Gear

Researching, studying, and practicing with your gear is one of the most important considerations when trying to complete a thru-hike.  It can make or break you, it can save your life, and it can dramatically increase your enjoyment hiking.  Go lightweight!  The gear today is incredible and you should take advantage of the new materials that are available.  Even if you don’t have a big budget there are still plenty of ways to cut weight.


Gear List (xlsx)

Type Item Quantity Weight (g) oz lb Cost (CDN)
THE BIG 5
Shelter Zpacks Duplex Tarp Tent w/ cuben bag + 10 stakes w/ cuben bag (83 g) 1 713 25.15 1.57 $831.00
Backpack Zpacks Arc Blast 60 L pack 1 667 23.53 1.47 $436.00
Sleeping bag Zpacks 20F down bag w/ cuben dry bag 1 578 20.39 1.27 $580.00
Ground pad Therm-a-rest Z-Lite Sol (regular length) 1 427 15.06 0.94 $43.00
Sleeping pad Therm-a-rest Neoair X-Lite (long length) 1 333 11.75 0.73 $190.00
2718 95.87 5.99 $2,080.00
ITEMS OFF-PACK
Shoes ASICS Men’s GEL Cumulus 16 (11.5) 1 718 25.33 1.58 $80.00
Trekking poles Black diamond ergo cork poles 1 569 20.07 1.25 $161.00
Pant MEC nylon pant w/ pockets (no cargo pockets) 1 261 9.21 0.58 $50.00
Long sleeve MEC long sleeve 75% nylon, 25% polyester (stops Mesquito bites) 1 202 7.13 0.45 $35.00
Smart phone Nexus 5 w/ case 1 145 5.11 0.32 $225.00
Underwear Under Armour Boxerjock 6″ legs 1 76 2.68 0.17 $20.00
Hat Baseball cap 1 46 1.62 0.10 $10.00
Gaiters Dirty girl gaiters 1 36 1.27 0.08 $20.00
Sock Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro Quarter Sock: White LG 1 31 1.09 0.07 $15.00
Sunglasses Polarized sunglasses w/ ziplock snackbag 1 23 0.81 0.05 $30.00
Tape 10 ft gorilla tape (wrapped around poles) 1 13 0.46 0.03 $5.00
2120 74.78 4.67 $651.00
CLOTHS IN-PACK
Thermal jacket Montbell Superior Down Parka – 800 fill 1 256 9.03 0.56 $225.00
Rain jacket OR Men’s Helium 2 Jacket 1 180 6.35 0.40 $216.00
Thermal bottom Long johns 1 145 5.11 0.32 $10.00
T-shirt North Face t-shirt 100% polyester 1 133 4.69 0.29 $20.00
Shorts Underarmor heatgear nylon shorts w/ liner and pockets 1 116 4.09 0.26 $20.00
Rain shorts Frog Toggs UL rain pants (cut into shorts) 1 80 2.82 0.18 $30.00
Socks Darn tuff socks 1/4″ marino wool 1 69 2.43 0.15 $23.00
Towel Bandana (also attached to my hat) 1 37 1.31 0.08 $5.00
Gloves The North Face E-Tip gloves 1 37 1.31 0.08 $50.00
Socks Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro Quarter Sock: White LG 1 31 1.09 0.07 $8.00
Warm hat Fleece hat 1 31 1.09 0.07 $10.00
Bug net Mosquito head net 1 18 0.63 0.04 $5.00
1133 39.97 2.50 $622.00
COOKING
Pot, Cup GSI Soloist (pot, lid, cup w/ cozy) 1 259 9.14 0.57 $55.00
Fuel Jet Boil isopropane canister empty (holds 230 g of fuel) 1 147 5.19 0.32 $-
Stove MSR MicroRocket 1 73 2.58 0.16 $66.00
Fuel efficiency DIY reflectix pot cozzy with lid 1 39 1.38 0.09 $5.00
Utensil Optimus long titanium spoon 1 20 0.71 0.04 $12.00
Cleanup GSI Compact Scraper (Spatula) 1 16 0.56 0.04 $5.00
Fire Mini Bic Lighter 1 10 0.35 0.02 $2.00
Strainer 1/2 tea ball 1 8 0.28 0.02 $3.00
Fuel efficiency DIY aluminum foil windscreen 1 8 0.28 0.02 $5.00
Cleanup 1/2 scratchy spong 1 8 0.28 0.02 $3.00
588 20.74 1.30 $156.00
MISCELLANEOUS
Sleep Exped pillow 1 75 2.65 0.17 $50.00
Wallet Visa, Mastercard, Cash ($200 USD), Drivers License, Passport, PCT Permit 1 59 2.08 0.13 $200.00
Writing Little notebook w/ pencil and Sharpy 1 55 1.94 0.12 $5.00
