Here is my updated gear list for my 2018 PCT thru hike. I’ll be updating the list as I make more purchases.
So, yes, yes, yes I was supposed to hike the PCT in 2017, but that didn’t end up happening. So, here we are, it’s 2018 and I am officially back at the planning stages for my April start. I have some of the same gear as my last post, but I have exchanged, returned, and bought many more items.
Backpack – Osprey Packs Women’s Kyte 46 Backpack
This pack is somewhat smaller than the average person takes (that’s usually between 50-65L) but I had read somewhere that no matter what size you take you are going to fill it up. Well, I’m trying to be as light as possible so I decided to risk taking a smaller pack. Also, I already had it and it’s traveled the world with me. We have a bond. Its name is Samwise.
This is ultra light and as easy to set up as I could possibly ask for. Its popularity has waned a bit in responce to other lightweight tents now on the market, but I think it’s still a solid, ultralight tent.
Sleeping bag – Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10 degree Quilt.
I’ve never used a quilt before but from all the people who seem to swear by them, I think it ticks the boxes that I need. Lighter than mummy bags, warmer than most but also able to open for those warmer nights. It also stuffs down quite small. Once I’m on the trail I’ll let you guys know how I feel about it.
Sleeping Pad – Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Mattress
Lots of people used lightweight air mattresses now, but from many of the “Post thru-hike gear review” videos I have watched, most people end up switching to foam by the end. The air mattresses obviously are likely to get a hole at some point, so I’m just going foam. I can always swap if I decide to.
Hiking Poles – Black Diamond Women’s Trail Pro Shock Walking Pole
I’ve also never used trekking poles before but I have a feeling I’m going to love them. Everyone swears by Black Diamond or Leki, but my REI had these on sale and they seem that they’ll do the job just fine.
Bear Can – BearVault BV500
Ugh, no one looks forward to the areas of the trail where carrying a bear can is required because it adds an extra 3 lbs to your pack, but it is an unavoidable curse. Pretty much everybody uses BearVault. So, I followed the crowd. TIP: It’s hella difficult to get into (hence why bears can get at cha food!) so practice using your knife to open it.
Food bag – Ursack Minor
For all the other time when the BearVault is not needed, I will be carrying my food in an Ursack. They have a number of different strength bags, but I went with the Minor because apparently mice are the main thing to worry about and this bag protects from them.
Water filtration – Sawyer Water Filtration System
After getting duped into buying the Mini, I went back and have gotten the Squeeze. I’m very happy with it. I won’t be using the bladders or accessories that come with it, though.
Water bladder (x2) – Vecto Water Bladder 2L
This is a relatively new type of bladder, but from what I saw online, it seems great. The bladder is super strong and has a large opening. It closes down like a drybag to avoid spillage. I’ll carry two of these and 2 1L Smart Water bottles in the desert.
Down Jacket – Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket
Again, this is a popular item and since I won’t get to test out my gear, I went with the foolproof choices. It’s super lightweight and folds up into its own pocket. I’ve tested it in 20 & 30 degree weather and yes, it’s warm.
Rain Gear – Frogg Toggs Women’s Ultralight Jacket
I hate the color more than I can say, but it’s cheap and that’s what I care about. Rain gear is highly debated on the PCT. Some hikers swear you need a full, expensive rain suit, while others say it only rained a few times and a simple jacket was all they needed. Well, I’m taking a risk and going with the latter. If I need more, or to replace it since it’s cheap, I do that when I cross that bridge.
Gaiters – Dirty Girl Gaiters
Mine are red & sparkly. I look like Wonder Woman.
Socks – Darn Tough
Darn Tough is the gold standard and has a lifetime guarantee on them. If you get a hole they will ship you another pair for free. They have a variety of different colors, lengths, and fusion options. I bought two pairs for hiking.
Trowel – Tentlab Deuce of Spades
This thing weighs nothing, why wouldn’t you take something that makes pooping in the woods easier? Protip: some of the colors tend to be cheaper, check all the colors before purchasing. I saved $6 by getting gold instead of blue.
Spork – Snow Peak Titanium Spork
Sporks are magical and all you’ll ever need in this world.
GPS Locator device – SPOT Gen3
It’s expensive, but my parents wanted me safe, so they offered to get it for me. Thanks, Mom & Dad!
This is for you guys so I can log and use my trekking pole as a selfie stick.
Buff – Adventure Band
So there’s this bandana thing called a Buff that many hikers use. It doubles as a headscarf, hair tie, mouth covering etc. It can be about 25 different things. I was gonna get one to be cool like everyone else on trail, but decided to go with the Bucketlist Family’s Adventure Band. It does the same thing and costs the same but the proceeds go to end human trafficking. Also, it is patterned after the beautiful Nepal prayer flags which will remind me of my years in Asia and one of my dream destinations – Nepal. Finally, I got the green one which symbolizes the ocean. How perfect is that?
Hat & gloves – Baseball cap & beanie & basic gloves
The beanie and gloves are from Target, I already owned them. They should do the trick. I’ll be mailing my gloves probably to Kennedy Meadows. The cap is silly but amazing. It’s from a company called Whosits & Whatsits and they make all Disney themed products. Mine is Moana themed, cause she’s my girl and I want everyone to know it!
Towel & Headlamp
I bought these in Hong Kong and I’ll be taking it with me but I don’t have links to them. They’re nothing special but should do the trick.
Apparently, this is a lifesaver on sections of the trail.
Camera – Sony a6000
I’m going a little excessive with the camera because photography & vieography are one of my biggest passions – and I’m planning on shooting and creating a documentary of my hike after it’s all over.
Cheat item! (not totally convinced I’ll be bringing it, but I want to!) – Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
Future Plans for Gear Purchases:
Ice Axe – Camp Corsa Ice Axe
Underwear – Exofficio
Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis
Possibly dry bag(s)
Clothing & toiletries are to come!