Flash Gordon’s PCT 2018 Gear List

Let’s get right to the gear.

You can check out my LighterPack list here.

Base Weight = 13.28 pounds

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A few points before we dive in.

–I am hiking with my fiance, who will be carrying our cookset and tent body, so you won’t see these items on my list here.

–After taking the photos, I decided to carry my GoPro HER04 Session and it is included in my LighterPack.

Sierra items are included in my LighterPack, but without weights as I wanted to show my base weight for the beginning of the trail.

The Big Three
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Clothing, Worn

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Clothing, Packed


Kitchen and Water

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bear canistermicrospikes
ice axeDEETbug head net
Sierra pct 2018 gear list

And since you made it all the way to the end, I’ll reward you with a few more details.

–I’m carrying only three of the same items that I used on my 2013 AT thru-hike: nail clippers, duct tape, and a two-liter stuff sack. Exciting, huh? When I began planning my gear list last year, I thought I would be reusing way more from the AT. Nope.

–Hint. If you like using small plastic bags for keeping things dry and organized, I used the bag that my Dirty Girl Gaiters came in for my first aid kit and the bag from my Gossamer Gear pack liners for my journal.

–I’m a terrible sleeper. I contemplated purchasing an inflatable sleeping pad; however, I chose not to after considering the risk of puncture and my noisy side-to-side switching. I decided to stick with the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol as I did on the AT, but upgrade to full-length. I found it comfortable except on my hips. Every night, I would wake up on one side and switch over to the other – again and again. Coincidentally, my new Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 pack has a removable foam pad, so I’ve decided to secure that to the middle of my sleeping pad for extra support. My cat, Pi, will demonstrate its comfort.

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The Right Gear

I have spent hours and hours attempting to make the best gear choices possible; however, I know from experience that this list will change along the trail. Accepting the fact that you don’t have to get all of your gear picks right from the beginning takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. There’s always time for change and improvement along the way.

My gear list is not perfect, and I’m perfectly OK with that.


Also, still attempting to convince my cat that he wants to live on top of my pack for five months.

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Comments 3

  • Brandon Chase : Mar 19th

    Awesome list! Very well-organized and clear. Who knew LL Bean could be UL?

    • Lindsey : Mar 19th

      Thanks, Brandon! Right?! We used that same tent 5 years ago on the AT and loved it. This version is lighter, but we’re hoping the quality is the same 🙂

  • Smokebeard : Mar 19th

    Solid list, seems pretty well thought out. Kudos for bringing map and compass. Whats your start date? I’m April 14.


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