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.











Water Purification:

  • Sawyer
    • Mini
    • Squeeze
    • I won’t use their bags, they break. Instead us a SmartWater bottle from grocery store.
  • General Ecology


Animal Protection:

Retired Gear:


Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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