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.
- Marmot Force 2P
- Tarptent Double Rainbow
- ZPacks Hexamid Solo Plus
- 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
- No longer made so replaced with ZPacks Hexamid.
- 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.
- Marmot Kompressor Verve 42
- Deuter ACT Lite 60+10
- Gossamer Gear
- Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil pack cover
- Marmot Plasma 15
- REI Sub Kilo 0° (2001)
- Golite 20° (1999)
- Ray Way DIY Quilt
- Sea To Summit UltraLight Insulated Mattress
- TorsoLite Mattress (no longer made)
- Sea To Summit Silk Liner
- 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
I am at a writer’s block. Check back once in a while as I will add items as I remember them.