Everything I carry

I try to be as lightweight as possible on the trail. My base weight (everything on my back, minus food, water and fuel) is usually around 9 to 10 pounds. This means that even with food and water, I never have more than 30 pounds on my back. Here’s what I carry:

  • Pack: a 49 liter pack made by Gossamer Gear (the Mariposa is pictured above; I’ve since switched to a smaller model, the Gorilla)
  • Tent: one-pound tent by ZPacks
  • Sleeping bag: 14 ounce down bag by Sea to Summit
  • Sleeping pad (Gossamer Gear)
  • Small ‘pop can stove’ and lighter
  • Titanium pot with aluminum foil for windscreen and lid
  • Two water bladders (3 liter and 4 liter)
  • Long underwear to sleep in (top and bottom)
  • Three pairs of socks (two to hike in and one to sleep in)
  • Glove liners
  • Balaclava (I fold it up and use it as a hat too)
  • Pullover (this is my insulating layer)
  • Rain jacket (GoLite)
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, baby wipes, lip balm, glasses, contact lens)
  • First aid kit (meds, duct tape for blisters, small ankle wrap, tent seam sealer tape)
  • Water treatment (Aqua Mira)
  • Pocket knife
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Zip loc bag with wallet (debit card, cash, ID, insurance card)

I wear and hike in:

  • Long sleeve sun shirt
  • Long pants or hiking skirt
  • New Balance running shoes
  • Smartwool socks
  • Sun gloves (for the desert)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Leki trekking poles (I also use one pole to set up my tent)

In the High Sierras, I’ll likely add a down jacket, a sleeping bag liner and a warmer pair of socks and gloves. I never sleep in any of the clothes I hike in and I always keep the contents of my pack dry by lining the pack with a large trash bag. I use zip loc bags to separate the rest of my belongings.