Gear that I use

This page lists the backpack and other items I currently carry on my hikes. 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 have been pleased with it and have continued to use it on other hikes.

Items I currently use

Item Weight (oz.)
Superior Wilderness Designs Long Haul 50L DCF backpack with two hip pockets, water bottle holder and mesh shoulder pocket 32.0
Superior Wilderness Designs DCF Lunch Box storage system (2) 4.2
Nylofume waterproof pack liner 1.0
Leki Legacy Ultralite trekking poles 17.1
Selfskie phone selfie attachment for trekking pole 2.2
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 I have used in the past

Item Weight (oz.)
Zpacks Arc Blast Backpack with 2 Hip Pouches and 1 Shoulder Strap Pouch (carried on the Appalachian Trail, replaced due to failure) 22.5
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z-Pole Trekking Poles (carried on the Appalachian Trail, replaced when one broke) 10.1
Osprey Atmos AG 50 (replaced the Zpacks Arc Blast on the Appalachian Trail) 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


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