Backpacking the Pemigewasset Loop 2019

Our gear for spring backpacking in Lincoln, NH.

June 1-3, 2019

This hike is a 31.5 miles, like wicked hard, straight up, and the elevation gain is unreal. OK, sure, sounds inviting enough so we packed our bags and left the car in the parking lot for a very good reason. The Pemi Loop passes through interconnecting historic trails in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, forming a loop most popularly completed clockwise. We are planning on doing this backpacking loop in three days, two nights.  

When I look at this packing list, I think, “Damn, I am so overpacking.”  I look at other packing lists and mine seems so LONG. Maybe I’m just being super detailed, per always?  I need a pack shakedown before I even start, guys! So, hopefully this is my draft of what will come?



Kayla and Connor

At the beginning of the hike we were wearing:

Kayla: Leggings, short sleeve, flannel, hiking boots, Buff headband.

Connor: Pants, short sleeve, flannel, hiking boots, baseball cap.

Packing List

  1. Backpacks: Osprey Aura AG 65L and Mountainsmith Lookout 60L
  2. Pack rain covers (1 each)
  3. Trekking Poles (1 pair each)
  4. Sleeping Bags (1 each)
  5. Sleeping Pads (1 each)
  6. Tent (REI Half Dome 2 Plus)
  7. Tarp (To hang out at camp)
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Tylenol
  10. EpiPen
  11. Inhaler
  12. Prilosec and Mirapex
  13. Knife
  14. Multitool
  15. Headlamp (1 each)
  16. Flashlight
  17. Camp Lantern
  18. Bear canister
  19. Jetboil Stove
  20. Propane
  21. Cooking Pot
  22. Waterproof matches
  23. Lighter (1 each)
  24. Spork (1 each)
  25. Coffee Filter
  26. Sawyer Mini squeeze water filter
  27. Nalgene
  28. Smart water bottle (1 each)
  29. Yeti Mugs
  30. Journal
  31. 2 Pens
  32. Map
  33. Compass
  34. Whistle/thermometer combination
  35. Battery for electronics
  36. Chargers
  37. Poop bags: Quart size freezer bag (Duct tape around the bag so that it’s not see through)
  38. Trowel
  39. Baby wipes
  40. Hand sanitizer
  41. Toothbrush
  42. Toothpaste
  43. Trash “Pack it out” bag
  44. Bug spray
  45. Go-Pro
  46. Sunglasses


  • Rain jacket (1 each)
  • Puff jacket (Kay)
  • Patagonia (Connor)
  • Pajama pants (1 each)
  • Long sleeve sleep shirt (1 each)
  • Long sleeve hiking shirt (1 each)
  • Hiking pants for rain (Kay)
  • Underwear (1 each)
  • Sleeping socks (1 each)
  • Extra hiking socks
  • Camp shoes
  • Baseball cap (1 each)
  • Beanie (1 each)
  • Gloves


  • 6 Fig Newton Bars
  • 6 bags of assorted chips (Or 2 big ones)
  • 4 packs of assorted oatmeal
  • 2 poptarts
  • 6 Mission soft tortilla
  • 4 Dehydrated dinners
  • 1 instant pasta (backup)
  • 3 Snickers bar (Kay)
  • 3 power bars (Connor)
  • 3 Cliff bars
  • 2 Tuna pouch
  • 4 packets of mayo
  • 2 packets mustard
  • Pepper packets
  • 1 bag of dried broccoli
  • 1 bag nut free M&M’s
  • 1 sleeve Nuun hydration
  • Coffee
  • 2 hot chocolate packets
  • Sugar packets
  • 2 string cheese
  • 2 sausages
  • 2 nut free chocolate bars


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Comments 3

  • Eduardo Gil : Jan 2nd

    Can it be done with a hammock system?

    • Kayla P : Jan 2nd

      Yes it can! You can only stay in the designated camp platforms that the AMC runs and there are plenty of places they set out for hammock backpackers.

      • Mitch : Aug 14th

        There are MANY, MANY other places you can stay. MANY.


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