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Lightweight gear lists for hiking in various places. These checklists are for random conditions and hiker needs. There is no one size fits all. It is important that you find what works best for you. We hope they inspire you to get outdoors!

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz

Dan Bortz’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

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 […]

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joe gear list

Joe’s Appalachian Trail Gear List

This is my gear list for backpacking in the South East Appalachian Mountains 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 40’s. […]

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A Mariposa in Winter

Jen’s Winter Gear List

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 […]

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Glen Van Peski at Puppet Pass

Glen Van Peski’s Gear List

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 […]

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Forester Pass

Paul Osborn’s JMT Backpacking Gear List

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 […]

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Gossamer Gear DIY Polycryo Tarp and Minimalist Backpack

QiWiz’s Uberlight Backpacking Gear List

This is the list of gear I used on the 2014 Allegheny-100 Challenge. The challenge I chose was to cover 100 miles on the North Country Trail in 72 hours. Not being the fastest hiker, 17 of these hours were night hiking by headlamp. This kit is about as light as I am able to […]

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Trail Ambassador Allison Nadler on The JMT

Lightweight John Muir Trail (JMT) Gear List

Going lightweight on the John Muir Trail (JMT), does not mean being uncomfortable, unsafe, or without a few non-essentials. Properly researching your hike and having the skills necessary is important for creating your checklist. Beginning? Learn how to start lightweight backpacking. Do your research! Knowing the variable conditions could equal pounds as you will know […]

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Trail Ambassador Hik'in Jim and Joyce

Hikin’ Jim’s Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

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 […]

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