This is my generic gear list for most backpacking trips. My base weight (what I carry on my back minus food and water) usually sits between 13 and 15lbs. Feel free to shoot me an email at musthikemusteat@gmail if you have questions!
I make my own groundcloth; either from compactor trash bags or a cheapo rain poncho opened up and cut to fit.
I also have a homemade hammock setup that I started using last summer. Strictly warm weather so far but I do love it. I wake up with a LOT less stiffness in the old joints.
My sleeping bag:
My sleep pad:
Cascade Designs Neoair Xlite (small, torso length)
Golite Jam (found second hand on Offer Up) (weekend trips)
Gossamer Gear G4 (5+ days)
For most hikes: Altra Lone Peaks I prefer the older models, even the first ones. And they are cheaper, too!
For snowshoes and trail work: Palladium Pampa
Loksak Opsaks They sell two kinds; make sure you get the odorproof bags, not just the waterproof.
I am normally a stoveless backpacker on long trips but have started carrying a stove for shorter and winter trips. I haven’t timed it yet but it heats up pretty fast, works well in cold temps and although I will probably only ever boil water in it, it does have a simmer feature. I use my SAM splint as a windscreen when needed.
My filters/water purification (yes, I always carry at least 2 kinds):
Potable Aqua I take the pills out of the glass bottles and repackage in snack bags or film canisters
Steripen (check Costco in spring!)
My sports bra:
Juno Love! Has held up to almost 3 years of weekly use, plus weeks at a time on trail.
The socks I hike in 90% of the time:
In the winter I switch to a wool sock, no particular brand. Often just a REI wool liner. My mom did get me some colorful Smartwool socks. They do keep my feet toasty but because I can’t always do the feel of wool next to my skin, I wear the PEDS above as a liner.
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