My Gear + Food

These are the items I use daily on the trail. I’m 51 days in now and can pretty confidently say that I feel comfortable carrying each one of these items.

My Pack – Osprey Aura 50 ag
I removed the brain of the pack recently. I feel like this helps cut pack on unnecessary weight. There is a small hole in the front mesh stuff pocket from a mouse trying to get my trash. The shoulder straps irritate my shoulders at times but overall, great pack.

My Tent – REI half dome 

Love this tent. I like being able to lay out all my gear inside, especially when it’s raining. It’s pretty cozy with two people plus Stretch. When I have visitors, our packs sit under the rain fly.

Ground cloth – Tyvek

Seems to keep the bottom of the tent dryer and weighs basically nothing.

Air Pad – Nemo Tensor

Super comfy and rolls up small.

Sleeping Bag – REI Radiant
It keeps me warm and was on sale when I bought it.

Trekking Poles – Kelty

They’re fine. Maybe a little heavy but they get the job done.

Stove – MSR stove

It’s a good small stove.

Pot – Stanley

Dog Harness and Leash – Ruffwear

I’m actually using a different harness now. The Ruffwear harness was rubbing his under arms raw.

Other items – Mushers Secret Paw Balm, Sunblock, Contact Solution, Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Wipes, Headlamp, Pepper Spray, Spoon, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Ibuprofen, Bandana, and Grandpa’s cup and hat

This is about 4/5 days of food. I don’t usually eat lunch. I snack throughout the day while walking. On a normal day I’ll eat –

Breakfast – Clif bar covered in peanut butter

Snack – Handfuls of trail mix, handfuls of gummy-bears, beef jerky, a snickers bar, a couple slim jims

Dinner – rice and beans pasta side and another snickers bar (last night I had two snickers bars)

I had a couple people ask me about my gear so I hope that helps! Thanks for reading. And if you have questions, let me know!

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Comments 3

  • Kerry : Jun 2nd

    I could go for some gummy bears right about now.

    Awesome, Anna! It’s interesting to see what you use!

  • Jess : Jun 5th

    This was really cool to see laid out!

    It’s neat to hear what’s changed too, as you learn what you do and do not need.

  • Cheryl Lee : Jun 6th

    Love following you here!! Thanks so much and keep up the trek!!!


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