If you got a lot of gear I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my pack ain’t one
|Pack- Gossamer Gear Mariposa size small, shortened 2 inches to fit my frame||24|
|Shelter- Zpacks Hexamid Solo with optional door and 8 titanium stakes||12|
|Sleeping bag- Zpacks 10 degree sleeping bag, long||21|
|Sleeping bag stuff sack||2|
|Poly-cro ground sheet from Gossamer Gear||1.5|
|Neo-air x-lite size small||9|
|Gossamer Gear ThinLite 1/8 sleeping pad||2|
|small piece of tyvek||2|
|Samsung S3 Galaxy Smartphone in otterbox case (with guthook’s app and halfmile’s app and the water report, cached)||6|
|Suntactics s5 solar charger||8|
|Sansa Clip Mp3 Player||1|
|2 wall chargers for gadgets||2|
|Steripen Ultra water purifier||5.2|
|Plastic screw-top container to soak my dinners||2|
|Knife (tiny swiss army classic w/scissors and single blade)||1|
|Platypus 2-liter bottles x 2||2|
|Gatorade bottles x 2||2.5|
|Stuff sack for food||1|
|Tiny notebook and pen, a couple of postcards||2|
|Various small items in ziploc: Toothbrush and toothpaste, floss with sewing needle inside, earplugs, ibuprofen, earbuds, extra chapstick, tiny plastic camp mirror||4|
|One ounce bottle of camp soap||1|
|One ounce bottle of hand sanitizer||1|
|Full size bottle of sunscreen||4|
|Trash compactor bag liner||2|
|Zippered stuff sack for items||2|
|Extra pair of injinji toe socks||1.5|
|Western Mountaineering hooded flash jacket||9|
|Golite rain jacket||7|
|Nike hyperwarm tights||9|
|Lightweight fleece hat||1|
|Lightweight fleece gloves||1|
|Bandanna x 2||2|
|Square of dirty foam torn from filthy sleeping pad in hikerbox for pillow||1|
|Mosquito headnet as stuff sack for clothes||1|
|Total base weight of pack (this is the weight without food, water, fuel or worn clothing)||10.2 lbs aka BOOM!
Worn on my body: Patagonia women’s strider running shorts, RailRiders adventure shirt, Nike dri-fit sports bra, Brooks Cascadias, Injinji toe socks, Dirty Girl Gaiters, Gossamer Gear LT4S Trekking Poles.
Pack: I’m switching to a frameless pack this year. I actually hiked the first 500 miles of the trail last year with a frameless pack, the Gossamer Gear G4, but switched to the Mariposa as a frame felt good when carrying lots of water. Alas, the Mariposa is too long for my torso, even the size small, so I decided to go with a different pack this year, and am giving frameless another go. In the meantime I’ve been trying to bully the folks at Gossamer Gear into making a smaller size, as I love their framed packs, but they don’t actually believe that the size small pack can possibly be too long for anyone, even after I sent them this photo of my “traditional” pack, an REI women’s flash pack, which fits me AWESOME in the torso, alongside the GG size small Mariposa:
Update: Gossamer Gear shortened the straps on my pack 2 inches, and now it fits my torso! (And they’re coming out with a production version of my shorter pack this summer.) They had the pack for me at kickoff, and I sent the MLD home- I’ve been carrying the GG the whole way!
My gear list from the PCT 2013 is here.
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