Chance of Bad Weather: Going Heavy Gear List
The 2019 PCT year could be a rough weather year.
After talking with a number of trekkers that have quite a bit more long-distance trekking experience than I do, many people go with ultralight gear with base weights of seven to ten pounds. Since I assume that embarking on the PCT in early March is already a little more risky than starting this journey in late April or early May, it will likely be a more difficult journey on the PCT. So I’ve packed quite heavy. However, my outdoor experience stems from a lot of geology and climbing trips. So at times, I’ve had to carry a lot of stuff for safety: harnesses, ropes, rock hammers, and lots of water. Therefore, I might as well feel safer from getting hypothermia or slipping down a slope by carrying more clothing, a thicker sleeping bag, and a pair crampons.
My Base Weight: 22 Pounds
And at the end of the day, heavy gear may still get me to the end of the trail just as well as lighter gear would. I suppose if I ever want to become a hardcore mountaineer or a climber, I should be able to shoulder a lot of weight.
So I’m not ashamed of carrying more than I need, because I’m the one who’s carrying it.
Pack: Woman’s Dueter ACT Lite 60+10SL Expedition Pack
- Weight: 4lb 3 oz.
- Size: 70 L
- This pack has traveled to New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, and all over the country. Mostly, it just has a lot of sentimental value.
Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Tent
- Weight: 3lb 1 oz.
- Size: 2 person, 3-seasons
Sleeping Bag:Big Agnes Blackburn UL Sleeping 0 Degree Down
- Weight: 2lb 12 oz.
- Size: 5′ 10″
- Weird feature: There is a strip on the bottom/back with no down filled, with a pocket for a sleeping pad,
Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Women’s Regular
- Weight: 12 oz.
- R value: 3.9
- Really warm and comfortable, plus I tried the Z-sol and was cold and uncomfortable. So I’d rather take the risk of popping an inflatable pad and be warmer.
Stove:MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Mini Stove Set
- Weight: 9.8 oz.
- Kit includes PocketRocket stove, 0.75 liter hard-anodized aluminum pot, 16 oz. bowl, clear lid, pot grip and stuff sack
Water Filter: Sawyer Squeeze
- Weight: 3 oz
- Output: 1.7 L/min
Bear Bin:Bearvault BV500
- Weight: 2lbs 9 oz.
- Size: 8.7 x 12.7 inches, 11.5 liters
- I may hike the entire trail with the Bearvault. Call me crazy, but I guess why not? Two extra pounds, I know, but I like easy when it comes to food storage; call me lazy. Also, it seems perfect for keeping things dry, safe, and better for someone who is solo hiking early in the season.
Crampons:C.A.M.P. Universal Stalker Crampons
- Weight: 2lb 1 oz.
- Can be used with almost any type of boot, but have to be readjusted sometimes
- I may bring them from the very beginning since it seems like a heavier snow year. Extra weight, but I’d take that over the risk of dangerous travel.
Hiking Poles: REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles
- Weight: 14.8 oz
- Merrell Accentor Mid Ventilator Waterproof Hiking boots
- Smartwool Long sleeve quarter zip up
- Patagonia quick dry baggies shorts
- Columbia Thermal Leggings- 2 pair (one larger)
- Columbia Titanium Rain Coat
- Columbia Rain Pants
- TheTrek Quick dry Purple Tank
- Darn Tough Socks- 3 pairs
- Mountain Hardwear Down Jacket
- Women’s Patagonia Quick dry Underwear- 2 Pair
- Crocs Sandals
- Emergency Medical Kit
- Fingernail Clippers
- Black diamond Headlamp
- Suunto Traverse Watch
- Swiss Army Multitool
- Gerber Knife
- Anker solar panel charging station
- Rechargeable battery pack
Sending about ten boxes down the path for comfort food and good snacks.
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