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

Food Prep

Sending about ten boxes down the path for comfort food and good snacks.



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Comments 1

  • Leo-Yermo : Mar 8th

    Thank you for this posting, I like how you write! I am glad I subscribed.
    Also, one thing you said really got to me.
    I think I will be ordering a larger pack in the very VERY near future.
    “So I’m not ashamed of carrying more than I need, because I’m the one who’s carrying it.”
    How right you are!
    All the best.
    Happy Hike.


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