My 2018 PCT Gear!
I shall become a hermit crab for six months. I will carry my home on my back and endlessly scuttle northward stopping only to eat, sleep, and explore. Hermit crabs explore, right…? I digress…
So what will be in my little hermit shell? Let’s unpack!
Sleeping bag liner:
One of my few luxury items, because I’m one of those people who likes to drink their tea/hot cocoa while they eat their meal.
Backup water reservoirs:
So I’m not totally sold on which I will be taking. I probably would have frozen in Virginia without my Minus33 baselayers, but I know that the temperature on the PCT probably will never get THAT cold. I may switch in between the two, the Capilenes in the desert and Oregon, and the Minus33s in the Sierras and Washington. As previously stated, I AM AN ICICLE.
I may get the 6s to take better video. It depends on when I pay off the phone I have now. Also bringing a cheap waterproof case.
Travel size toothpaste, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, chapstick, floss, and lotion
First aid kit:
Odds ‘N’ Ends
I will also be carrying a trash compactor bag in my pack for double the rain protection!
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Thanks for all the good info. Very interesting AND well put together. Looking forward to any more postings you might, PLEASE, make. 🙂
I am with your strategy / warm and dry.
Great advice! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!
Well planned list. Hope it goes well. Was struck by your opening “I shall become a hermit crab for six months. I will carry my home on my back and endlessly scuttle northward stopping only to eat, sleep, and explore.” and its similarity to poem/ballad “And The Rain My Drink”, which was the inspiration for the title of the novel of the same name by Han Suyin.
I will go to the forest for justice,
For justice and righteousness,
And become a green-clad man.
The rulers pursue me with soldiers,
With riders, chariots and spears.
I will go to the forest for justice,
The people will flock to me.
I right their wrongs from the green shades,
And kill the rulers with arrows.
The horsemen stumble with fear.
I will go to the forest for justice.
The wind for my garment I wear.
Together with my many companions,
The wind for my garment and the rain my drink,
we build a new heaven and earth.
Of course, you will not be making a life or death commitment like this, although your resolution will be similar. Have a good trip.
Good luck with your hike. I’m planning to do the AT in 2018 but may wind up on the PCT. Never know. I just wanted to suggest the iPhone 6se or just SE as it is 5.4 ounces or something very light and has the good camera in it even though small. It uses the same StickPic that Goss Gear sells. And for spikes you might want to look at the Snowline Chainsen Trail model which are only 8 ounces, much lighter than the Microspikes but just as good. I just got some on Massdrop recently. They have a few models but the Trail model goes over trail runners. I got size large and I’m finding it a bit difficult to wrestle them over my size 10 women’s trail runners. Here’s a link in case they start another drop for these, but you can get them at a retail outlet probably: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/snowline-chainsen?utm_source=linkshare&referer=F5XZCZ . – Thanks for sharing your gear list and good luck.
Looking good but I would recommend a few things, especially if you haven’t already purchased everything. Osprey is coming out with a new Exxos early next year and it’s now gender specific and lighter, it’s now the Eja for women. https://www.snewsnet.com/press-release/ospreys-introduces-all-new-womens-specific-eja-and-updated-exos-for-spring-2018
I’d also check out Zpacks for your bags, they’re super light and strong and one of them doubles as a pillow, it has fleece on it. So you can have a lighter bag and get rid of your actual pillow (I have the same one and am switching to this).
I’d also check out Snowpeak for their stove, pot, cup/mug and spork. I’m going to try and go stoveless this year which will also let me ditch my pot.
The battery seems like overkill. Have ou looked into the weight difference for a battery half or less the size and a solar panel? There’s a specific PCT panel but it’s a bit outdated now, I’ve gone with the Nomad 7 Plus and a Aukey 5,000mah battery.
Hi. I’m planning for a 2021 PCT thru hike. I already own a lot of the gear you’ve listed. I would love the opportunity to hit you up with some questions about your thoughts on your gear and what you liked/didn’t like about it. Hope to hear from you. Happy trails!