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What's on my back

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

A gear list. I feel as though most of my life I have been pretty easy to please. I can make do with what I have, in any situation. I realize that good and bad times pass. Basic needs like food, clothing, water, shelter are things that when preparing for a hike are essential. You could say everything else is extra weight or a luxury. There was a moment on the hike when my phone fell out of my pocket and I didn't realized it was missing for two miles. Backtracking those miles in the heat of the day was hard. I thought to myself; can I live without it? Of course I can, but most of the photos on this site wouldn't be here if I didn't recover that phone. I am grateful to have recovered it, but through that wake up call, I realize that it is a luxury not a necessity on trail.


  • Backpack - Gregory Paragon 58 - 3.9 lbs

  • Tent - Marmot Catalyst 2p - 5lbs 3 oz - split up with Frank

  • Trekking Poles - Trekkology Trek Z - 10 oz each

  • Sleeping Bag - Kelty Cosmic 20 degree down - 2.5 lbs

  • Sleeping Pad - Zooobelives Ultra Light Pad - 1.1 lbs

  • Tent Stakes - 6 NEMO Airpins

Food / Water

  • Meals and Snacks - (see below for breakdown)

  • Odor Proof Bags - 12” x 20” Loksak OpSak

  • Water Filter - Sawyer Squeeze Mini

  • Bladder - Platypus Platy 2.0 L Bottle

  • Water Bottle - Smart Water Bottle


  • Shirt - Landsend Mens Short Sleeve Active T

  • Shorts - Mens Baleaf 7"Shorts with Liner

  • Pants - Eddie Baur Guide Pro Pants

  • Base Layer - Eddie Baur Free Dry Merino Wool Hybrid 1/4 zip

  • Tights - Mens Tights, the tag is warn out

  • Socks - Grey Mens Saucony No Show Socks

  • Trail Shoes - Saucony Guide 13 TR- 11.3 oz

  • Camp Sandals - Xero Z- Trail Sandals- 5.4 oz each

  • Rain Jacket - REI Groundbreaker 2.0

  • Gloves - Forhaha Waterproof gloves


  • Communication Device - Garmin Inreach Mini

  • Trowel- Deuce Ultralight Size #2 Trowel

  • Watch - Garmin Forerunner 235

  • Phone / Camera - Samsung galaxy S 20FE

  • Hygiene bag - Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Gold Bond, Toilet Paper

  • Basic First Aid - Gloves, Alcohol Wipes, Needles, KT Tape, Butterfly Bandages, Gauze, Safety Pins, Scissors, Tweezers, Nail Clippers, Pain Reliever, Tape

  • Headlamp - Bio Light Headlamp 200 lumens- rechargable

  • Fishing Rod - Redington Rod and Reel 9 FT 5WT

  • Fly Kit - Flies, Clippers, Leader, Tippet

  • Miscellaneous - Journal, Pen, Battery Pack, Buff, Mosquito Head Net, Charging Cords, ID, Cash, Debit Card, Fishing License, Small Pillow Case, Variety Sizes Ascend Dry Bags, Prescription Sunglasses, Ukes Sunglasses Strap

Pack base weight is around 18 lbs. I usually have a 1.5 liters or more of water depending on how far the next water source is. The rule of thumb I use is, I want a liter of water for every 5 miles. You may use more or less depending on different factors, like temperatures, terrain elevation, and weather. 1 Liter of water is equal to 2.2 lbs.

Food | Calories

Oatmeal packets | 160

Bobo Bar | 340

Cliff Builders bar | 290

Cliff Bar | 240

Kind Bar | 160

Snickers | 440

Luma Bars | 190

Pro bar | 390

Honey Stinker Waffle | 160

Slim Jims | 60

Jerky | 70

Idahon Instant Potatoes | 340

Soup Mix | 140

Nuts | 160

Chips | 160

Assorted Little Debbies | 270- 360

Natures Bakery Fig Bars | 200

Gummy Worms | 100

Raman Noodle Packets | 380

Knorr Pasta Slides

Mini Hawaiian Tortillas

Nuun electrolyte mix

Assorted Mountain House Meals

Daily meal weight varies, but somewhere around 2 lbs. per day. The trick is to mix up the flavors daily. The calories per day ranges around 3,000, with around 60 grams of protein. We used Nuun electrolyte tabs to replenish electrolytes. We made the mistake and ordered Pro Bars without trying them, we ended up packing about a weeks worth out, each. Anyone want some Pro Bars?



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