In my mission to take advantage of a slow cruise I’m trying to get some more articles up. Here’s a look at my gear plan for my upcoming PCT hike.
Sub-7 lb base weight for the win! Woooo!
Here’s the lighterpack which is a lot easier to read:
Some notes and changes from my AT hike:
Zpacks Zero is still going strong! Probably my favorite piece of gear last year. I sent it in to them to get a repair done on the bottom from a tear (only in the cordura layer) after sliding off some rocks the day before Mahoosuc Notch. I liked their gear and customer service so much I decided to invest in some other things from them: a 10F sleeping bag (I added the full zip so I can really use it in a lot more conditions, like a full quilt) and a used hexamid tarp from the bargain bin (REALLY excited about this). The PCT gets a lot less rainfall and I hope to cowboy camp as much as possible. IF I can sell my Fly Creek for around $200 (not unrealistic) the tarp is only $25 more to save a good 14.2 oz savings total (I’m including the ground sheet and bug net). For me- worth it. The zpacks bag was a lot more expensive but at least I saved $50 with a sale, and got the fleece hat for free. Worth it to be warmer?
In the Sierras I’m adding fleece bottoms if not before- took the plunge and ordered some tall inseam leggings from Athleta.
If the snow is bad, I might will bring microspikes as well…looking like it might be a heavy snow year. I am helped by this by my “late” start a good week or two into May though. Small possibility I will take my baselayers (cap 4 hoodie and the fleece bottoms) the whole way…we will see how the weather shapes up.
I will add a MP3 player because the batteries are more efficient for my primary phone use which is listening to music. There’s a possibility I will change my phone but really not sure on that yet.
I haven’t yet found a phone that’s as light, that still has an ok camera but replaceable batteries. Actually found a phone only a little heavier, but less than a year old, with the ability to take wide-angle photos AND a replaceable battery. Hope it works well!
|Shelter/Big 4||Hexamid solo tarp||6.7|
|Shelter/Big 4||Sea to summit bug net||2.9|
|Shelter/Big 4||Neoair Xlite Women’s||11.6|
|Shelter/Big 4||Zpacks 10F quilt w/stuff||23|
|Shelter/Big 4||Titanium stakes||0.2 x 6|
|Shelter/Big 4||Zpacks Zero 36L||9|
|Clothes||As Tucas wind pants||2|
|Clothes||Montbell tachyon wind jacket||1.4|
|Clothes||Goosefeet Gear jacket||7|
|Clothes||Uniqlo airism bikini||0.5|
|Clothes||Uniqlo airism bra (trimmed)||2|
|Clothes||Darn tough merino socks||1.5|
|Clothes||Zpacks fleece hat||0.9|
|Clothes||Montbell rain gloves||1.6|
|Clothes||M cuben stuff||0.3|
|Cooking||S2S bag 13L + BASECAMP odor-proof liner||1.3|
|Cooking||Zpacks bear line 30’ish||.8|
|Water||Smartwater bottle (extras as needed)||.9|
|Misc||Mini nail clippers||0.42|
|Misc||Deuce of spades (extra stake for tent)||0.6|
|Misc||Mp3 player, AGPtEK||1|
|Misc||LG G5 Phone||5.6|
|Misc||1st aid + repair||2.5|
|Misc||Spare phone battery x2||3.6|
|Misc||Euroschirm swing liteflex UV umbrella||8|