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One Week Out – Colorado Trail Gear List

I’ll admit, I turned into a real gear nerd this time around. I was not this detailed with my gear list on the AT, but the deeper I dive into the backpacking world, the more detailed and precise I want to be with my gear!

I upgraded almost everything this year, which has definitely been an expensive choice, but I’m hoping the lighter weight will help my knees and make the overall hike a better, more enjoyable, (maybe even faster) experience!

I’ve had a lot of fun over the past few months dialing in this list and figuring out what I want to carry! Ask anyone I’m close to, and they will say that gear shopping and planning is my favorite pastime activity. For some reason, it’s the thing I get most excited about when preparing for a new adventure (other than the hiking part itself of course). After all, if you’re going to be living out of a backpack, you should probably love the gear you’ll be taking along with you!

My hope is that this list may help some of you that are planning your own hike and need some gear recommendations, or simply entertain your thoughts for those who are just curious about what a thru-hiker carries ?

Without further ado, here is my gear list for the Colorado Trail.


December 3, 2023

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