What I’m Packing for the PCT

With my start date only days away, I’ve finalized my gear list and am impatiently waiting to start hiking. Here is everything I’m packing up and throwing on my back to tackle my first thru-hike: the Pacific Crest Trail!


Pack, Sleep System, and Shelter

–Osprey Exos 48L – 36 oz

–Nemo Tensor Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Pad – 9 oz

–Enlightened Equipment Enigma Down Quilt – 14.5 oz

–Sea To Summit Aeros Pillow3.1 oz

–*Hyperlite Echo II  – 29 oz


–**Petzl Glacier Ice Axe – 12.7 oz

–**Kahtoola Microspikes – 11 oz

–Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles

–Assortment of dry and stuff sacks – 1.5 oz

Petzl Tikka 2 headlamp – 2.9 oz

–**BearVault 450 – 33 oz


–TOAKS titanium long-handled spoon – 0.65oz

-TOAKS titanium 750mL pot – 3.6 oz

–Sawyer Squeeze water filtration system – 2oz

–Smartwater bottles – 1 oz

–MSR PocketRocket 2 – 2.6 oz



–Patagonia Stridor Shorts 3 In

–Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Zip-Neck Shirt

–Patagonia Active Compression Bra

–ExOfficio Give-N-Go String Bikini Briefs

–Dirty Girl Gaiters


–Injinji Crew Toe Sock Liners

–Cloudline Socks

–Salomon X-Mission 3 running shoes

–**Salomon X Ulta M 3 Aero


–Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer jacket – 7 oz

–Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket – 9.6 oz

–REI Women’s Fleece Gloves – 2 oz

–Icebreaker Vertex Half Zip Flurry – 9.8 oz

–Icebreaker Vertex Leggings Flurry   – 9.1 oz


–iPhone (including wall block and power cord) – 8 oz

–Anker Portable Charger – 6.35 oz

Personal Care

–Diva Cup – 0.2 oz

–First aid kit – 4 oz

–Ibuprofen, Benadryl, ACE Wrap, Leukotape, Band-Aids, and Bacitracin

–Toothbrush, toothpaste – 0.5 oz

–Trowel – 0.6 oz



–Hand sanitizer

–Toilet paper

Base weight: 135.6 oz (8.4 lbs)
Sierra Base weight: 192.3 oz (12 lbs)

*Not included in base weight because my partner will be carrying it.
**Included in Sierra base weight only.

Ready, Set, Hike!

I’ve spent months testing and retesting the gear on this list and am extremely happy with what I’ve come up with. I know from experience as a weekend warrior  that this list will change a few times along the way.


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Comments 2

  • Brenda Waites : Apr 3rd

    Hope you two have a safe trip.

  • Chris Collins : Apr 3rd

    Praying for you girl….be smart!


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