My 2024 PCT Gear List

Below is what I am taking on my upcoming thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It is common for bloggers to post their gear list before beginning a big hike, but I’ve noticed they are often not very detailed. I wanted to show the nitty gritty, down to my toilet paper and tube of chapstick.

Except for food, this list represents every single item that will be in my pack or on my body. Nothing more, nothing less. (Conveniently, I can use this post as my packing list). I think this gives a more realistic picture of the minutia-level planning that goes into preparing for a thru-hike. Each and every item has been carefully considered, weighed, and tested.

 

Backpack and Accessories

ItemDescriptionWeight
PackGossamer Gear Gorilla 50 liter32.1 oz
Shoulder strap pocketFor phone1.3 oz
Shoulder strap water bottle pouchZpacks0.6 oz
Pack linerTrash compacter bag2.5 oz

 


Shelter

ItemDescriptionWeight
TentTarpTent ProTrail22.7 oz
Tent stakesDAC J stake, qty 52.3 oz
Trekking polesBlack Diamond Trail18.0 oz

Sleep System

ItemDescriptionWeight
Down QuiltEnlightened Equipment Revelation 10 degree28.4 oz
Quilt Stuff SackDCF Roll-Top Dry Bag1.2 oz
Sleeping PadNemo Tensor, Regular Wide20.4 oz
Nemo Vortex Pump BagTo inflate sleeping pad2.3 oz

Water

ItemDescriptionWeight
Water Bottles2 1 liter Smartwater bottle &
1 20 oz Gatorade bottle
2.6 oz
Water Bag3 liter CNOC VectoX Durable4.1 oz
Water FilterSawyer Squeeze with coupler3.1 oz

Food Gear

ItemDescriptionWeight
PotToaks 900 ml4.6 oz
StoveBRS 3000T1.0 oz
Fuel Canister5 oz size7.4 oz
LighterMini Bic0.4 oz
SpoonLong-handled plastic0.4 oz
Food BagDyneema roll top bag1.4 oz
Bear bag line50 ft Ultralight 1.3 mm Z-Line Cord with mini carabiner0.9 oz
Pot ragThin cloth0.3 oz

Clothes

Worn Clothes

ItemDescriptionWeight
Hiking shirtREI Sahara Long Sleeve shirt7.2 oz
ShortsRBX 5″ running shorts4.4 oz
Sports braJockey Seamfree Mid Impact Sports Bra1.8 oz
UnderwearExofficio2.5 oz
Socks – 1st pairDarnTough Run UL crew1.7 oz
Hiking ShoesTopo Athletic Ultraventure 319.5 oz
Custom orthoticsinside shoes2.3 oz
SunglassesGeneric, with Croakies strap1.0 oz
Sun HatREI Sahara Hat3.1 oz

Packed Clothes

ItemDescriptionWeight
Fleece – cold weather onlyDecathalon Quechua MH100 Hiking Fleece9.1 oz
Sleep Top – cold weather onlyUnder Armor Base 2.06.4 oz
Sleep Top – warm weather onlyLightweight T-shirt2.8 oz
Sleep BottomsPatagonia Capilene midweight5.3 oz
Underwear – 2nd pairExofficio2.5 oz
Socks – 2nd pairDarnTough Crew Lightweight Athletic2.0 oz
Socks – 3rd pairInjinji toe socks1.5 oz

Outerwear

ItemDescriptionWeight
Synthetic Down JacketEnlightened Equipment Torrid Jacket8.3 oz
Warm HatArmy issue black fleece hat1.1 oz
RaincoatFrogg Toggs Ultra-Lite top6.0 oz
Rain/Wind pantsNorth Face5.3 oz
GlovesKlim 2.0 Liners2.1 oz
Buff – HalfsizeBandana/headband0.5 oz
Bug Heat Net (not pictured)0.6 oz

Electronics

ItemDescriptionWeight
PhoneiPhone 14 in UAG case7.4 oz
Satellite Messaging DeviceGarmin InReach mini 23.8 oz
KindlePaperwhite6.7 oz
HeadlampNiteCore 25 (with shockcord headband mod)1.3 oz
HeadphonesApple corded earbuds0.5 oz
PowerbankAnker 6,500 mAh4.4 oz
2 Micro USB cordsFor charging powerbank, Kindle, and headlamp0.7 oz
USB-C cordFor charging InReach0.5 oz
Lightning cordFor charging iPhone0.5 oz
Wall charger plugwith 2 USB ports1.0 oz

