His and Her SOBO PCT Gear
After a year of hard work, saving, and gear adjustments, we are about to take our first steps on the Pacific Crest Trail today! Leaving the Appalachian Trail we knew we wanted to go as light as we could while remaining comfortable this time around. On the Appalachian Trail our base weights were nearly 20 pounds each and our packs routinely weighed 30-35 pounds leaving town. It was the only part of thru-hiking I did not enjoy. This time around we aimed to take our packs ultralight but missed our mark by just a little. No worries, though, we are happy with our setup and are ready to take on the trail. Due to gear changes and using homemade freeze dried/dehydrated meals, our packs will on average be ten pounds less than they were on the AT when leaving town. That is something to get excited about. And so is this trail! Today is the day!
For those who checked out my post on how to choose the best camera gear for a thru-hike, I am still debating whether to ditch the pack’s hip belt and frame. Since my camera gear is in the waist pack this takes roughly 3.5 pounds off my shoulders/back. If I ditch the pack’s hip belt and frame this will save me another 11 ounces or so. I would like to hike without the hip belt since the waist pack already has one, but I will need to see how the pack carries over the first couple weeks to decide. So tune in next time!
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