My Life in 60 Liters

If you’re anything like me, a Virgo, INFJ, and Type 9, then lists and numbers and charts make you feel warm and cozy, like sitting by the fire.  Numbers are comfortable.  They’re solid.  Most of all, they’re honest.

I’ve spent so much time the past several months researching gear for my thru-hike of the Colorado Trail (CT).  I’ve been listening to the biggest names on YouTube and hours of Backpacker Radio; I’ve learned a lot and racked up what should be a decent REI dividend.  Now that Denver is under a blanket of snow with no signs of summer days, it’s time for me to take a step back and breathe and leave the spreadsheets alone.

My NEMO on i’s maiden voyage in Bishop, California.

The Big Four

  1. Pack – Granite Gear Vapor Trail
  2. Tent – NEMO Hornet 2P
  3. Sleeping Bag – REI Magma 15 Bag in a Sea to Summit 14L eVent compression/dry bag
  4. Sleeping Pad – Sea to Summit UL Insulated Women’s Regular R 3.8


  1. GSI Halulite Minimalist II Set – Pot, sleeve, lid, foon and pot gripper
  2. MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe
  3. Sawyer Squeeze
  4. Lifewater bottles x3
  5. Sea to Summit Collapsible Cup
  6. Opinel No. 6
  7. BIC Lighter


  1. iPhone XR
  2. iPhone headphones
  3. iPhone charging chord & cube
  4. GoPro Hero 4
  5. GoPro charging cable
  6. RAVPower PD Pioneer 10,000 mAh
  7. Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
  8. Extra Batteries
  9. Stored in an Eagle Creek XS Pack-It Specter Tech Cube (I’ll be switching to something waterproof)



  1. Salomon X Mission 3
  2. Darn Tough Hiking Quarter Socks
  3. Marika Sports Bra
  4. ExOfficio Underwear
  5. Patagonia Baggies
  6. Fabletics Cashel Top


  1. The Trek x Patagonia Midweight Capilene Baselayer (sleep)
  2. Fabletics Mid Rise Cold Weather Legging (sleep)
  3. Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks (sleep)
  4. ExOfficio Underwear
  5. Buff
  6. Parks Project Beanie
  7. Fabletics High Waisted Pocket Legging (might switch back to my REI Screeline Pants)
  8. Melanzana
  9. REI Puffy
  10. Marmot Rain Jacket
  11. Crocs
  12. Stored in a Sea to Summit 4L dry bag


  1. Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles
  2. Therm-a-Rest ZSeat
  3. First Aid : 1 oz soap, sani, sunscreen, cortisone (my mosquito bites swell and itch real bad), kt tape, Neosporin, wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, Excedrin, band aids in a Ziploc
  4. The Deuce Trowel #2
  5. Glasses case
  6. Big Agnes Axl Pillow
  7. Fox Kulacloth


All packed up.


This is absolutely a living list.  For now, I’m focusing on powder days in the Rockies and how to break it to work that I’m leaving.  If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them.  For weight, my LighterPack link is here.

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Comments 2

  • Walter Lotocky : Dec 12th

    Hey Taryn,
    I’m also planning on thru-hiking the Colorado Trail in 2020. I’m a high school teacher, in Florida, and have to wait until school lets out. I will be starting in Denver around June 23-25, 2020.
    Maybe I’ll run into you on the trail. Good luck.
    My trail name is Frosty.

    • Taryn Wem : Dec 13th

      Hi Frosty! Best of luck in your planning before heading out this way. I hope the end of the school year comes quickly for you!


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