Bag 14L Sylnylon bag for clothes and miscellaneous 1 55 1.94 0.12 $15.00
Food bag Cuben fiber food bag 1 44 1.55 0.10 $39.00
Cordage 2.2mm Z-Line Slick (50ft) 1 40 1.41 0.09 $15.00
Knife Swiss Army knife (mini classic) 1 20 0.71 0.04 $23.00
Fire Bic lighter (regular) 1 20 0.71 0.04 $2.00
Towel Lightload towel 1 17 0.60 0.04 $15.00
Waste The duece of spades trowl 1 16 0.56 0.04 $32.26
Bottles 60 mL GSI condiment bottle (for sunscreen) 1 8 0.28 0.02 $2.00
Skin care Burts Bees lip balm container 1 6 0.21 0.01 $5.00
Navigation Small compass 1 4 0.14 0.01 $10.00
Organization Small cuben fiber bag (for Bic lighter) 1 4 0.14 0.01 $5.00
423 14.92 0.93 $418.26
ELECTRONICS
Power RAVPower Portable Charger 6700mAh 1 142 5.01 0.31 $23.00
Light Blackdiamond Revolt headlamp (rechargable) 1 97 3.42 0.21 $70.00
Charger Aukey Dual USB charger w/ 6ft micro usb, 1ft mirco usb 1 70 2.47 0.15 $14.00
Microphone Edutige ESL-001 mic lapel cable, mic level, headphone jack 1 28 0.99 0.06 $56.00
Headphones Headphones 1 17 0.60 0.04 $10.00
Digital storage Patriot 64 GB USB/microUSB storage 1 8 0.28 0.02 $30.00
Microphone Edutige EIM-001 high gain mic 1 6 0.21 0.01 $56.00
368 12.98 0.81 $259.00
WATER
Treatment Sawyer Squeeze (large) w/ 1 back flush cap from Smartwater bottle 1 96 3.39 0.21 $60.00
Carriers Evernew bladder (2 L) 2 90 3.17 0.20 $28.00
Bottles Smart Water bottle (1 L) 2 82 2.89 0.18 $5.00
Treatment Chlorine dioxide holding bottles 9ml each 2 8 0.28 0.02 $30.00
Treatment Chlorine dioxide mixing bottle (only allow 1 day max for mixed aquamira solution – should be bright yellow, 7 – 10 drops / L) 1 4 0.14 0.01 $3.00
Ziplock Ziplock (for holding chemical filter bottles) 1 3 0.11 0.01 $-
283 9.98 0.62 $126.00
CONSUMABLES
Nutrition Food (5 kg – 5 days) 1 5000 176.37 11.02 $60.00
Hydration Water (1 L – 7 miles) 1 1000 35.27 2.20 $-
Fuel Isopropane (230 g – 2.66 g / 250mL boiled. Lasts ~ 15 – 30 days) 1 230 8.11 0.51 $8.00
Skin care Sunscreen (40 mL) 1 44 1.55 0.10 $5.00
Hands Sanitizer (30 mL) 1 30 1.06 0.07 $1.00
Mouth Toothpaste (18 mL) 1 24 0.85 0.05 $2.00
Water treatment Aquamira (20 mL) 1 20 0.71 0.04 $15.00
Pain control Ibprofin (20 tablets at 400 mg) 20 16 0.56 0.04 $3.00
Bum Toliet paper 1 15 0.53 0.03 $-
Pain control High strenth pain killers (10 tablets) 10 8 0.28 0.02 $-
Stomach Pepto-bismol (6 tablets) 6 7 0.25 0.02 $1.00
First aid Azithromycin (3 day antibiotic) 6 5 0.18 0.01 $20.00
Ears Q-tips 10 5 0.18 0.01 $-
Skin care Burts Bees Lip Balm Mango 1 4 0.14 0.01 $5.00
Mouth Floss 1 3 0.11 0.01 $1.00
Hygiene Wet wipes (dryed out) 1 3 0.11 0.01 $-
Bandage Bandaid (2 normal, 1 small) 3 1 0.04 0.00 $-
6415 226.28 14.14 $121.00
Weight (g) oz lb
Total weight   14048 495.53 30.97  
  Total pack weight (no off-pack items)   11928 420.75 26.30  
  Total pack base weight (no consumables)   5513 194.47 12.15
FOR SECTIONS
Bears Bear Vault BV500 (sierras) 1162 40.99 2.56 $97.00
Climbing Kahtoola Microspikes (north cascades) 408 14.39 0.90 $79.00
Climbing Camp Corsa Ice axe (north cascades) 213 7.51 0.47 $161.00
1783 62.89 3.93 $337.00
Total gear cost         $4,770.26
             
  Total weight w/ section items   15831 558.42 34.90  
  Total pack weight (no off-pack items)   13711 483.64 30.23  
  Total pack base weight (no consumables)   7296 257.36 16.08

 


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