Gear & Clothing List

GEAR NOTES
Pack:
ULA Catalyst 75L

 

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Survived 6 months along the PCT and then some. The natural choice but zero air ventilation for your back and limited pockets.
Pack Cover:
ULA pack cover

 

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Made from seamless silicon impregnated rip stop nylon.
Tent:
Tarp Tent Moment

 

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Single wall, single door, ultra light shelter under 1kg with one pole and two stakes. 1 minute to set up. Stands up to wind, rain and light snow.
Ground sheet:
Tyvek

 

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Ordered through Amazon for $10 (came with grommets which I don’t use). Best to wash the Tyvek before use so it’s not so crinkly.
Sleeping bag:
ULA -7°C (-20°F)

 

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I think this bag has lost some of its warmth after the PCT and from storing it compressed. I am definitely in the market for a new one.
Sleeping pad:
Thermarest Z Lite

 

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The most comfortable foam you’ll ever sleep on, plus you can sit on the pad during breaks, and it will stop your pack from falling over if you have it strapped vertically to the outside of your pack. Finally replaced the old one, which I now use as a foot rest when sitting at my desk.
Pillow case:
Hand made from fleece

 

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My mum made this out of an old fleece blanket. I stuff it with my synthetic jacket and other clothes I don’t wear to bed for the perfect pillow.
Dromedary bag:
MSR 4L (with hose & mouthpiece cap)

 

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Same brand as the one I used on the PCT, which I recently replaced after losing it.
Water bottles:
Gatorade bottle x 2

 

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Will use one to fill up at water sources and the other to squeeze/filter water into.
Dry bag:
8L Sea to Summit

 

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For clothing
Food bag:
20L Sea to Summit

 

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Will use to carry and hang food.
Compression sack:
15L Kathmandu

 

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I usually carry my sleeping bag in a dry bag but my 20L bag is too big and I’m yet to purchase a smaller one.
Hiking poles:
Black Diamond Distance FLZ

 

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Adjustable aluminum poles 105-125cm. Not as good as my carbon 110cm pair that snapped after 5 months on the PCT. Don’t like the new ventilated grips that have already given me a blister, but regardless I still swear by Black Diamond poles. (Will use the carbide tips, not the rubber ones).
Water filter:
Sawyer squeeze

 

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After testing almost every water filtration system on the PCT (pump, drops, Steripen) I ended up with the squeeze and am still using it. Hope it’s still working!
Water treatment:
Aqua tabs

 

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Will take in addition to the filter for backup and emergency.
Head lamp:
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

 

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Low and high beam settings plus red lamp option. Survived the PCT and still kicking on.
Stove:
Primus

 

Primus Stove

We’re using Steve’s Primus stove as opposed to my alcohol stove as it boils faster and my pot is only big enough for one person (600ml).
Gas:
Primus

 

Gas

450g Power Gas Canister.
Cook wear/dishes:
Japan

 

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Steve’s ancient set of nesting bowls made in Japan.
Spork:
Vargo Titanium

 

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The only utensil I have ever needed alongside my tiny pocket knife.
Cup:
Coleman

 

Mug

12 Ounce Enamelware Coffee Mug.
CLOTHING NOTES
Shoes:
Vasque Mantra 2.0

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I worked four months in a hiking footwear department before picking this pair. They provide the comfort, stability and tread I’ve been looking for in a hiking shoe as opposed to my old sneakers.
Gaiters:
Integral Designs eVent shorty gaiters

 

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If the weather forecast is for dry weather I’ll try out these, otherwise I’ll take my full length OR gortex pair.
Sunglasses:
Cancer Council Australia

 

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Exact same brand and style as the ones I wore on the PCT, minus the one billion scratches.
Watch:
Polar

 

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Same watch as I wore on the PCT – it’s not as waterproof as it used to be but it’s good enough.
Camp shoes:
Teva Verra Sandal

 

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Still debating between these or my trusty purple Frocs. Their advantage is definitely grip but they’re not the most comfortable sandal. At least they’re the same colour.
Down vest:
Quechua

 

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Bought in Spain during the Camino. Awesome vest, super light to carry and keeps your core warm and toasty.
Wind breaker:
Marmot

