Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Castella to Crater Lake

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Sonora Pass to Castella Photos

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Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: The High Sierra – Part 2

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GEAR REVIEW: Enlightened Equipment Enigma 20 Degree Quilt

One tester cowboy camps  with his Enigma on the PCT
One tester cowboy camps with his Enigma on the PCT

Technical Specs

Weight: 22.75oz (XL/Xwide)

The foot box
The foot box

Material: 750 fil down (now made w/ 800-900fp),
Phantom 10D nylon.

Store: Enlightened Equipment  ($250)

Mileage before Review: 2,668+ miles

Longest Test: 2,668+ miles on the Pacific Crest Trail

**Cottage Shop Quality***
**Thru-Hike Approved**
Continue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Enlightened Equipment Enigma 20 Degree Quilt”

GEAR REVIEW: Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Tarp

jacinto
Tarping in high winds in the San Jacinto Wilderness

Technical Specs

Sleeping in the tarp
Sleeping in the tarp

Weight: 8.1oz (including guylines)

Material: .52oz/sqyd cuben fiber

Dimensions: 11′ ridge line, 8′ 6” wide

Store: www.hammockgear.com

Mileage before Review: 1000+ miles

Longest Test: 700 miles

**Cottage Shop Quality***
**Thru-Hike Approved**
Continue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Tarp”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: The High Sierra – Part 1

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Marie Lake from Selden Pass
Marie Lake from Selden Pass
Evolution Lake
Evolution Lake
Along Wanda Lake
Along Wanda Lake

Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: The High Sierra – Part 1”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Crater Lake to Canadian Border

Section: Crater Lake to Canadian Border

SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN
BACKPACK SYSTEM
Pack ULA Circuit 40 yes
Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18 yes
SHELTER SYSTEM
Tarp Outdoor Equipment Supplier Maccat Tarp 15 yes
Ground Cloth Tyvek Ground Cloth 4.8 yes
SLEEP SYSTEM
Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85 yes
Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (long) 15.92 yes
CLOTHING SYSTEM
Socks #2 Socks 1 yes
Underwear Patagonia Underwear 4.7 yes
Hiking Shorts NYU Shorts 11 yes
Hiking Shirt Marmot LS Shirt 7 yes
Insulation Top Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hoody 13.85 yes
Wind Shell Bottom NOLs Wind Pants 10.63 yes
Rain Shell Top Marmot Super Mica Rain Jacket 9.95 yes
Insulating Hat Outdoor Designs Hat 0.74 yes
Bandana Bandana 1.29 yes
FOOTWEAR
Shoes New Balance Trail Runners 23.52 yes
Socks #1 Socks 1 yes
COOKING SYSTEM
Stove Snow Peak Giga Power Stove 1.98 yes
Cook Pot GSI Outdoors Cook Pot 7.69 yes
Utensil Long Spoon 0.51 yes
HYDRATION SYSTEM
Water Filter Sawyer Squeeze 3.42 yes
Water Scoop DIY Scoop/Adapter 0.59 yes
Water storage lL Bladder 1.41 yes
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.29 yes
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.3 yes
SURVIVAL
Light Petzl Tikka Head Lamp 3.19 yes
Fire Starter Mini Bic Lighter 0.4 yes
Toothbrush Portable Toothbrush w/ toothpaste 1.05 yes
Cash/Credit Card cash/Credit/atm Card/ID 0.5 yes
ELECTRONICS
Phone/music Galaxy s4 6.27 yes
Charger phone charger 2 yes
Battery Anker Battery 4.78 yes
ITEMS CARRIED
Trek poles Black Diamond Trek Poles 20.22 yes
Base Weight 173.3 68.73

 

Conditions Faced:

North of Crater Lake, it rained almost continuously for four days. Had I not been given a rudimentary tarp, I would have been in big trouble. From that point on, it did not rain until Washington.

Through Oregon, temperatures stayed hot, but all the trees provided enough shade to not hike in a hat. Some people never ditched their sun hats. I hiked in a bandana from mid Oregon to the border.

Mosquitos were still a problem through most of Oregon and the southern half of Washington.

