As it turns out, you don’t need very many things to survive outside for a few months. Food and water will be the heaviest things I carry during my PCT hike, so I’ve done my best to minimize my “base weight” (the weight of all my gear that is not consumable) so I can be more comfortable when I load up on calories and liquid.
To comply with the alcohol stove restrictions in Southern California, I’ll be attempting to go without a stove for the first 700 miles. Depending on how my no-cook food works for the first few sections of the trail, I will decide whether to mail a canister stove to Kennedy Meadows (the southern gateway to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range about 700 miles north of the Mexico-US border). At Kennedy Meadows I will certainly be receiving my bear canister and might also be adding a light fleece layer and an ice axe depending on snow levels. I will also be exchanging the Ridgerest for a Neoair X-lite short sleeping pad for added warmth and a smaller pack volume.
I expect pieces of gear on this list to change as I make my way north, but most of the items included have served me well on past trips including a John Muir Trail hike in 2011.
|Piece of Gear||Brand/Model||Weight (oz)|
|Quilt + DrySack||MYOG thru-hiker kit||23.3|
|Sleeping Pad||Thermarest Ridgerest Short||9|
|Backpack||Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus||23|
|Dromedary Bag||MSR Dromlite 6L||5.7|
|Water Bottles||Gatorade 32oz x 2||2.5|
|Puffy||Arcteryx Atom LT Hoody||13|
|Rain Jacket||Patagonia Torrentshell Plus||11.9|
|Extra Socks||Injinji toe socks||2|
|First Aid||Custom Kit||4|
|Recepticle/Utensil||Peanutbutter jar, spoon||4|
|Water Treatment||Sawyer Squeeze System||3|
|Phone/Wallet||iPhone 5 + Wallet in 2L DrySack||7|
|Food Bag||20L Drysack||1.8|
|Base Weight (lbs)||9.6375|