Gear list

The "Big 4" - heaviest items in the pack / biggest way to save weight

  • ULA Equipment Circuit pack (65 L)
    • Osprey Talon 33 for day trips/14er summits
  • Katabatic Gear Palisade quilt (30 deg)
    • Prefer quilts to sleeping bags (eliminates the zipper and the mummy feeling)
  • Integral Designs Siltarp 2 (8x10' silnylon tarp)
    • MSR Thru Hiker Mesh Nest (2 person bug inner nest)
  • Thermarest Neoair sleeping pad

My Backpacking & Day Hike Clothing

  • Patagonia Capilene 1 long-sleeve t-shirt (need to be long-sleeved for sun protection)
  • Patagonia Alpine Guide pants (most durable climbing/backpacking pants ever)
  • Patagonia R1 pullover (critical)
  • Patagonia Nano Puff pullover (in pack)
  • Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket (in pack)
  • Trail runners.  Jury is still out.  I've had bad experience with Hoka's on trail, good experience with Salomon XA 3D's, and am wanting to try Altra Lone Peak's.

Other stuff

  • Black Diamond trekking poles
  • ACR 406MHz beacon (although I am considering a SPOT in 2016)
  • Petzl Taktika headlamp
  • Sea-to-Summit mosquito headnet
  • Snow Peak LiteMax stove
  • Snow Peak 1.4L titanium pot
  • Vargo titanium spoon
  • AquaMira chlorine drops & nylon espresso coffee filter (pre-filter the stream water with the coffee filter, then use the chlorine drops).  Best tasting, most lightweight water purification solution I've found.
  • Bug spray
  • Unscented liquid soap in a tiny bottle (life saver)
  • Sunscreen
  • Tourniquet and field medical dressing (yes, the Army shows sometimes)