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Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List

Based off Liz Thomas’s wonderful gear chapter in Pacific Crest Trials, here’s a non-exhaustive list of suggested gear items for a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike.

Big Three: Sleep System, Shelter, Pack

Sleeping Bags

Western Mountaineering Ultralight 20-degree (what Liz carried on the Triple Crown)

Montbell Downhugger #2 (suitable for warm sleepers)

Marmot Helium 15-degree

Feathered Friends Hummingbird UL 20-degree

Katabatic Sawatch 15-degree

REI Magma 15-degree

Quilts

Katabatic Alsek 22-degree

Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20-degree

Zpacks Solo Quilt 20-degree

Inflatable Sleeping Pads

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

Sea to Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad

Exped Ultra 3R

Klymit Static V

Continue reading the full gear list here.

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November 8, 2022

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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.

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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).

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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

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