This is the gear list I’m starting out with, but it’s likely to change along the way. I hope it gets lighter actually–this is a pretty heavy load to carry, and when including 2 gallons of water and food for a six day section, I could be carrying over 40 lbs (my pack is only rated for 30 lbs, though it can carry more but not very comfortably).

This is a desert trail, and my gear choices reflect that. Cold nighttime temperatures until May, intense solar radiation, and a high water carrying capacity all impact the choices I’ve made. Part of the exploration of a long hike is figuring out what you actually need, and it often ends up different than what you started with.

Gear List

Gear: (Total Weight: 17.8 lbs, including worn clothing and shoes, and 14.6 lbs not including worn clothing, shoes, and poles)
Backpack (Total Weight: 20.5 oz (1.3 lbs))
ZPacks ArcBlast              15.9 oz
Additional pouches (hipbelt and shoulder)     2.5 oz
Pack Liner   2.1 oz

Tent and sleeping (Total Weight: 55.2 oz (3.45 lbs))
ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent            16 oz
(inlcuding beak, groundsheet,
guylines, and stakes)
ZPacks Zero Degree Sleeping Bag       20.9 oz
Stuff sack    0.85 oz
Homemade insulated hood       4.15 oz
ThermaRest Neo Air full length inflatable sleeping pad w sack    13.3 oz

Cooking and hydration (Total Weight: 18.2 oz (1.1 lbs))
Pop can stove (homemade, cat food design)  0.2 oz
Wind screen  0.3 oz
Plastic water bottle for fuel (Heet, purchased in gas stations)
Lighter  0.8 oz
SnowPeak Trek 900 Titanium cookpot          5.5 oz
SnowPeak Titanium Spork                                0.6 oz
(I’m starting with it but will almost
certainly lose it along the way and
end up eat with a stick)
AquaMira Water Purification Drops   3 oz (full)
Platypus Water Bottle 2L x2                1.3 oz each, 2.6 oz both
Cuben Fiber Food Bag (12L capacity)  1.4 oz
Bear bagging kit: cord and carabiner   1.2 oz
Tiny Swiss Army knife   0.8 oz
Bag of multi-vitamins and fish oil capsules (17 of each–this will fluctuate)  2.6 oz

Clothing (Total Weight: 72 oz (4.5 lbs) including worn clothing, 55.8 oz (3.5 lbs) not including base worn clothing layer)
Aspire Pants by Athleta 7 oz
Running shorts (old Patagonia)    2.1 oz
Sun shirt   6 oz
Sports Bra  1 oz
Underwear, 3 pairs (one clean in the pack, one washed and drying on the pack, one worn)   3 oz
Socks (3 pairs of Smartwool PhD low top running socks, 1.2 oz each pair)  3.7 oz
Warm socks for camp  2 oz
Long underwear bottoms by Smartwool  6.7 oz
Long underwear top  7 oz
Wind shirt (homemade)  2.4 oz
Down Sweater by Patagonia   9.8 oz
Rain jacket by OR  8.8 oz
Rain pants by GoLite    7oz
Warm hat  1.5 oz
Gloves  1.4 oz
Sun Visor 1.75 oz
Sil nylon stuff sack by Sea To Summit  0.8 oz
(I may switch some of these items out for lighter versions once the weather warms up. Notably, replacing the wool long underwear with silk ones (6.4 oz for the set), replacing the heavier Patagonia jacket for a lighter Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer (6.6 oz), and maybe ditching the pants. This would change my total clothing weight (including worn clothing) to 54.5 oz, or 3.4 lbs.)

Cleaning (Total Weight: 10 oz (0.63 lbs))
Toothbrush, floss, small bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid soap, Diva Cup, Lightload Towel, 2 spare hair ties, package of baby wipes (for removing gunky sunscreen at night–I find I’m much more likely to wear it if I have a way to clean it off before bed) all in a small stuff sack  10 oz

Electronics (Total Weight: 47.3 oz (3 lbs))
iPhone 5 with LifeProof Case  5.3 oz
Garmin eTrex 20 GPS  5.4 oz
Sansadisk Clip Zip mp3 player and charging cable plus headphones  2.3 oz
Sony RX-100 digital camera w case, charger, and spare battery 16.3 oz
Anker 2nd Gen Astro E3 10000mAh external battery w charging cable 8.4 oz
Wall adapter by Anker with 2 USB ports, 2Amp for rapid charging of phone and external battery 2.4 oz
SPOT (a personal locator device for emergencies that uses GPS Satellites)   4 oz
AA replacement batteries for Garmin  2 oz
AAA replacement batteries for headlamp  and SPOT 1.2 oz

Odds and Ends (Total Weight: 21.35 oz (1.3 lbs))
Sunblock  3.8 oz
Chapstick  0.3 oz
Earplugs  0.05 oz
Hand sanitizer   0.9 oz
Black Diamond headlamp   2 oz
Compass 1 oz
Sunglasses with soft case  1.3 oz
Lacrosse ball for rehab rolling    5.1 oz
Paper and pen   2 oz
Reading book (measured from the first half (through chapter 14) of Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang)   3.3 oz
Paper maps, including LBs maps (divvied by section),  guidebook sections, notes to myself, water and data charts all in a ziploc (measured using the all the necessary information to get from the start of the trail in Arches to Hanksville, the third resupply stop)  9.4 oz
Small ziploc with cash, cards, ID  0.5 oz

Repair and First Aid (Total Weight: 4.3 oz (0.26 lbs))
Ibuprofen, small elastic bandage, some Spenco and Moleskin,
a couple bandaids, tweezers, cuben repair tape, three large
safety pins, a couple rubber bands, small stuff sack                 4.3 oz

Mobilization (Total Weight: 36.45 oz (2.27 lbs))
Brooks Cascadia Running Shoes   24 oz
Original insoles (I use Smartfeet in the shoes but carry the original insoles in case I want to change them up)  1.3 oz
Dirty Girl gaiters 1.15 oz
Blackdiamond Ultralight Trekking Poles   10 oz

Occasional Use–mailed to myself in advance of specific parts of the route
Seal Skinz Neoprene socks for river walking 3.3 oz
GoLite Chrome Dome Umbrella (Possibly to be used in hot, arid sections)    8 oz




1 thought on “Gear

  1. Marcellus the Wanderer

    A thought for you about sand and zippers: my time out there caused damage to all my zippers, and destroyed a few on my favorite coat. I don’t have a good solution to this, but thought I would offer a heads up. I am jealous of all your zpacks stuff, and 14.6 lb baseweight including 3 lbs of electronics!





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