Great Gear for the Great Loop
One of the most talked about topics in the backpacking world is gear. From old external frame backpacks to lightweight, frameless dynema packs, gear has come a long way. Now, I am by no means a UL (ultralight) hiker, but I did have to upgrade some of my equipment for this next adventure of consistent 30+ mile days over the course of 8 months. Here’s what I am working with… at least to start.
This is the weight of my gear without food or water. For ultralight backpackers, this number should be under 10 lbs. I am more of a lightweight backpacker coming in at 12.19 lbs without winter gear and 16.3 lbs with winter gear and my bear canister. My “Big Three” total to 8.13 lbs.
Backpack- Osprey Eja 48, Weight: 2.42 lb
- Pack cover- Sea to Summit Ultra-sil Pack Cover Size Small, Weight: 3.7 oz
- Liner- Compactor trash bag
Tent- Big Agnes Tigerwall UL 2 with painters plastic footprint, Weight: 2 lb 8 oz + 1.5 oz
Sleep System- Feathered Friends Petrel 10 UL Women’s Bag, Weight: 30.2 oz
- Therm-a-rest Neoair Xlite Short/Small Pad, Weight: 8
- Therm-a-rest Z Lite Sol (8 sections), Weight: 8 oz
May 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.
Ultra-compact and lightweight
I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.