I spend most of my time in the Central Adirondacks and use this setup for trips ranging from a couple of days up to two weeks. My hiking season begins in late spring and finishes up early fall. Temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on where I end up in the […]
This gear list is designed for 2-3 day backpacking trips in the spring and fall in the forests of the Middle-Atlantic Region. Typical daytime temperatures range from 50-70 degrees. Overnight temps can be anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees. The terrain is infamously rocky, but can also be muddy or swampy because the trails often […]
This is my gear list for backpacking in the South East United States during the hot months of May into September. The weather is hot and humid with rain a frequent all day occurrence. This makes staying dry a real challenge. Temperatures can vary with highs over 100 and lows at night into the upper […]
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backpackers are aware of the concepts of base weight and backpacking weight categories, but are the categories getting out of date?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.