyone’s interested, here’s what I’m attempting to start off with:

REI Quarter Dome 1

Pack: MEC Spirit 40, as well as an Eddie Bauer day pack for my front (forever snacking)

Sleeping bag: REI CO-OP Joule 30 F

Sleeping pad: Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite

Footwear: Hiking – Keen Waterproof  Hiking Boots / Camp shoes – Sketchers Goga Max

Clothes: Free-Country shorts, Eddie Bauer hiking pants, a Reebok blue long-sleeve, a purple Legend T-shirt, a New Balance black tank, Patagonia blue fleece, a green Eddie Bauer vest, and three Buffs. I miss my closet already.

Rain jacket: MEC Recco purple jacket (hopefully waterproof)

Socks: Three pairs – Ascent, Darn Tough, and Stance

Underneath: Three pairs of LaSenza underwear (prob a rookie mistake) and one mystery sports bra because I’ve worn the label off

Hat: Columbia Omni-Freeze ball cap

Stuff sacks: Four total – one waterproof, three that are super thin and flimsy because that’s all I could find in my house

Kitchen: MSR Pocket Rocket, MSR Ultralight Titanium Kettle, Sea to Summit long handle spoon, a Second Cup plastic thing for coffee and whatever plus two lighters.

Water: Two Smartwater bottles and a Sawyer Mini with a gravity filtration system

Toiletries: A pretty empty deodorant stick and a small tube each of shampoo and conditioner, a couple hair elastics, and Kleenex Wet Wipes

Sunscreen: Sawyer Stay Put sunscreen lotion

Insect repellent: Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion and Premium Maxi Deet Spray

Headlamp: A woods headlamp for when I get completely lost in the dark

Luxuries/comfort: A pillow, an Anker for charging, and an OtterBox for my Samsung phone

Misc: A bear flare (because my mom insisted) and a couple of Band-Aids, some rope (actually supposed to be a clothesline, I think) a pair of headphones, and orange scooper everyone seems to have, a High Sierra pack cover I took off an old bag which I know isn’t even waterproof but I don’t have an alternative – awesome, and finally, a garbage bag

Base weight: 18 pounds


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Comments 9

  • Raven : Jun 28th

    Have so much fun! Quinnie is excited to listen to your tales of adventure! ❤️❤️

  • Scott Brotherton : Jun 28th

    You are doing well ! After I saw the picture I thought your base weight would be much higher….Best of luck and good fortune on your journey !

  • Hashim Yusop : Jun 28th

    Good luck and one day we will be together for hiking in Malaysia…

  • Tim : Jun 28th

    have fun and be safe looking forward to hearing about your adventure. I did not notice a knife or firestarter and emergency bivy/blanket

  • Ruby Lane : Jun 30th

    Congrats on the decision to go for it!! Just gotta say your bio made me laugh about job. That’s one reason I’ve been a hike as well. Only difference is I’m 45 and broke and trying to figure out life (again).
    Good luck!!

    • Jenni Thompson : Jul 19th

      Ha that’s awesome you’re out there too! Happy hiking 🙂

  • john front desk guy : Jul 11th

    hey Jenni, let me know if you need anything, ill bring it too u

    • Jenni Thompson : Jul 19th

      Somehow I haven’t come across anything I need ha, amazing right? Thanks though!

  • TicTac : Aug 5th

    I’ve already read that your pack was Poetized at Shaws, seeing this photo I can see what he faced. Yeah, I’m reading this post last. I love how you don’t pull any punches in describing your days, keep up the spirit and you must be dealing with Vermud pretty darned soon… Don’t fall in the mud!


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