PCT 17 Gear List

(Updated 4/19)

Hey guys,

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:

https://lighterpack.com/r/9ss8a4

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!

Category Item Name weight
Shelter/Big 4 Hexamid solo tarp 6.7
Shelter/Big 4 Sea to summit bug net 2.9
Shelter/Big 4 Polycro 1.5
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 Mini Bic 0.4
Cooking Plastic spoon 0.1
Cooking Talenti jar 1.3
Cooking Shaker ball 0.7
Cooking S2S bag 13L + BASECAMP odor-proof liner 1.3
 Cooking  Zpacks bear line 30’ish  .8
Water Sawyer squeeze 2.5
Water Evernew 2L 1.5
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 Charger 1
Misc Headphones 0.5
Misc Pencil/paper/maps 2
Misc 1st aid + repair 2.5
Misc Spare phone battery x2 3.6
Misc Wallet/cash/cards 0.5
Misc Euroschirm swing liteflex UV umbrella 8
Misc Fenix LD02 1