Everything I Need and Nothing That I Don’t
Here is my final pack list for the CDT. I might have to add some winter gear for the San Juans and I might get rid of some pieces if I see fit. My base weight is 9.5 pounds. I was able to reduce my pack weight three pounds since the PCT. I have my gear list published in my blog as well, but here I go a little more in-depth about the gear and the details of each.
Waymark 40L Thru Pack – 24oz
This is my first time using a frameless pack and it is a custom pack at that. It has been comfortable the few times I have used it so far. There are already are a few things I wish I could change, but it’ll do just fine! I’ll be using a trash compactor bag for a pack liner to keep everything dry.
Zpacks Hexamid solo tent – 17oz
This is my first Cuben shelter and I am so excited to live in it. It is a fully enclosed shelter for 17oz including the groundsheet and stakes… can’t beat it. I will be carrying one leki trekking pole to erect the tent.
A bit of clear plastic to use as a groundsheet since the tent is only enclosed with bug netting.
The problem with these non-freestanding tents is that they require a lot of stakes.
EE Enigma Long 20° – 20oz
I ended up selling two older sleeping bags to purchase a new quilt. My other sleeping bags were not ideal for the CDT. This is my first Enlightened Equipment quilt and I am really excited to use it. I also go the long version so I can burrow down into it.
Thermarest NeoAir ¾ length – 10oz
I think this will be the third thru-hike for this pad. It used to belong to my mother. It might fall apart honesty, then I’m keen on trying a foam pad.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer – 8oz
Had to upgrade my Patagonia puffy that I’ve had for over five years. Went with the hooded version for use with my quilt. I have to be careful with it, it’s delicate.
OR Helium II rain jacket – 6oz
Used the same jacket on the PCT. It’s awesome.
Long sleeve shirt
Just a polyester shirt to sleep in.
Just simple REI long johns to sleep in or to use on colder days.
For the cold mornings, or can be used as a beer koozie.
Darn Tough socks
Classic. My favorite socks. I hike in a pair and sleep in another. If my hiking pair gets holes I switch the two.
Mountain Hardwear beanie
Used for everything!
Granite Gear 16L food bag
OpSak odor proof sack
I’m going to try to only use the OpSak for night time storage. The OpSak is basically a large heavy-duty ziplock. However they are too delicate to use all the time to store food.
I’m stoveless so this is my kitchen setup. The soak jar is an old veganaise container… yum…
Evernew 2L bladder
2-1L Plastic bottles
I’m a fan of the squeeze. I will buy bottles if I need more water capacity along the way. You can backwash the squeeze with the smartwater squirt top, so one of my bottles includes that.
Black Diamond Headlamp
I don’t know what model this is, I’ve had it for a while. Takes 3 AAA batteries.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, gear repair tape, small knife, nail clippers, lighter, bug head net, multivitamins, hand sanitizer, trowel, extra bottle cap
Small First Aid Kit
Vaseline, 4 Band-Aids, 2 safety pins, various meds, 2 alcohol pads, Epipen
LG G4 telephone
12000 mah RavPower Battery
This is my first time carrying a battery bank this size. I think it’ll change my phone 3ish times.
RavPower wall outlet and two cords
I can charge my battery and phone at the same time with this gadget. Also includes a quick charging port
Small sun umbrella for the desert section. These things come in handy when it’s midday and there’s no shade in sight. I might ditch this after the desert or I may keep it. These umbrellas are also super nice in rain storms.
This is everything that will be in my pack to start the trail. I hope to do another entry in the future and go into detail about the what I am wearing everyday. I would also like to do some more in-depth reviews along the way once I get some miles under my feet. If you have any questions about the gear feel free to ask! Also be sure to subscribe with your email address to get my trail updates right to your inbox!!
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