It’s Here, It’s Gear!
The Gear List
Hey everybody, it’s time to talk about everybody’s favorite subject: gear! This is my first thru-hike, I had lots of research and time to get this stuff together. Could I have made different/better choices? Most certainly. Am I pleased with the end results? Yes! For me, this setup will work, and that’s all I care about for this trip. I would eventually like to attain the coveted ‘ultralight’ status, someday, but time will tell. I don’t need that many luxuries on the trail, but a couple are nice! And, no matter what, all of the gear I have accumulated this year will serve me some purpose in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
Tent: REI Co-op Flash Air 2. I chose this tent because it was light, and has poles that can be used with it just in case my trekking poles aren’t up for the job. As a matter of fact, tomorrow afternoon I am going on a short overnight to test this out.
Ground Sheet: Polycro sheet from Garage Grown Gear. I got a 2 pack of these groundsheets, sized large, for like $13. Well worth it for extra ground protection, and it will also double as protection for my sleeping pad when in a shelter!
Sleeping Pad: Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra. The weight was just right for me, and the insulation will help. I tend to sleep warm, but it is September in Vermont, so best be prepared. Also, the price was a huge selling point for me.
Sleeping Quilt: REI Co-op Magma 30 Sleeping Quilt. I have wanted to try a quilt ever since I first read about them. Mummy bags are too constricting for my tastes, so a quilt seemed like a great solution. I got this bad chicken on sale for 50% off, and I am excited to test it out! I have used it one night so far in high temps, and could have gotten away without it. We will see how it goes!
Pillow: Air Pillow from Garage Grown Gear. Originally for hospital use apparently, its just enough for my weary head to rest, and is super light. If it fails, I’m only out a couple bucks, and I will just use a stuff sack with clothes.
August 30, 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