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
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
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
November 8, 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