What’s in Your Pack?

Who asked that? Well, nobody. Yet I feel it necessary to make my obligatory gear list post before we start hiking tomorrow. I’ve categorized the gear and given the weights for each category. A little explanation has been provided for those items and categories that I feel deserve a little explanation.

My base weight comes out to 12.5 lbs which I am pretty pleased with. This includes everything listed below, without calculating in food and water weight. If you have any questions about my gear or anything on the matter, leave a comment or send me a message!

All laid out!


Polyester long sleeve hiking top and running shorts (both bought at Goodwill), Darn Tough socks, Altra Superior trail runners

Pretty straight forward here, will be using any combination of my visor/buff/bandana/umbrella to hide from the sun during the hot and exposed sections.

Big Four (93oz/5.8lbs)

Waymark Gear Company Thru 50L (32oz), Nemo Hornet 1P (30oz), Nemo Tensor torso length (9oz w/ patch kit), Therm-a-Rest z-lite (4 panels/4oz), Enlightened Equipment Enigma 20 degree quilt (18oz)

I am an ambassador for Waymark Gear Co, which is a cottage company out of Salt Lake City, UT specializing in frameless, lightweight backpacks.  Happy with the size and comfort so far, looking forward to seeing how it holds up throughout the course of those hike. Will be using a trash compactor bag as a liner and 4 panels of a z-lite for back support during the day and padding/insulation in the foot box of my quilt at night. Have not used the quilt yet but dig it as of now because of its light weight and temperature rating.

Clothes (48oz/3lbs)

Darn Tough socks, Patagonia midweight long underwear, Smartwool midweight long sleeve, Frogg Toggs rain suit, Montbell UL Thermawrap jacket, buff, visor, bandana, Montbell long tail umbrella

I heart Darn Tough socks.  The smartwool midweight later may be a little too warm/heavy but I tend to run cold. Do not have the Montbell jacket as of now, it’s being delivered. I washed my old puffy recently and it’s clear that the puffiness is minimal at this point so I decided it was time to retire it. Interested to see how long the frogg togg rain suit will hold up, seems a bit fragile.

Ditty bag (14oz/0.875lbs)

TP, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, multivitamins, ibuprofen, benadryl, imodium, spare washer (for Sawyer filter), spare cap, nail clippers, chapstick, two hair ties, bandaids, neosporin, lighter

Electronics (18.5oz/1.15lbs)

RavPower battery pack and charging cord, dual wall charger w/ quick charge, iPhone 6s w/ LifeProof case and charging cord, headphones, headlamp, 6AAA batteries, watch

Everything Else (27oz/1.65lbs)

Deuce of Spades trowel, two smart water bottles, two liter water bladder, Sawyer Squeeze, cold soak container, Toaks aluminum long spoon, pipe, two small jars of marijuana, inflatable pillow, journal, pen, mini meditation book, glasses case

Trowel and cold soaking are both new to me. Glad to drop weight of a stove and fuel, especially when it’s 80+ in the desert. Trowel is for digging holes for my poo and it weighs very little. May do away with the inflatable pillow which is just an empty 3L wine bladder. I wear contacts but will be sticking to glasses for the trail and have some tinted lenses that slip over the frames. Too dirty to be sticking my fingers in my eyes.

All packed up!

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