These items serve as my core gear list for weekend backpacking trips during the winter. Layering is key for me in the colder months: I tend to run hot while hiking and then cold at camp. Even for a weekend trip, I believe in bringing a back-up to essential layering pieces – I have a […]
My typical gear list is for a summer/fall trip of 3 – 6 days in the Sierra or other western mountains, typically mostly above tree line. Temperatures range from freezing to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. My trips are generally composed of some trail, and some off-trail travel, typically with at least one other person. My most […]
Do we need to redefine backpacking weight categories? Most lightweight backpackers are aware of the concepts of base weight and backpacking weight categories, but are the categories getting out of date? For those not familiar with the concepts, I briefly review them here; for those already familiar, jump to the next section. Base Weight Base […]
This was my backpacking gear list for the John Muir Trail in the summer. This 211 mile trail in California winds through the Sierra Nevada, crossing over 13 000 and 14 000 foot passes. Although the valleys were warm, nights can be close to freezing, especially at higher elevations. This list includes the awkward but […]
This ultralight backpacking gear list was contributed by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rob “QiWiz” Kelly. You can follow all of his adventures at QiWiz.net.
This gear list was used for my 15 day thru hike of the John Muir Trail. I encountered temperatures ranging from 30-100 degrees. In late July it is generally warm and dry and you can expect afternoon thunderstorms. On my hike I experienced an unusual 2 1/2 days of rain. Water is abundant throughout the […]
This is my general summer backpacking gear list for mountain regions (elevations up to 14,000′) in the Southwestern US for temperatures down to about 40F/5C. For lower altitude summer trips, delete the rain jacket, down vest, hat, and gloves. This list is suitable for locations that do not require a bear canister, but a bear […]
This gear list was contributed by Trail Ambassador Erin “Wired” Saver, a Triple Crowner who’s hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, and The Pacific Crest Trail. You can follow all of her adventures on her blog, Walking with Wired.