Some items shown here are only carried when weather conditions require them. I usually ship them home or have them shipped to me as needed.
Also listed here are items I have carried in the past. For example, my Zpacks Arc Blast backpack did not hold up for a full thru-hike on the AT, so I switched to a Superior Wilderness Designs Long Haul for the PCT. I began using a Superior Wilderness Designs Movement 40L pack in 2022.
Items I Currently Use
|Superior Wilderness Designs Movement 40L backpack made with Ultra 200 fabric; two hip pockets, a water bottle holder, and an REI-brand shoulder pocket|
|Superior Wilderness Designs DCF Lunch Box storage system for clothing||2.1|
|Nylofume waterproof pack liner or Hefty trash compactor bag||1.0|
|Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles||17.1|
|Trekking pole snow baskets*||1.3|
|Katoohla microspikes footwear traction*||12.3|
|CAMP Corsa ice axe*||10.4|
|Liteflex Chrome hiking umbrella*||8.2|
Some Items Used in the Past
|Superior Wilderness Designs Long Haul 50L DCF backpack with custom features, two hip pockets, a water bottle holder, and a mesh shoulder pocket (replaced after reliable service on the PCT, BMT, and CDT)||32.0|
|Zpacks Arc Blast Backpack with 2 Hip Pouches and 1 Shoulder Strap Pouch (carried on the AT and replaced mid-hike due to failure)||22.5|
|Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z-Pole trekking poles (carried on the AT, replaced when one pole broke in the White Mountains)||10.1|
|Leki Legacy Ultralite trekking poles (replaced after reliable service on the AT, PCT, and CDT)||17.1|
|Osprey Atmos AG 50 (used on the AT after the Zpacks Arc Blast failed)||48.2|
My descriptions of gear are not intended to be product endorsements. I have not been compensated for any product mentions, nor do I use affiliate links.
* = Item is carried when conditions warrant