Deborah at Bark Shanty on Lower Big Quilcene Trail
About The Gear List…
Backpackers know that the gear in our packs vary from trail to trail. This is a list of the gear we have to choose from. The packs I’ve carried between 1970 and today range between 65lbs (29.4kg) to 12lbs (5.4kg) in weight. On average, with my camera gear, my pack weighs in around 26lbs (11.8kg) for a three-day weekend hike.
It has taken years to be exposed by most backcountry scenarios and to build an inventory that suits my comfort level for a safe and pleasant experience. What I want and feel like carrying dictates what goes in my pack. I may carry something for no logical reason other than I wanted to. Other times, such as distance hikes, I am much more deliberate about what I carry.
For you “do-it-yourself” hikers, I would strongly suggest visiting Ray Jardine’s website. Ray and Jenny are high on my list of inspirational people. They sell kits to make your own gear such as tarps, backpacks, quilts, etc.
- Tarptent Cloudburst 3
- Tarptent Double Rainbow
- ZPacks Hexamid Solo Plus
- Mountain Hardware Dry-Q Bivy
- Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Ultralight
- My favorite tent stake – They’re awesome!
- ZPacks 6.25 inch Uncoated Titanium Stakes
- My 2nd favorite tent stakes.
- MSR Blizzard Stakes
- For snow & beach camping.
- MSR Groundhog Stakes
- Were my favorites until the Nail Peg.
- Great multipurpose stake.
- Trail Designs
- Snow Peak
- Numerous DIY alcohol stoves.
- Snow Peak
- Sea To Summit
- General Ecology
- First Need Deluxe (By far the best purifier on the market).
- Sea To Summit Mosquito Headnet
- Garcia Backpacker Cache 812
- Ursack S29 All White
- Counter Assault Bear Pepper Spray
- GoLite Hex 3 (name changed to Shangri-La) – Golite is Out of business.
- GoLite Ray-Way 2 person Tarp w/bug nest – Golite is Out of business.
- Gossamer Gear Squall
- Marmot Kompressor Verve 42
- Deuter ACT Lite 60+10
- Gossamer Gear
- Marmot Plasma 15
- REI Sub Kilo 0° (2001)
- Golite 20° (1999)
- Sea To Summit UltraLight Insulated Mattress
- TorsoLite Mattress (no longer made)