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Tahoe Rim Trail: Gear

Written by Rachel

Gear, gear, gear. Much of our Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) planning time was spent on gear. Did we have the right gear?  What is a luxury? Should we drop any items? What amount of money are we willing to spend on new gear? What is an acceptable dollar per ounce lost from our baseweight?

Every hiker has unique circumstances that inform their gear decisions. As a couple who were joined by a friend halfway through the trip, we both shared some items and had some redundancies. We carried some luxuries and don’t qualify as ultralight; my baseweight was around 15.4 lbs, while Alex’s was similarly 15.3 lbs. But we also intentionally spent money on certain items to lower our weight.

Here’s what we each carried at the start of the trail. The weights come from my personal kitchen scale. For more about our hike and the complete list of our Tahoe Rim Trail Gear list, head here.


May 3, 2022

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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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