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 18lbs (8.1kg) 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.


This will be the list of items we choose from, because Deborah and I have different reason’s for what we carry, we will each do a separate post.


I’m not much into brand loyalty though the list may seem otherwise. I look at what everyone has to offer and choose according to my needs. Most of the time I don’t even start looking at the brands I’m using first but end up there anyway. I was a Snow Peak dealer many years ago when they were first coming to the USA so I do have a lot of their products, a few of which they don’t make anymore. Same goes with GoLite, a company that went out of business last year.


At one time I was a huge Gossamer Gear evangelist and have lost count with how many hikers bought their products after my lengthy demonstrations on the trail. A few of their Trail Ambassadors were introduced to Gossamer Gear through me. My ego and feelings were hurt when they wouldn’t make me a Trail Ambassador so I have quit using their products. Childish, I know, but I am human and susceptible irrational behavior. That said, Gossamer Gear’s philosophy is very much like my own and their products are outstanding!


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:


I am at a writer’s block. Check back once in a while as I will add items as I remember them.




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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