Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

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”

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 ultralight gear, especially backpacks. Today, many consider ULA as cottage shop royalty, as their packs hold a standard of excellence by many long distance hikers. Within ULA packs, testers and ULA alike, report the Circuit as the most used on trail. I will be taking my ULA Circuit with my on my PCT Thru Hike this April.
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GEAR REVIEW: Mountain Hardware UltraLamina 0 Degree Sleeping Bag

OVERVIEW:

imgresMountain 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.
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GEAR REVIEW: THERMAREST NEO AIR X-LITE SLEEPING PAD

GEAR REVIEW: THERMAREST NEO AIR X-LITE SLEEPING PAD

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, if I can I will bring my Warbonnet Hammock and sleep suspended between the trees with a gooey down under quilt below me. However, during my recent NOL’s Semester in Patagonia, I needed to find a good sleeping pad to sleep on for 85 continuous days. I also need a ground system for my upcoming thru hike on the PCT. Fortunately for me, I landed with the Thermarest NeoAir X-Lite sleeping pad, quite possibly the best sleeping pad that money can buy.

Neo Air X-Lite Size Chart
Neo Air X-Lite Size Chart

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GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY AETHER 85L BACKPACK

GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY AETHER 85L BACKPACK

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 loads and works particularly well as a traveler’s backpack or a mountaineering pack.

PROS:

Hiking up Glacier Calluqueo, Patagonia.

1. Durable: The only thing I had to replace on this pack over the years is a hip belt buckle and it was my fault that it broke. This pack is quite rugged and can take a punch. I brought the Aether with me to Patagonia. In an unknown valley just south of Cerro San Lorenzo, I found myself bushwhacking through chest high calafate (think giant thorn bush!) while traversing a 60 degree slope. Between the large river gorge to my left and the spiky gauntlet surrounding me, the last thing I needed was a pack that couldn’t hang. The thick fabric shrugged off the inch long prickers with ease. The Aether is not invincible, however. Over the years, small holes have been torn into the mesh back pocket but they do not spread and the mesh is still functional.

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