Andy’s Gear Part 2

Howdy howdy! Recently, I have upgraded some gear and now have all my final gear!! So here is part 2 of my gear list. Oh and before I forget, I upgraded my pack! I will now be carrying the Mountain Hardware PCT 55L. Shoutout to the rock wall at my school that does fun raffles and has sick prizes.

New pack!

Worn clothing

Shirt: REI Sahara Sun Hoodie

Shorts: The Trek’s Dan Flashers shorts

Socks: Darn Tough

Underwear: some Columbia underwear that’s comfy

Shoes: Altra Lone Peak 7

Sunglasses: some pair of sunglasses I found in a geocache on a mountain

Gaiters: Altra shoes Altra gaiters

Buff: to keep my face protected from the sun

Hat: my hat I got from Philmont

Packed clothes

Puffy jacket: the Columbia Voodoo something jacket. It does not have that much down but it does have Columbia’s Omni heat thing and it has kept me warm in cold conditions.

Fleece: some Mountain Hardware fleece. This and my puffy are not the lightest things in the world, but they do keep me warm and are durable. I did not see it as something I needed to upgrade since I am on a budget. I am not sure if I will need both of these in the desert section but we will find out.

Rain jacket: I think this is the Glennaker jacket. I have had it for many years. The quality of it is a little questionable because I never really thought of having to treat it differently in the wash or anything. When it was raining back in March, I am pretty sure it wet through, but I am not sure since I had my fleece underneath. It does serve to be a good wind shell though and I think that is when it will come in handy. At least until Washington.

Wind pants: I was gonna bring my Frogg Togg rain pants at first. But I was gifted with an Amazon gift card as a graduation gift so I decided to try out these dance pants from Amazon. They have great reviews as being wind pants. I will probably switch to rain pants in Washington, but we will see once we get there.

Camp shoes: Xero sandals. I did not think I would ever buy these in my life. Unfortunately, Tevas and Chacos just did not work out for me. They are very comfy though.

Sleep stuff: Patagonia Capeline thermal top and REI Merino wool bottoms. I am not entirely sure if I will need these at first since I am starting so late. I think it will be warm enough outside and with my 20F quilt, I won’t want to wear warmer stuff when I sleep. However, I do think it will be nice to wear something relatively clean when I go to bed.

Other things: I will have an extra pair of underwear, some extra socks, light gloves, and a beanie with my packed clothes.


Stove: BSR 3000. This is that $16 stove that is on Amazon. Honestly, I am slightly afraid of it.

Pot and spoon: 750mL TOAKS pot and Sea to Summit long spoon. The long spoon is a game changer.

Filter: Sawyer Squeeze. Used to have a mini. The normal is a game changer as well.


Charger: Anker Powersense III. This is a 20,000 amp charger. It can charge my phone pretty fast.

Headlamp: Some Black Diamond headlamp uses batteries. Being able to charge my light would be cooler and lighter, but I did not feel the need to spend.

SOS: Garmin inReach Mini

Phone: iPhone 12 Pro and normal Apple headphones

Cords and charging block: iPhone cord (USB-C), USB-C to charge my charger, cord for my inReach, and a block that has a normal USB port and a USB-C port.

Sierra Nevada

Bear canister: Bear Vault BV500.

Microspikes: Katoola spikes. Hopefully, I will not need crampons.

Ice Axe: NA. I am not entirely sure if I will need an ice axe or if I will even do the Sierra’s at first because of all the snow and melt. If I need one, I will get it in Kennedy Meadows or online somewhere.

Other stuff

Trekking poles: some Black Diamond pair that my mom got me years ago. Not the lightest thing in the world, but they work so did not need to upgrade.

Tripod: I might bring this, not sure yet.

First aid kit: Bandaids, leuko tape, gauze pads, ibuprofen, Benadryl, anti-diarrhea pills, Claritin, a small Swiss Army knife, duct tape, alcohol wipes, and contacts. I will also have my prescription glasses in case my contacts decide they don’t like me one day.

Pillow: Nemo inflatable pillow.

Food bag: Hilltop ECOPAK food bag.

Bug net: currently do not have it yet, but I will get it when needed.

Water bag: CNOC 3L bag.


Food, water (Smart Water 1L bottles x4-6), sunscreen, and bug spray.

Not pictured: bear can, microspikes, trekking poles, water bottles, and knife.

I think that is all! Hopefully, I do not forget anything overly important when I get on the trail. My total base weight is like 14 pounds. Maybe along the way, I will be able to get some lighter clothing in a hiker box or something. I definitely feel like there are things I will get rid of or things I will really wish I had. Some things that I think I will want will be a fanny pack or one of those shoulder pockets for my phone or water.


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Comments 1

  • Helena : May 17th

    Happy Trails!! <3


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