Ok, with only four weeks left until I start, I finally have all of my gear. (with the exception of the cooking pot which I ordered off of Amazon and seems to be on a rowboat from Japan. I will give that another week before I cancel it and just buy one from REI.) I really tried to get my base pack weight down to something manageable, as I did not want to carry a 55 lbs. pack like my brother and I did in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming. I am happy to say that it all comes out to about 15 lbs. minus food, fuel, and water, which is quite an improvement.
I also spent five days performing volunteer work on the PCT north of San Bernadino at a place called Mormon Rocks. That involved carrying 75 lbs concrete bars up the trail and using them to reinforce the outer edge of the trail in areas prone to washing out, as well as using a very large hoe/rake combination called a Mcleod to even out the trail and work on the drainage of water. There were definitely a few rough spots after the big rain last month. It was fun to go do that, and I may do it again as there is another opportunity for a few short days closer to home in April.
Anyway, here is the full list of gear
Tent – Copper Spur UL1 w/ footprint – 46 oz.
Sleeping Bag – Western Mountaneering Alpinlite (6’6”) – 33 oz.
Thermarest NeoAir L Sleeping pad – 16 oz.
Backpack (Osprey Exos 58 – L) – 42 oz.
Pack Cover – 4 oz.
8 lbs. 13 oz.
Columbia Sportswear Insect Blocker Shirt
Tilley SunHat -
REI Convertible Pants
Darn Tough Socks
Asics GT-2000 Trail shoes
Base thermal shirt – Smartwool NTS 250 mid-crew shirt 10 oz.
Base thermal bottoms – Patagonia Thermal Bottoms – 9 oz.
Marmot DriClime Wind Shirt – 5 oz.
Wind jacket – Patagonia Men’s Houdini Jacket– 4 oz.
2 Pair Socks – 4 oz.
Wool Hat – 2 Oz
North Face Gloves – 2 oz.
2 lbs. 4 oz.
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove– 4 oz
Evernew Titanium Non-Stick Pot (900ml) – 3.5oz
Sawyer Squeeze Filter– 3 oz.
Camelback – 4 oz.
Pocket PCT Databook – 3.8oz
Guthook’s PCT App
Halfmiles PCT App
Compass 2 oz.
Phone – 1 oz.
Suntactics S-Charger 5 – 10 oz.
Eddie Bauer Headlamp – 3 oz.
SPOT Generation 3 – 5 oz.
4 AAA batteries – 1 oz.
1 lbs. 4 oz.
First Aid Kit
Other Items To be Shipped down the Trail
Bear Vault– 44z
Black Diamond Ice Axe – 13.8 oz.
Rain Pants – 8 oz.
Down jacket – Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket – 4 oz.