My gear list as of July 2012. Over the years, my gear has changed. A trend towards lighter, but also mixing and matching based on different pursuits and goals of my trip.
What gear to bring on a trip is a question many people ask.
As I've said many, many, many times before there is no "best gear", just gear that fits your own needs, goals, safety and comfort levels.
While on all my trips I tend to go as light as possible, I do take different gear based on the type of trip I am taking.
More time in camp? Solo? A more technical trip? With buddies? Guiding? And so on.
For example, If I am taking Mrs. Mags (as of Sept 2012!) on a trip, I'll take the Lunar Duo, a canister stove and a thicker pad. Different trips do require different tools.
I'd hate to take my minamalist solo pack on an overnight climbing trip but don't see the reason to take something that can haul a rope out for a casual overnighter in the Indian Peaks either.
Having said all that, my personal baseline for backpacking is three-season solo trips. Backpacking is my first love and I feel solo trips are the most intense for me and something I truly need in my life.
So, the following is my list of geaf for three season solo backpking. Aimed towards Colorado conditions in late-Spring/early-Summer to mid-Fall.
Mags' Equipment List
|Pack and accessories:||Six Moon Designs' Swift (modified)||14.00 oz|
|Trash Bag for pack liner||.625 oz|
|Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis||14.500 oz|
|6 Ti. Tent stakes||1.125 oz|
|CCF Pad (cut down)||5.500 oz|
|Jacks R' Better Sierra Sniveller Quilt w/900 fill||22.000oz|
|SilyNylon Stuff Sack w/Garbage bag||1.500 oz|
|Kitchen||Lexan Spoon||.375 oz|
|Ziplock Bag||.125 oz|
|SilNylon Foodbag||1.000 oz|
|Hydration||96 oz Nalgene Cantene||2.625 oz|
|(2) 1 qt. Gatorade bottles||2.250 oz|
|Iodine Tabs||1.000 oz|
|Clothing in Pack||Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody 14..50 oz|
|Target Running Socks
|Lt. Wt. Polypro bottom||5.125 oz|
|Lt. Wt. Polypro Long Sleeve Tops||4.500 oz|
|Fleece Socks||1.750 oz|
|Exp. Wt. Polypro Balaclava||1.750 oz|
|Military Surplus Wool Glove Liners||1.625 oz|
|OR Endeavor Shell Mitts||4.000 oz|
|Shopping Bag||.125 oz|
|First Aid Kit Vitamin I 1.000 oz|
|4 4×4 Gauze Pads||.375 oz|
|5 Band-aids||< .125 oz|
|Ziplock||< .125 oz|
|(Duct tape, bandannas, etc. work as first aid items as well)|
|Coast Head Lamp||1.5 oz|
|Ziplock Bag||.250 oz|
|Ziplock Bag||.125 oz|
|TOTAL BASE PACK WEIGHT:||126 oz / 7 lbs 15 oz|
|Equipment "On Self"||Poly/Rayon Blend (65/35) L. Sleeve Shirt||6.125 oz|
|Target Nylon Shorts||3.750 oz|
|Target Running Socks||1.750 oz|
|Boonie Style Hat||3.625 oz|
|Swiss Army Knife Classic||.625 oz|
|P-38 Can Opener aka "John Wayne"||<.125 oz|
|Ski Poles w/ Duct Tape around handle||18.750 oz|
|Trail Runners (with inserts)||30.125 oz|
|Timex Indiglo Watch||1.125 oz|
|Total||70.000 oz/ 4.375 lbs|
- All weights were gauged with a digital scale accurate to 1/8 (.125) oz
- When on my long-hikes, I carry a zip lock with my ID, cash, Debit and Credit cards
- In my pack, on long hikes, I will carry a zip lock with maps, guide book sections, journal, etc. The overall weight will be ~9 lbs
- For longer hikes, I now go stoveless. More than the weights savings, it is the KISS principle I love. The weight savings is probably negligible as I do have to buy more (not all) non-dried food, but resupply and eating now has a a very little futz factor. Yeah! Thanks to Garlic and Pickle (and using this method on an AZT section) for showing me the utility of this idea!
- My biggest weight penalty and luxury is my camera setup when I take a DSLR. This beast with a zoom lens and case weighs in at ~3 lbs. :O I willingly take it as I am a serious amateur and love taking photos. If I am going quick and dirty, I'll take a Canon Powershot A1200 for about 7 oz 'penalty' Great little camera esp for the price!
- On most of hikes, I do not take Deet or a bug net (Yeah for CO dryness!), but I still included it for comparison.
- Finally, this gear list is for three-season hiking. I define three season-hiking as having lows of no less than 15F or so and snow that is not permanent. For most of my Colorado hiking, this range is normally seen in mid-late June up until late Sept/early October. In shoulder season hiking, (such as when I did the Benton MacKaye Trail ) , I'll swap in an additional fleece hat, a lined windshirt and my heavier shell. Call it a ~1.5 lb weight penalty total.
- On more technical trips (climbing? more 'hard core bushwhacking'?), I'll take the heavier shell as well.
- When on climbing trips, I definitely take the point and shoot camera. My buddies don't like it when I am taking them off belay so I can shoot some photos. 😉
- So, depending on the trip, all my solo gear can weigh up to 15 lbs or as little 8 lbs.
- Which is why there are different tools for different jobs! 😀