Gear (Initial)

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To begin, I have to admit, the line between comfort and weight can at times be elusive. I made the decision early on that I would err on the side of comfort. Having said that, I’m quite happy with my gear selection, and my base pack weight (what I’m carrying excluding consumables such as stove fuel, water and food) at the start of my hike will be right around 20lbs. Of course, when I load up with food, water and fuel, I imagine I’ll be leaving with about 35 pounds strapped to my back!

  • The Big Three+
  • Tent – Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 (with Big Agnes Fly Creek footprint)
  • Pack – Osprey Atmos 65AG (with Osprey ultralight rain cover)
  • Sleeping Bag – Western Mountaineering Summerlite (with Sea to Summit Reactor Plus Liner to add a few degrees of warmth at the beginning and end of the hike)
  • Sleeping Pad – Exped Hyperlite (with Exped Schnozzel Pumpbag UL. which acts a dry bag for my sleeping bag and an inflator for my sleeping pad)
  • Camp Clothing
  • The NorthFace Thermoball Jacket
  • Smartwool NTS Mid 250 1/4 zip top
  • The NorthFace thermal bottoms
  • Extra pair underwear
  • Extra pair socks
  • Base camp socks (treat those dogs well)
  • Crocs Classic (camp shoes)
  • The NorthFace Hyvent rain jacket
  • Marmot Precip pants
  • Mountain Hardwear Micro Dome fleece hat (ditch in warmer weather)
  • Outdoor Research Gripper gloves (ditch in warmer weather)
  • My Kitchen
  • SnowPeak Max Lite stove
  • SnowPeak Trek 900 pot (with Four Dog Stoves lid)
  • Pot cozy (home made with Reflectix)
  • Platypus 2.0L gravity system (Dirty bag and filter only. Will quick connect to Osprey 2.5l hydration bladder and water bottles.)
  • Electronics
  • iPhone 6
  • iPod Shuffle (for those tough uphills)
  • Anker 2nd gen 6700mAh battery (able to charge the iPhone almost three times, yet comes in at a svelte five ounces)
  • Dual port wall charger with cables
  • Nikon Coolpix L32 (uses AA batteries so I replace rather than charge on the trail)
  • Black Diamond Revolt headlamp
  • To start I’ll be hiking in the following:
  • Marmot Transcend Pants (long to shorts at the touch of a zipper, nifty)
  • Izod quick dry short sleeve shirt (Don’t laugh it’s a great shirt)
  • Mountain Hardwear fleece top
  • Darn Tough socks (the standard)
  • The North Face Ultra 109 trail runners (my family will tell you, don’t ask about my trials and tribulations in testing and trying to find the best shoe)
  • SuperFeet insoles. For those of you who are not aware, SuperFeet SuperFeetinsoles are simply the best (and this is not an opinion :-) ). The support and extra cushioning they provide are remarkable and I’m confident my “dogs” will happy on the trail as a result!