OK, the Requisite Gear List.

We Penguinos have a base weight of 11 lbs. Yes, I know the PCT and AT included sleeping gear and shelter in the base weight. They will laugh at our base weight, but we are not reoutfitting with the latest and lightest.

My trusty Osprey Manata which I used on the 2019 Hadrian’s Wall trip, same for the REI rain gear. You will note gloves and mittens, I suffer from Reynauld’s Syndrome.  If it’s below 50F, my fingers go white like I have frost bite.  Side effect of my cancer treatments.

Then there are layers, spare clothes in case our bags don’t make it to the next stop.

Trash bags for bivvy events. And for stays where there are bed bugs.

First aid kit, tweaked because I was an EMT in younger days, poop kit (I don’t want to be known as “The Incident II“)

Ellewin hat with neck and face protections. Folds up nicely so you can stick in a pocket.

A new pair of Altra Olympus 6 with inserts, a pair of Keene sandals when beach walking.

Sun gloves, arm and leggings. I have melanoma, so the sun is not my friend to exposed skin.
Spare glasses

Carrying two liters in a hydration bag and a small Owala for hydration drink mix.

And my loyal Black Diamond carbon fiber trekking poles, that are adjustable as the terrain demands.

Of and dice, can’t leave out the dice.

The transferred luggage has inflatable pillow, so I get a good night’s sleep, silk rectangular bed liner if case we detect bed bugs.  A collared shirt when dining out in places that the other pilgrims don’t visit.

Two months of meds, that weighs two pounds alone. Plus the ToastedCBD for muscle aches.

Geopress to filter water each morning at the hotel. And for the travel on the plane. I have drunk directly from many dubious water sources, but these days I need to be super careful. I’m running on partial kidneys; I need to keep them healthy.

We play 10,000 wherever we go, there are many rule variations, we have our own list.

But if you can get the die to stand on a point, you win the game no matter the score. As below which occurred on a Maine AMC trip last July.


Affiliate Disclosure

This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!

To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.

What Do You Think?