Uinta Highline Out and Back Gear
The Uinta Highline Trail is a 104-mile high-elevation route that follows the Uinta Mountains. It is a rare mountain range that travels east-west as opposed to the majority of ranges, which span north-south. Because of the logistics of car shuttles, distance, and the ability of food I knew I could carry, I simply decided to do the route as an out and back (some call it a yo-yo). This is the gear I took on the 5-day backpacking trip.
LiteAF Tiger Backpack
This pack has become a staple of my gear. It has survived carrying a cast-iron skillet, up to nine days of food, and a number of FKTs. I simply don’t feel secure without it. The custom Dyneema Composite Fiber printing capabilities are something special that LiteAF is able to offer.
Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus Tent
The Deschutes Plus is a lightweight tarp with enough coverage against the outside world that the mosquitoes couldn’t get in. I paired this with a piece of Tyvek.
The Sawyer Squeeze has been a part of nearly every hike I have taken since my first thru-hike in 2011. It is simple, reliable, and I usually use it on top of a standard water bottle as opposed to bringing the pouches.
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May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan