What’s in My Pack
Everything that I will need to survive for the next 5 months will be carried on my back. That’s pretty wild to think about. With thru-hiking, the goal is to be lightweight. The notorious question you constantly hear on the trail is “what’s your base weight?”
Over the past year, I have researched, tested out different gear, and made numerous REI trips. I’ve watched countless gear review videos and have read just as many blogs and surveys from previous hikers. I’ve spent the last few months dialing in my gear and going into my hike I can say that I feel confident with what I have. My base weight is sitting at 16.5 pounds. It will weigh slightly more in the Sierra due to my bear canister and microspikes.
Out of all my gear, my pack was the hardest decision for me to make. I hiked with an Osprey Eja 58L all summer but kept getting bruises and aches from it. Then I tested out the Gossamer Mariposa 60L and the Hyperlite 3400 Southwest. I like both but overall felt better carrying heavier loads in the Hyperlite.
- Pack: 3400 HyperLite Southwest
- Tent: Nemo Ultralight Hornet 2 person
- Sleeping bag: Enlightened Equipment 10-degree 950 down Conundrum quilt
- Sleeping pad: Women’s Therm-a-Rest Neoair Xlite
A luxury item is something that’s not necessary for survival but is nice to have in your life. For now, I have a few of these.
- Pillow: SeaToSummit Aeros
- Cork massage ball
- Sit pad
- Wilderness wash (multipurpose soap)
- Retainer (spent too many years in braces and do not wanna go back)
- Journal and pen
You can check out my full gear list here:
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