It rained three times in Washington, and temperatures reached a low of 17 degrees on the third to last night on the trail. For the most part, the weather was perfect for hiking. North of Trout Lake, days fluctuated between 60 to 75 degrees. Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Crater Lake to Canadian Border”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Tuolumne Meadows to Crater Lake

Section: Tuolumne Meadows to Crater Lake

SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN
BACKPACK SYSTEM
Pack ULA Circuit 40
Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18
SHELTER SYSTEM
Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 1.3
SLEEP SYSTEM
Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85
Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (long) 15.92
CLOTHING SYSTEM
Socks #2 Socks 1.5
Underwear Patagonia Underwear 4.7
Hiking Shorts NYU Shorts 11
Hiking Shirt Marmot LS Shirt 7
Insulation Top Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hoody 13.85
Wind Shell Bottom Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants 3.26
Wind Shell Top Montbell Tachyon Anorak 2.82
Rain Shell Top Marmot Super Mica Rain Jacket 9.95
Insulating Hat Outdoor Designs Hat 0.74
Bandana Bandana 1.29
Sun Hat NOLs Hat 2.82
FOOTWEAR
Shoes New Balance Trail Runners 23.52
Socks #1 Socks 1.5
Gaiters Dirty Girl gaiters 1.74
COOKING SYSTEM
Stove Snow Peak Giga Power Stove 1.98
Cook Pot GSI Outdoors Cook Pot 7.69
Utensil Long Spoon 0.51
HYDRATION SYSTEM
Water Filter Sawyer Squeeze 3.42
Water Scoop DIY Scoop/Adapter 0.59
Water storage 2l Bladder 1.3
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.29
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.3
SURVIVAL
Light Petzl Tikka Head Lamp 3.19
Fire Starter Mini Bic Lighter 0.4
Toothbrush Portable Toothbrush w/ toothpaste 1.05
Cash/Credit Card cash/Credit/atm Card/ID 0.5
ELECTRONICS
Phone/music Galaxy s4 6.27
Charger phone charger 1.5
ITEMS CARRIED
Trek poles Black Diamond Trek Poles 20.22
Base Weight(oz) 145.36 73.79

 

Conditions Faced: 

I skipped the section Between Tuolumne and Sonora Pass to do some day hikes in Yosemite National Park and Big Sur. I also went to the Bay Area for some time off the trail. North of Sonora Pass was very hot. Temperatures were often in the 90s and rain was a complete non factor. Around Lake Tahoe, temperatures weren’t too bad, and you could still hike during midday. Around Sierra City, the heat became oppressive. From that point onward, days were dry, and brutally hot. Rain was non existent. Through Old Station, Burney, Shasta, Etna, and Seiad Valley, temperatures were between 85 to 100+ degrees. Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Tuolumne Meadows to Crater Lake”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

Section: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN
BACKPACK SYSTEM
Pack ULA Circuit 40
Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18
SHELTER SYSTEM
Shelter BA Fly Creek 2 (Shared Weight) 18
Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 1.3
SLEEP SYSTEM
Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85
Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (long) 15.92
CLOTHING SYSTEM
Socks #2 REI Lite Hiker Socks 2.07
Underwear Patagonia Underwear 4.7
Hiking Shorts NYU Shorts 11
Hiking Shirt Marmot LS Shirt 7
Insulation Top Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hoody 13.85
Wind Shell Bottom Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants 3.26
Wind Shell Top Montbell Tachyon Anorak 2.82
Rain Shell Top Marmot Super Mica Rain Jacket 9.95
Insulating Hat Outdoor Designs Hat 0.74
Gloves Mountain Hardware Orko Gloves 1.82
Bandana Bandana 1.29
Buff Buff 1.5
Sun Hat NOLs Hat 2.82
FOOTWEAR
Shoes New Balance Trail Runners 23.52
Socks 1 Darn Tough Socks 2.09
COOKING SYSTEM
Stove Snow Peak Giga Power Stove 3.71
Cook Pot Imusa Pot with DIY Lid 4.07
Utensil Sea to Summit Long Spoon 0.51
Towel Glamoflauge 0.55
HYDRATION SYSTEM
Water Filter Sawyer Mini 1.62
Water Scoop DIY Scoop/Adapter 0.59
Water storage 2L bladder 1.29
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.29
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.3
SURVIVAL
Light Petzl Tikka Head Lamp 3.19
Fire Starter Mini Bic Lighter 0.4
First Aid First aid kit (trimmed down 1.04
Toothbrush Portable Toothbrush w/ toothpaste 1.05
Toilet Paper Small Roll of TP 2.23
Repair Kit repair kit 1.28
Cash/Credit Card cash/Credit/atm Card/ID 0.4
Bear Can Bear Vault 500 40.16
ELECTRONICS
Phone/music Galaxy s4 6.27
Charger Charger 1.5
ITEMS CARRIED
Trek poles Black Diamond Trek Poles 20.22
Base Weight (Oz) 207.24 74.14

 

Conditions Faced: 

2014 was a low snow year. It barely rained, and was mostly sunny everyday. Although temperatures reached the 30’s, I was never cold sharing a tent with my girlfriend, Legs. It rained once. Temperatures were generally lower than what was faced in the desert. Sitting in the shade could be chilly. Snow was never really a factor, except for some post holing on the northern sides of a few passes. The biggest change was the possibility for dangerous conditions. We faced none. Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows”

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