Gear That I Use

Shelter and Sleep System

Tents at Woody Gap on the Pacific Crest Trail

The quilt or sleeping bag I use depends on weather conditions. I often use a Katabatic Gear 22° Flex quilt. However, on AT where the weather was often damp and sometimes hot and humid, I carried a down sleeping bag and a synthetic quilt. These could be slept in individually or combined for extra warmth.

Some items listed here were used before switching to a newer item. I slept in a Zpacks Duplex on the AT and PCT. After two complete thru-hikes, it needed to be replaced, and I switched to a Tarptent Aeon Li.

Items I Currently Use

Item Weight (oz.)
Tarptent Aeon Li tent 16.5
Outdoor Research Lightweight Dry Sack durable stuff sack for tent 1.9
Zpacks DCF groundsheet 3.3
Easton tent stakes in stuff sack (5 short and 1 long) 2.1
Katabatic Gear Flex 22 quilt 25.0
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping pad 12.0
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Regular pillow 3.0
Superior Wilderness Designs DCF stuff sack for quilt* 1.6
Cocoon Silk mummy liner* 3.6

Items Used in the Past

Item Weight (oz.)
Zpacks Duplex tent (replaced after the AT and PCT) 19.4
Thermarest Xtherm sleep pad (sprung a leak after use on the AT and 3/4 of the PCT) 16.0
Sea to Summit Ether Light XT insulated sleep pad (sprung slow leaks twice on the CDT) 18.2

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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