Badger’s Wind River High Route Gear List
Next week, Jabba, Lt. Cookoo, and I will be attempting to hike Andrew Skurka’s Wind River High Route. I say attempt because I learned on the Pfiffner Traverse that not only is “failure” an option, sometimes it’s the smart choice.
We’re hoping to complete the full ~100 miles in 7 days. We’ll see.
Here’s all my stuff.
The stuff that carries the stuff
“That looks like a garbage bag spilling out of a backpack,” you say. Well, it’s a garbage bag spilling out of a Gossamer Gear Gorilla (which is a backpack).
Also not pictured is the GG Shoulder Strap Pocket Velcrowed to my strap.
Since other parts of my gear are going to be weightier than I’d like (see: Serious Mountain Shit Section), I’m opting for my lightest tent, my PCT companion, my ZPacks Solplex (15.5 oz). I used this for the full duration of the PCT, it’s still in great shape, and it doesn’t smell like microwaved swamp, which came as a great surprise when I took it out for the first time in nearly two years today. My tent has been treated with permethrin.
Trekking poles: Leki Carbon Ti (7.4 oz)
The don’t die overnight stuff
The Katabatic Alsek 22 (22 oz) is probably overkill given the forecasted lows, but I’m willing to carry a few extra ounces to ensure good sleep as this route will most definitely kick my ass, and restful Z’s are my only chance of going the distance. Also bringing the full length Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite (12 oz), because the short sleeping pad life is for serial killers.
Clothes off my body most of the time
Going with the Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Half Zip Hood as a long sleeve base layer (which I treat as a mid-layer) and Montbell’s Plasma 1000 Alpine Down Parka (8.4 oz) for my puffy. Toying with the idea of swapping this out for the Montbell Plasma Vest (3.1 oz) instead, since my quilt will be plenty warm. Tell me what to do Magic 8 Ball. (Signs point to you’re pathetic)
Bringing two extra pairs of Darn Tough Hiker Quarter Cushion Socks. I’ll pretend like I’m dedicating one of these pairs for camp.
To cover my meat vehicle
The Wind River Range’s mosquitoes terrify me. For this reason, I will be rocking Exofficio’s Bugsaway Halo Check Long-Sleeve Shirt, emphasis on BugsAway. One may reason that I would also wear long pants treated with permethrin. That would be too consistent, as I will be wearing a pair of Nike running shorts (treated with Sawyer Permethrin) that I bought on the Oregon Coast Trail when I realized that my shorts weren’t drying because they were a cotton blend.
My potty quadrant will be wrapped in Saxx underwear because nothing is more comfortable, and for my feet, more Darn Tough Hiker Quarter Cushion Socks (also doused in permthrin). For the dome, an old Trek Trucker Hat that we stopped making sometime during the Carter Administration.
Not pictured: Altra Timp 1.5‘s.
The keep me dry / wind protected stuff
The holy grail of stuff
Did I mention that mosquitoes are my living nightmare?
I am bringing both Sawyer Picaridin Lotion Packets AND 100% DEET. The Picaridin is my Plan A. The DEET is my Plan “it’s this or I jump off a cliff”. I dislike DEET. I dislike mosquito clouds even more. I will also have my Sea to Summit Headnet with InsectShield (1.3 oz).
Some serious mountain shit
The second most terrifying animal in this region is the grizzly bear. Consequently- I’m bringing bear spray (11 oz). I hear that if you spray yourself with this before the grizzly attacks, it’ll ease you into the undeniable dumptruck of torture you’re about to endure. I’m also bringing an Ursack Major (7.6 oz) because being eaten alive by a bear is no way to start the day.
The Sawyer Micro Squeeze was included in this particular gear shot for no good reason. Once unboxed, it will be joining the rest of my stuff.
Electronics, Maps, and Stove
The maps are from Andrew Skurka’s Wind River High Route Guide (highly recommended).
The pot is Vargo’s Bot 700. I lourve the versatility for this vessel to act as a pot, cold soaking compartment (it’s a screw-top lid), and/or an extra water container. The stove is Snow Peak LiteMax Stove (1.9 oz).
This bag has some other stuff. Band aids, toothbrush, chapstick, toilet paper, supplements, and the rest.
According to my Gear List, it looks like my base weight is 11.1 lb. I’m sure I’m forgetting odds and ends so let’s say 13 lb and call it a day.
How’d I do? Email your grades here.
**In the next episode, Badger will delight you with a gorgeous array of photos from Central Western Wyoming.**
Disclosure: Many of the products in this post were donated for the purpose of testing. I’ve had most of this gear for years, so I can’t recall which were bought and which were supplied. Just assume that everything was given to me. Except for the garbage bag. That was all me.
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