Starting Equipment - PCT 2016

Gear, Gear, Gear!

I am not your ultralight backpack.  Not even close.  When departing on the PCT in April of 2016, my packs base weight was 28lbs.  Adding an removing was volitile during the first 600 miles of the trail. Figuring out what I didn't need and then realizing what I did was a huge learning curve.  At the end of the trail that year, I had my base weight down to between 20-22lbs.  It depended on which coat I wanted to carry. 

Note: This is the gear I finished with... I change gear quite a bit while on trail.

Osprey Atmos 65

Therm-A-Rest Prolite Plus (Regular)


R-Value: 3.4

Self-Inflating (partially)

Weight: 1 lbs. 4 oz.

MSR Hubba Hubba (2013)

Capacity: two people

Interior peak height: 40 inches

Minimum weight: 4 pounds / 1826 grams

Packed weight: 4 pounds, 8 ounces / 2041 grams

Design Type: Freestanding

Jetboil SOL Titanium

Fuel: Isobutane-propane

Weight: 8.5oz

Boil Time: Avg. 2 Minutes

Uses: Boil water for dehydrate meals as well as Coffee in the morning.

North Face Furnace 20°


Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz.

EU Comfort Limit: 26° F

EU Lower Limit: 14° F

600 Fill ProDown


Altra's Lonepeak 2.5

Weight: 10.6 oz.

Ideal Uses: Trail Running, Hiking, Fastpacking, Trail Racing

Platform: FootShape™ Toe Box with Fully Cushioned Zero Drop™ Platform

Other Features: StoneGuard™ Rock Protection, Trail Rudder, Gaiter Trap™ Attachment