PCT Gear List II

Not a whole lot has changed from the first gear list. I wanted to get an Arc pack with the heavier duty 4.2 oz/sqyd Gridstop fabric. Unfortunately, you can only get an Arc Haul in that fabric and ZPacks no longer offers custom orders. The 62L Arc Haul is just way too big and so I’m right back where I started with the Arc Blast. Even at 55L, the Blast is still on the big side but I will make do. I’ve added to and regrouped my Sierra gear options. You can find more about my gear lists and adventures on my blog Journey Return.


A gear pic from last year but a lot of crossover to this year!

PCT 2017 oz. lb.
zpacks 55L arc blast with hip belt pockets 22.5
zpacks 0F wide long bag with draft tube 27.1
big agnes platinum fly creek UL1 + GG polycryo sheet, 30 oz.
zpacks solplex, 19 oz. (first 700 miles) 19
68.6 4.3
thermarest prolite small 11
gossamer gear 1/8″ pad 3.5
msr pack towel half 0.7
toilet kit:
(snow stake, tp, hand sanitizer, wipes, powder) 3
(ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea, anti-hist, vicodin, thyroid hormone) 2
ziplock wallet 1
trash compator bag/paint strainer stuff sacs 2
golite umbrella 8
cocoon pillow 4
2 1L smart water bottles 2.8
two 2L platypus 2
first aid/sewing/repair kit:
(bandaid, needle, ray way thread, air mattress patch, toenail clips, qtip, leukotape, tenacious tape) 1.5
sweet water purification drops 0.8
whistle/thermometer multi 0.9
swiss army manager knife 1
emergency fire kit 0.5
toothbrush/floss/paste 1
sunscreen/hibiclens/lotion/essential oils 2.8
flip flop 6
spoon 0.5
54.7 3.4
icebreaker long john bottom (for sleeping only) 5.5
icebreaker long john top (for sleeping only) 5.6
injinji socks 1.6
jockey underwear 1.5
buff/beanie 1
mh hooded ghost whisper down jacket 8.5
or helium ii rain jacket 6.5
zpacks rain skirt 2
mountain hardware gloves 1.2
rei skirt (for town) 7.5
patagonia tank top (for town) 3.2
44.1 2.8
droid cell phone w/ case 7.6
anker 2nd gen astro 6700mHa 4.8
chargers/cords/headphones 3.5
ipod nano 1
petzl tikka xp headlamp 3
19.9 1.2
total 187.3 11.7
clothing worn:
prana zion stretch pants
rei northway plaid shirt
jockey underwear
icebreaker bra
injinji socks
dirty girl gaiters
leki trekking poles
keen voyageur shoes
sierra options:
s2s head net 1
bv500 40
hillsound micro spikes – medium 15.7
thermarest xtherm long, 16.5 oz (-11 oz. prolite) 5.5
anker powercore 10000 mHa, 6.4 oz. (-anker 6700, 4.8 oz.) 1.6
injinji snow sock 4.6
injinji liner sock – 2 pair 2
waterproof sock 2
mouseworks animal hat 1.8
or expedition croc gaiter 12
icebreaker mittens 1.4
icebreaker long sleeve shirt 5
big agnes platinum fly creek UL1 + GG polycryo sheet, 30 oz. (-zpacks solplex, 19 oz.) 11
paper maps
103.6 6.5
health related:
calcium, multivitamin – two week supply 6.0
goosefeet down booties 3.3
9.3 0.6

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Comments 3

  • John : Mar 21st

    Curious why you’re planning on swapping out the solplex? Something you don’t like about it for the mountains? Only asking because I’m considering buying one.

    • Lion Heart : Mar 21st

      Hi John! I’m switching out the Solplex because I really don’t have the patience for this tent. I’m starting with it because it is so light and I don’t plan on having to set it up very often. I wrote a review of it here. Thanks for the question!

      • John : Mar 22nd

        Thanks! Enjoy the PCT!


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