One Week Out – Colorado Trail Gear List

I’ll admit, I turned into a real gear nerd this time around. I was not this detailed with my gear list on the AT, but the deeper I dive into the backpacking world, the more detailed and precise I want to be with my gear!

I upgraded almost everything this year, which has definitely been an expensive choice, but I’m hoping the lighter weight will help my knees and make the overall hike a better, more enjoyable, (maybe even faster) experience!

I’ve had a lot of fun over the past few months dialing in this list and figuring out what I want to carry! Ask anyone I’m close to, and they will say that gear shopping and planning is my favorite pastime activity. For some reason, it’s the thing I get most excited about when preparing for a new adventure (other than the hiking part itself of course). After all, if you’re going to be living out of a backpack, you should probably love the gear you’ll be taking along with you!

My hope is that this list may help some of you that are planning your own hike and need some gear recommendations, or simply entertain your thoughts for those who are just curious about what a thru-hiker carries 🙂

Without further ado, here is my gear list for the Colorado Trail!



Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest (2.02 lb)



Zpacks Duplex (1 lb 3 oz)

Zpacks tent stakes (2.8 oz)

TOTAL (1.36 lb)


Sleep System

Hammock Gear Economy Burrow quilt (1 lb 6 oz)

Hammock Gear quilt cords (0.9 oz)

Big Agnes AXL Air sleeping pad (9.6 oz)

TOTAL (2.24 lb)



MSR PocketRocket 2 stove (2.6 oz)

Toaks titanium 450 ml pot (2.5 oz)

Toaks long-handled spoon (0.4 oz)

Zpacks bear bagging kit / food bag, rock sack, cord (3.3 oz)

Sawyer Squeeze water filter (2.5 oz)

Smart Water bottles 1L x3 (4 oz)

Lighter and bandana (1.2 oz)

TOTAL (1.03 lb)


Clothing Worn

Beyond Yoga cropped tank top (3.2 oz)

Nike Pro sports bra (2.3 oz)

Patagonia Baggies 5″ shorts (4.8 oz)

Nike Pro spandex shorts (2.4 0z)

REI Repreve Active 1/4 socks (1.6 oz)

Patagonia Trad Cap (3 oz)

Buff (1.2 oz)

Altra Lone Peak 5s (18 oz)

TOTAL (2.21 lb)


Clothing Packed

Rab Force LS base layer top (3 oz)

Nike Pro leggings base layer bottom (4 oz)

Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light mini socks (1.6 oz)

LightHeart Gear micro-grid fleece (8.6 oz)

REI Rainier rain jacket (10 oz)

Columbia Silver Ridge Lite long sleeve sun shirt (5.4 oz)

TOTAL (2.11 lb)



iPhone 12 Pro max with case (9 oz)

Garmin inReach Mini (4 oz)

Canon Powershot ELPH 190 IS (4.8 oz)

Black Diamond Astro 250 headlamp (3 oz)

Zendure X5 15,000 power bank (11 oz)

Anker Powercore 5,000 (4.6 oz)

Anker 60W wall charger + all charging cords (6.8 oz)

3 extra AAA batteries (1.2 oz)

TOTAL (2.48 lb)


Fanny Pack

Cotopaxi Bataan 3L fanny pack (4 oz)

JOBY GorillaPod mini tripod (2.5 oz)

Apple earbuds (0.4 oz)

KA-BAR Jarosz Rambler Skeleton knife (1.7 oz)

Pepper spray (1.4 oz)

Sunglasses (0.8 oz)

Chapstick (0.3 oz)

Hand sanitizer (1.2 oz)

TOTAL (0.77 lb)


Miscellaneous Items

Black Diamond trekking poles (16 oz)

Rawlogy ball size medium (1.5 oz)

Journal w/ pen (3.6 oz)

Bug spray (4.5 oz)

Bug net (0.5 oz)

Sunscreen (2.8 oz)

Pee rag bandana (0.6 oz)

TOTAL (1.84 lb)


Toiletry Kit

Toothbrush w/ toothpaste

Chafe cream

Trek towel


Mini hairbrush

Ziplock baggies

Toilet paper




First Aid Kit

Antibiotic ointment

Mini antiseptic towelettes







Safety pin

Mini tweezers

Extra O ring for water filter



My Lighterpack List

Base Weight = 13.14 lb

(Will most likely change a tad bit throughout my hike!)













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Comments 3

  • Gage : Jul 2nd

    So proud of you for putting it all together!!! It’s so neat and efficient! You’re gonna have so much fun 🙂

    I love youuuu <3

  • Paul : Jul 1st

    So how did the gear perform? Were you warm enough? I’m doing the Colorado trail, and am trying to figure out my sleeping system.


  • Matthew : Aug 14th

    Seriously interested to know if just a fleece and Baselayer is sufficient for CT ? Pretty nice if that worked out for you !!!


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