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.
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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
Sierras to Manning Park
|Gear||Pack Weight (oz.)||Location||Carried||Link|
|Total Pack Weight||364.24||After Sierras||35|
|Marmot Hydrogen Long 30 Degree Sleeping Bag||27||After Sierras||1||https://www.backcountry.com/marmot-hydrogen-sleeping-bag-30-degree-down|
|Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket||6.4||After Sierras||1||https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-helium-jacket-mens|