My Colorado Trail Gear List: The September Edition

Zach Davis's Gear List

Total Warm Weather Cold Weather
Name Description For Weather Weight (oz) Clothing Worn


Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Tent Tent both 37 Packed
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Footprint footprint both 5.00 Packed

Sleep System

Brooks Range Drift 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Sleeping Bag warm 23 Packed
Feathered Friends Lark UL 10 Sleeping Bag cold 32.00 Packed
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Sleeping Pad warm 12.00 Packed
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Sleeping Pad cold 15.00 Packed


Gossamer Gear Mariposa Pack both 29.1 Packed


Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Socks - Men's Hiking socks both 2.6 Worn
Ibex Pulse Short Shorts warm 7 Worn
Icebreaker Oasis Long Underwear Leggings - Men's Leggings cold 11.4 Packed
Patagonia R1 Hooded Fleece Pullover - 1/2-Zip - Men's Mid layer both 7.20 Worn
SmartWool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock Camp Socks both 2.50 Packed
Icebreaker Apex 260 Glove Liner Glove Liner both 1.60 Packed
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket - Men's Insulating Layer cold 8.00 Packed
Patagonia Men's Merino Lightweight T-Shirt Base layer t-shirt both 4.00 Worn
Sierra Designs Silicone Trail Pant - Men's Hiking pants cold 13.80 Worn
Altra Olympus 1.5 Trail-Running Shoes - Men's Trail Runners warm 12.20 Worn
Altra Lone Peak 2 Polartec Neoshell Trail-Running Shoes - Men's Trail Runner cold 24.00 Worn
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket - Men's Rain Jacket both 11.85 Packed
Beanie Beanie cold 3.50 Packed
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxers - Men's Ooonda pants both 3.00 Worn
REI Boxer Briefs - Men's Ooonda pants (camp) both 3.00 Packed


Jetboil Flash Lite Cooking System Stove both 11.00 Packed
Jetboil Canister Fuel Canister both 4.00 Packed
Bic Lighter Lighter both 1.00 Packed
MSR Folding Spoon Spoon both 0.35 Packed


Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp Headlamp both 2 Packed
Leki Corklite Trekking Poles - Pair Trekking Poles both 19.10 Worn

Hygiene / First Aid / Survival

Dr. Bronner's Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz. Soap both 5 Packed
Aurelle TOOB Brush Tooth brush + toothpaste both 2 Packed
Kiss My Face Face Factor SPF 50 Sunscreen - 2 fl. oz. Sunscreen SPF 50 both 2 Packed
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter Plus Water Filter both 3 Packed
CamelBak Antidote Reservoir - 100 fl. oz. Hydration bladder both 6.50 Packed
Vaseline Vaseline both 2.00 Packed
TP TP both 1.00 Packed

Luxury options

Garmin Fenix 3 GPS Watch GPS Watch both 2.90 Worn
Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Portable Power Device Portable Charger both 7.70 Packed
iPhone iPhone both 8.00 Packed
Total Pack Weight: 21.64lbs Minus Worn Items: 15.66 lbs

In a hot minute, I will be taking on a 315-mile section of the Colorado Trail, from Durango to Leadville.  This will put me just a few miles shy of completing the entire trail this year (I will still be missing segments 3-4).  For those who are interested, here are a couple of the trail reports (1, 2) from earlier segments (and many more still to be written).

What’s particularly exciting about this upcoming section:

  1. September is notoriously hit or miss when it comes to weather- and by this, I mean snow.  Much of the first segment (we’re heading NOBO) will be at or above 12,000 feet.  So long, summer backpacking, it was nice to know ye.  Don’t be concerned for my safety, I’m bring proper winter supplies- (i.e. a viking).
  2. September is also peak Aspen changing season.
Alpenglow with Aspens

Lots of this.

In case you’re curious what will be coming with me on this trek, where temperatures will routinely reach below freezing, I have included my gear list at the top of this post.  Note: select “Cold Weather” list, the warm weather options don’t apply here. 

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Comments 1

  • George Turner : Sep 10th

    I’m planning to hike the Colorado Trail in 2017. Looking forward to hearing about your hike!


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