T-5 Days: The Gear List

By on Apr 11, 2017 in All, Gear | 50 comments

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For those of you that like to geek out on gear and ounces, I present The Gear List. The list is broken into a pre-Sierras list and a post-Sierras list. The Sierras will require cold weather gear like microspikes, an axe, and a bear canister. Some of the pre-Sierras gear won’t be received until Kennedy Meadows. After the Sierras, I’ll drop the cold weather gear and bear canister. My gear list definitely isn’t the lightest as I like my creature comforts. I may be taking excessive gear to blog (iPad, solar charger, etc.), but I can always send it home if it’s overkill. Plus, those of you that know me, know that I am notorious for taking a ridiculous amount of weight so this is a HUUUUGE step in the right direction. Gone are the slacklines, guide books (for trails I’m not currently hiking), and camp chair. Total weight is 27.5 lbs. during the Sierras and 22.8 lbs. for the remainder.

I’ve added a subscribe box below the gear tables, so add your email if you want to be automatically updated when new posts are uploaded (check your junk mail for a subscribe confirmation). Below I’ve included a picture of my 36 day mail resupply which I’ll be receiving in 9 resupply boxes. A big shout out to my family for supporting me on this trek by sending me love and packages. I couldn’t do this without you. 

I’m also including my thoughts on some of the bigger ticket items. I’ll continue to review other pieces of gear throughout the trek.

Arcteryx Altra 65 Backpack (79 oz.) – Side note: I love Arcteryx. While their gear is definitely pricey, I believe in the quality of their products and just as important, they’ve backed their warranty and helped me get replacements when needed. I also love that Arcteryx and Patagonia have staked claims in the fight to protect our parks. While I’m sad Outdoor Retailer will be leaving Utah, I’m thrilled that amazing companies like these are leading the way.

 First, this pack is heavy weighing in at 79 ounces. For me, that’s OK. I consider this one of my luxury items. I love the U-shaped zipper which allows easy access to items in the middle of my pack. I also love the external bladder access so I don’t have to dig everything out to refill my water. Since I’ll be living out of this pack for 6 months, accessibility was extremely important. I’m undecided on the load transfer swivel belt. It’s nice, but I haven’t noticed it making a huge difference. I’ve only used this pack on a 7 day trek in Peru, so I can attest to its comfortably on a shorter trek and I’ll know more in a month. Overall, this is a great pack and gets the thumbs up.

MSR Freelight II Tent (43) – I love this tent. It’s super light, yet holds up well in strong winds. I love the dual vestibules and setup is a breeze. My only knock is that the material is somewhat thin and despite using the footprint, I actually had a couple tiny holes on the bottom after my first backpacking trip with it. It’s a tradeoff, light or strong. Fingers crossed this can hold up for the next 6 months.

Rab Ascent 900 0-Degree Sleeping Bag (54 oz.) – I value my sleep more than just about anything when hiking and I sleep cold. So what’s a guy to do? The Rab Ascent 900 is a furnace of goodness. So warm, so comfortable. The drawback is a 0 degree bag is also heavy. In fact, it’s twice as heavy as the 30 degree I’ll be using after the Sierras. At least I’ll be warm.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad (15 oz.) – This thing is comfortable, warm and crinkly. What else could you want? Well maybe I could do without the sounds of sleeping on a potato chip bag. Honestly, the sound doesn’t bother me much and with an R value of 5.7 at only 15 oz., I’m sold. Highly recommended. 

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow (3.7 oz.) – The pillow of the Gods. This pillow is magnificent!!! So small, so light, and so comfortable. Without a doubt, one of my favorite pieces of gear. Buy one, you won’t be disappointed.

Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z Trekking Pole (18 oz.) – My good old trusty poles. These bad boys have carried me up and down countless trails. I’m hesitant to ever use anything but these. Really light and comfortable. Only drawback is I’ve lost a small chip in one of the handles but it hasn’t been a big problem.

 

