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 CLOTHINGContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows”

Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack

“The most comfortable pack I have ever worn. Ever.” Unfortunately, it weighs over six pounds! But, using some of the best shoulder strap and hip belt technology around, this pack will haul big loads and do it with ease. Gregory’s unique design includes super padded shoulder straps and hip belt, which can shift left orContinue reading “Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack”

GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack

OVERVIEW: Here at Trail Lives, we absolutely love Cottage Gear Shops. Some of the best gear tested has come from these unlikely and relatively small companies, which are usually run by hikers like you and I. Founded in 2001 by a fellow thru hiker and located in Utah, Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) offers some amazing ultralightContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack”

GEAR REVIEW: Mountain Hardware UltraLamina 0 Degree Sleeping Bag

OVERVIEW: Mountain Hardware is no cottage shop. They are a titan of the outdoor apparel industry and they make pretty much everything. I have a few things from Mountain Hardware including their Orko Gloves, synthetic Compressor Jacket, and of course their UltraLamina 0* Sleeping Bag.


OVERVIEW: I have five sleeping pads. Five. All of them still work, all of them are relatively lightweight, and all of them lay abandoned in the corner of my room, collecting dust, and enticing the cat to use as a scratching post. I don’t like sleeping on the floor and never truly will. In fact,Continue reading “GEAR REVIEW: THERMAREST NEO AIR X-LITE SLEEPING PAD”


OVERVIEW: (DISCLAIMER: This was my first pack, so it holds a place in my heart!) Osprey is a great backpack company. Its humble origins began in Colorado and since then Osprey has become one of the biggest backpack manufacturers in the country. The Aether is a robust and versatile bag that can haul heavy loadsContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY AETHER 85L BACKPACK”