PCT Gear List & Strategy 2021
THIS PCT GEAR STRATEGY IS BASED ON 18,000+ PCT MILES OF TRIAL AND ERROR.
Mike Unger is one of a handful of people who has thru-hiked the PCT three times—twice northbound (NOBO) and once southbound (SOBO). Together, with input from editors Naomi Hudetz and Liz Thomas, this PCT gear list features what we’ve learned on six PCT thru-hikes, in addition to numerous other long trails and routes. Our goal is to walk you step-by-step through not just what gear to carry, but how to get the most out of your gear for each section of the trail.
May 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.
Ultra-compact and lightweight
I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.