Campo to Sierras

GearPack Weight (oz.)LocationCarriedLink
Total Pack Weight439.27Thru Sierras43
Arcteryx Altra 65 Backpack79Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-altra-backpack-65-mens
MSR Freelight II Tent43Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/msr-freelite-2-tent-2-person-3-season
Rab Ascent 900 0-Degree Sleeping Bag54Thru Sierras1https://www.backcountry.com/rab-ascent-900-sleeping-bag-0-degree-down
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad15Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/therm-a-rest-neoair-xtherm-sleeping-pad
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow3.7Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/sea-to-summit-aeros-premium-pillow
Arcteryx Alpha AR Jacket7.2Thru Sierras1https://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-alpha-ar-jacket-mens
Mountain Hardwear Canyon Shirt2.9Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-canyon-shirt-long-sleeve-mens
Marmot Graphic Shirt4Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/marmot-windridge-graphic-shirt-short-sleeve-mens
Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Hooded Zip-Neck Top7.7Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-capilene-thermal-weight-hooded-zip-neck-top-mens
Marmot ThermalClime Sport LS Crew4.3Entire1http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Marmot-Men-s-ThermalClime-Sport-LS-Crew
Prana Stretch Zion Pant0Entire0https://www.backcountry.com/prana-stretch-zion-pant-mens
Arc'teryx Satoro AR Bottom4.9Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-satoro-ar-bottom-mens
Marmot ThermalClime Pro Tight5.5Entire1http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Marmot-Men-s-ThermalClime-Pro-Tight
Under Armour Original 6in. Boxerjock5Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/under-armour-boxer-jock-mens
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe0Probably Entire0https://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-wildcat-trail-running-shoe-mens
Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve Sandal19Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/merrell-all-out-blaze-sieve-shoe-mens
Darn Tough Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Sock4.8Sierras Only1https://www.backcountry.com/darn-tough-in-country-merino-wool-micro-crew-socks
Darn Tough Merino Wool Micro 1/4 Cushion Hiking Sock3.2Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/darn-tough-merino-wool-cushion-1-4-sock
Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiter10.2Sierras Only1https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-crocodiles-gaiter-mens
Seirus SoundTouch All Weather Glove0Thru Sierras0https://www.backcountry.com/seirus-soundtouch-all-weather-glove-mens
Bear Vault BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister41Kennedy Meadows
to Sonora Pass
1https://www.backcountry.com/bear-vault-bv500-bear-resistant-food-canister
Apple iPad Air 215.4Entire1http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ipad/ipad-air-2
Samsung Galaxy Note 56Entire1http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-note5/
DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator7Entire1https://www.thegpsstore.com/Delorme-inReach-SE
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus12.8Entire1http://www.goalzero.com/p/347/nomad-7-plus-solar-panel
Goal Zero Flip 20 Recharger4.6Entuire1http://www.goalzero.com/p/308/flip-20-recharger
XSories Big Bendy Monochrome0.35Entire1http://www.bestbuy.com/site/xsories-big-bendy-monochrome-10-6-flexible-tripod-blue
Columbia Coolhead Zero Booney Hat
0Entire0https://www.backcountry.com/columbia-coolhead-zero-booney-hat
Outdoor Research Bug Net Cap2.6Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-bug-net-cap
Petzl Reactik Headlamp4Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/petzl-reactik-headlamp
Smith Frontman Sunglasses - Polarized
0Entire0https://www.backcountry.com/smith-frontman-sunglasses-polarized
Gossamer Gear Liteflex Hiking Umbrella8Entire1http://gossamergear.com/chrome-umbrella
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (30L)7.4Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/sea-to-summit-event-compression-dry-sack
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (20L)5.9Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/sea-to-summit-event-compression-dry-sack
Kahtoola Microspikes Traction System11.9Sierras Only1https://www.backcountry.com/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system
CAMP USA Corsa Ice Axe7.2Sierras Only1https://www.backcountry.com/petzl-linkin-leash
Petzl Linkin Leash0.88Sierras Only1https://www.backcountry.com/petzl-linkin-leash
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z Trekking Pole
18Entire0https://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-alpine-carbon-solo-trekking-pole
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
2Entire1https://sawyer.com/international/products/sawyer-mini-water-filtration-system/
Camelbak Antidote Reservoir 100 oz.19.5(3 till Sierras, 1 after)3https://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-Antidote-Reservoir-100-oz
MSR Aquatabs Purification Tablets-Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/msr-aquatabs-purification-tablets
Sea to Summit Reinforced Nylon Pocket Trowel3Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/sea-to-summit-pocket-trowel
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splint1.24Entire2https://www.backcountry.com/msr-pole-repair-kit
Snow Peak Trek 1400 Titanium Cookset
7.4Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/snow-peak-trek-1400-titanium-cookset
Snow Peak GigaPower Stove Auto Ignition
3.75Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/snow-peak-gigapower-stove-auto-ignition
GSI Outdoors Spice Rocket
4.2Entire1https://www.backcountry.com/gsi-outdoors-spice-rocket

 

Sierras to Manning Park

GearPack Weight (oz.)LocationCarriedLink
Total Pack Weight364.24After Sierras35
Marmot Hydrogen Long 30 Degree Sleeping Bag27After Sierras1https://www.backcountry.com/marmot-hydrogen-sleeping-bag-30-degree-down
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket6.4After Sierras1https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-helium-jacket-mens

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