Toiletries

ItemDescriptionWeight
First Aid Kit1 oz Dr. Bronners soap, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Anti-diarrheal, Caffeine pills, Melatonin, Water purification tablets, Neosporin, Alcohol wipes, Vaseline, Leuko Tape4.0 oz
Massage BallBody Back Foot Star1.5 oz
ToothbrushTravel toothbrush in case0.4 oz
Toothpastetravel-size tube1.0 oz
EarplugsFoam disposable0.1 oz
Chapstick0.3 oz
SunscreenSPF 70 in 1 oz tube1.3 oz
P Stylefor peeing standing up0.6 oz
Potty KitQuart ziplock bag: The Deuce trowel, toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer5.0 oz
Menstrual cupDiva Cup0.5 oz
Stuff SackRoll top1.1 oz

Miscellaneous

ItemDescriptionWeight
Gear repair kit2 extra O rings for Sawyer filter, Gear tape and patches, sleeping pad repair kit, dental floss (heavy duty thread), mini sewing thread spool, match book2.1 oz
Knifemini Swiss Army knife0.9 oz
Trail walletDCF zipper wallet with ID, 1 credit card, 1 debit card, some cash1.6 oz
Important Docs BagPermits, printed Halfmile trail notes, pen3.2 oz
MaceSabre Red Gel1.1 oz

Sierra Gear

ItemDescriptionWeight
Bear Canister (required)Bear Vault BV50041.7 oz
Ice Axe (if needed)Grivel Mount Blanc16.3 oz
Spikes (if needed)Snowline Chainsen Light Spikes8.6 oz

Apps

ItemDescriptionWeight
FarOutPrimary navigation app0.0 oz
GaiaSecondary navigation app0.0 oz
Garmin ExploreTertiary navigation app; synchs to InReach device0.0 oz
Garmin Messengersynchs to InReach0.0 oz
PeakFindernifty app that scans the horizon and names the surrounding peaks0.0 oz

Total Base Weight

The base weight is the weight of the pack without food or water. Per convention, I also haven’t included the weight of constantly worn items and consumables such as toilet paper, fuel, and sunscreen.

Warm WeatherCold WeatherSierra
13 lbs, 9.9 oz14 lbs, 6.6 oz18 lbs, 9.1 oz

The additional pack weight will vary greatly. Depending on how much food, water, and snow gear I’m carrying, my pack could range anywhere from 14 pounds to 40 pounds.

I’m looking forward to putting the gear into action!

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Comments 11

  • Dee Nerem : Mar 17th

    I love how you broke each section down. For a newbie like me that was very helpful. I am doing a lash in Sept. and some of your items I purchased for my hike. Good luck. I look forward to following along. Dee

    Reply
    • Kirby : Apr 2nd

      Thanks Dee, I’m glad it was helpful! Best of luck on your LASH. I’m sure it will be incredible!

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  • Lumber : Mar 18th

    Kirby, dont know if you ever tried it but you could use Kindle app on smartphone & not carry papperwhite.

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    • Kirby : Apr 2nd

      Thanks! I have considered that, but decided to stick with the Kindle as a luxury item. I prefer the look and feel of the actual Kindle device over reading on the phone. To me it feels more like reading a real book. Even though it is still technically a screen, it feels more like unplugged non-screen time, which I value in the woods. The other consideration is that the Kindle battery is amazing, lasting for weeks at a time. If I read on my phone, I think I’d need a bigger battery bank to keep my phone charge, so that helps offset some of the extra weight of the Paperwhite.

      Reply
  • tallis george-munro : Mar 18th

    When i like the California PCT in 1978 the only electronic gear i carried was a small flash Lite. i had a small journal to record my experiences, a pen, and cloured pencils to draw the trail. I also had my beloved harmonica for music. It lays besides me as i text this message. I also carried a stout climbing rope which proved invaluable when a fording melt swollen creeks in the high Sierra. Best hiking Kirby, i enjoy your posts. I srarted my hike at Campo on April 8th, 1978.

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    • Kirby : Apr 2nd

      Thank you! That’s so cool that you still have the harmonica! I bet you have a lot of great memories.

      Reply
  • Ted Baker : Mar 20th

    Well done! Thanx for tge very specific specs. Carry on!

    Reply
    • Kirby : Apr 2nd

      Thanks Ted!

      Reply
  • Zach : Apr 3rd

    Impressive html work with this one! Also, nice looking kit. I’m a big fan of that Gorilla pack.

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    • Kirby : Apr 4th

      Thank you! I love the Gorilla too. It served me very well on the AT last year. I got a fresh one for the PCT 🙂

      Reply

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