 

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Marmot Original Wind shirt DriClime® for women. One of the best pieces of technical clothing I own. It weighs next to nothing and protects me completely from the wind.
T-shirt:
Mountain Designs

 

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Made from smart wool. Dries quickly, less odour, but the wool tears very easily.
Hiking shirt:
White Sierra

 

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This shirt was given to me by a woman named Karen (joined by her friends Marilyn and Shirley) during the PCT after telling them nightmare stories about the mosquitos in Yosemite.
Sports Bra:
Champion

 

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Same bra as I wore on the PCT, hasn’t fallen apart yet so I’m pretty impressed.
Warm jacket:
Arc’teryx Women’s Ceva Hoody

 

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I’d love a super lightweight down jacket but this synthetic one got me through freezing temperatures and snow in Washington in 2013 so I’m going to stick with it for now.
Pants/shorts:
Kathmandu

 

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Zip off pants turn into very short shorts. I like the cargo style pockets and lightweight fabric but I think they hug my thighs too much and restrict my full stride.
Sleep pants:
Smartwool

 

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Base layer to wear around camp and sleep in at night. Super warm and comfortable.
Sleep singlet:
Ally

 

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Scoop neck strap cotton singlet (shouldn’t really travel with cotton but to sleep in it’s okay).
Sun hat:
Nike Daybreak Dri-Fit

 

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Super light hat with allover mesh for breathability
Socks:
Mountain Designs/Wright/Icebreaker/Keen

 

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3 x pairs of ankle socks for walking, 2 x long woolen socks for sleeping.
Bandana:
Matt – buff/Head Gear Multi Scarf

 

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Same bandana as the PCT – keeps hair out of my face and doubles as a sweat band.
Knee braces:
Mueller

 

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Mueller Knee Stabilizer with the steel springs cut out
TOILETRIES/
MISCELLANEOUS
NOTES
Cell phone:
iPhone 4S

 

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Mainly for photos and taking notes for the blog.
Phone charger:
Power pod x 2 & charge cord

 

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Ideally I would have my Suntactics S-Charger 5 solar panel, but I still need to purchase a new one.
Safety Pin

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Large pin used for drying socks and underwear while hiking.
Sunscreen:
Rite Aid

 

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Small bottle that clips to the side of my pack for easy access. Same as PCT hike. Easy to refill.
Hand sanitizer

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Small bottle that clips to the side of my packs for easy access. Same as PCT hike. Easy to refill.
Bug repellent:
Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent

 

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I will take the spray for minimal application and the wipes if I need to cover my entire body from head to toe.
Pocket knife:
Swiss Army Ambassador

 

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Smallest and most light weight pocket knife I’ve ever seen. Has knife, scissor, file and even a tweezer. Perfect for unexpected cougar attacks and cutting cheese.
Lighter:
Bic

 

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Small lighter to light stove. These things never run out. It lasted me 5 months on the PCT and is still going.
Duct Tape:
Coghlan’s Handy Duct Tape 1.8m

 

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Would normally attach to my hiking poles but like to take it on kayak trips without my poles.
Wipes:
Preven’s 

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Preven’s Paris Pocket 100% biodegradable antiseptic antibacterial wipes Pack 10 pcs.
Dishwashing:
Sierra Dawn Campsuds and sponge

 

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I don’t usually carry campsuds but I’ll give them a try. You can cut a regular sponge in half to save space.
Pain killers:
Aleve and Ibuprofen liquid caps

 

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A combination of both packed into a ziplock bag.
Antiseptic cream:
Bepanthen

 

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Also good for sun burn, skin chafing, chapped lips & stings.
First Aid

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Band-Aids, moleskin, sports tape.
Rope

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To hang food from bears. I won’t lie, I haven’t put a lot of thought into this part yet.
Lil’ Muk Muk

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Couldn’t exactly leave him at home.
Pee bandana

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It may seem a little gross but it’s better than drip drying or using toilet paper. (I’ll strap it to the side of my pack much to Steve’s horror).
Hair tie

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To hold back my lushes locks.
Wallet

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ID, credit card and $100.

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