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.

Clothing Worn

Columbia Sportswear Insect Blocker Shirt

Tilley SunHat –

REI Convertible Pants

Darn Tough Socks

Asics GT-2000 Trail shoes


Clothing Carried

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

REI Spoon

8 oz.


Sawyer Squeeze Filter– 3 oz.

Camelback – 4 oz.

7 oz.


Pocket PCT Databook – 3.8oz

Guthook’s PCT App

Halfmiles PCT App

Compass 2 oz.

6 oz.


Phone – 1 oz.

Phone charger


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.

Uncalculated Items

First Aid Kit


Water Bottles

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.



7 thoughts on “Gear

  1. Heather Tipton

    HI Jay. I was reading your list and was wondering where your knife, duct tape and rope were. These items can always come in handy for many situations and would not necessarily add a lot of weight. Just a thought.

  2. Rick

    Good looking blog and list Jay!

    What about a pocket knife? I carry a modest Swiss Army pocket knife ( (two blade) not the one with the corkscrew and fork/ spoon of course) when I am out (I am a Scout so always a must for me – Be Prepared!) – Rick

    1. jayrocksd Post author

      Thanks Rick and Heather. I am taking my Swiss army pocket knife, which is in my pile of stuff to take but wasn’t on the list. I am also taking duct tape, which will probably go in my first aid kit, or wrapped around hiking poles if I decide to take them. No rope though.

    1. jayrocksd Post author

      Haven’t you seen the Mythbusters episode on duct tape? They rappelled down a mountain using duct tape as the harness and the rope. 🙂


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