Whimsical Woman’s Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Are you just beginning your PCT thru-hike gear essentials research? Are you putting finishing touches on your carefully cultivated set of gear? Maybe you’re a gear junkie who just likes to watch videos about gear.

No matter where you are in the journey, my latest video provides an in-depth review of the items I carried on my 2,650 mile trek. I cover the basics (think: backpack and sleep system), my kitchen set-up, specific gear I carried through the Sierra Nevada, and the shoes and clothing I wore on the trail. You can find links to each of these products below to learn more:

The Basics

Kitchen Set-up

Sierra Nevada


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Comments 2

  • Jonathan Stoll : Feb 17th

    Did you find Frog Togs acceptable?

  • Hendrik : Feb 22nd

    Not bad.
    Just a few little changes that I would suggest:

    Leave the GPS at home.

    1.On the PCT that is the last thing you need!!! It is far to heavy for something that is not at all nescessary.

    2. I would change merino baselayers to synthetic. Synthetic is way lighter and much more durable. Yes Merino does not smell as bad but you will. No matter what you wear.

    3.Sandals: I know this is a much discussed topic but I have not met many people who would go again and bring sandals. It is warm the majority of time and if not your feet will be cold in sandals too.

    4. Ice Axe: Do you really know how to use it? Even if you do I would not recommend bringing one. High snow year or not. If you have not had training before it is rather injure you in an emergency than save you.

    5. The mattress for the Sierras: You willl find softer ground in the Sierras than in the desert so if the reason is comfort then I would suggest to bring it from the beginning.
    If reason is extra warmth then I can assure you there is aaaaaaaaaalways spots without snow and that your Zrest will be perfectly fine.

    6. Shorts and Pants: I would get some wind pants instead. They pack smaller are much lighter and offer the same warmth. Also lot of them are mosquito proof.


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