PCT - GEARING UP, LITERALLY

Two women in coats with backpacks hiking outside.

What does one take on a 5/6 month long backpacking trip? This is new to us too, so we’ll all find out together! We’ve done all the research we can, tested our gear on numerous occasions, and compiled our gear based on what we anticipate working for us.


For a long-distance backpacking trip, the two most important things to consider when choosing gear are Weight and Quality. Finding the balance between these aspects is crucial. You’re carrying everything on your back, so the ounces add up quickly (especially given that one liter of water weighs over two pounds). But we don’t want to sacrifice quality when purchasing lighter gear. There is “ultra-light gear” these days, products that have been designed with quality in mind yet weighing as little as possible; but these items come with a hefty price tag that takes a serious commitment.

Black Lab puppy looking inside a tent.
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We’ve tried to find the balance that works for us between weight, quality, & price. Below is our list at present. We’ll likely pare this down as we go along, as quickly we’ll realize what’s unnecessary.

 

BIG THREE (+ SLEEP SYSTEMS):

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Pack & Three Pods - Jess

Superior Wilderness Designs Long Haul 50L - Sarah

REI Half Dome 2 w/ MSR Tent Stakes

REI Magma 17 Sleeping Bag - Jess

REI Joule 21 Sleeping Bag - Sarah

Therma-rest Neo Air XLight W - Sarah

Therma-rest Z Lite SOL - Jess

Sleeping Bag Liners, Pillows

OTHER GEAR:

Trekking Poles, Headlamps (w/out the band), Head Nets

Umbrella - Sarah

Fanny Pack - Jess

Zpacks Dry Bags (Small, Medium, Large Rectangular) - Sarah

KITCHEN:

LiteAF Flat Bottom Bear Kit for Food Storage - Sarah

Large Pod for Food Storage - Jess

Pot

Stove, Camp Dish Cloth & Cups (for beverages and cold soaking)

Sawyer Squeezes & Backup Tablet Water Treatment

Cnoc Water Bladder

JESS'S CAMERA GEAR:

Sony & Lens, Peak Designs Camera Clip, Cuff

CLOTHING:

Cap & Hat, Sunglasses, Buff

Down Jacket

Base Layer Bottom & Top

Rain Pants & Rain Jacket - Sarah, Jess

Hiking Shirt - Sarah, Jess

Shorts - Sarah, Jess

Lock Laces & Altra Shoes - Sarah, Jess

Gaiters

Xero ZTrail Sandles - Sarah

Darn Tough, Injinji Socks

Underwear & Bra

Sungloves

TOILETRIES:

Trowel, Hand Sanitizer, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Body Glide, Dry Wipes, Diva Cups, Toothbrush & Paste, Floss, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Chapstick

FIRST AID KIT:

Allergy Pills, Advil, Imodium, Benadryl, Leukotape, Bandaids, Needle, Blister Treatment

ELECTRONICS:

Phones & Chargers, Battery Pack, Headphones

Moment Anamorphic & Macro Lenses - Sarah

Garmin In-Reach Mini - Sarah

Personal Locator Beacon - Jess

 

MISC:

Ziplock Bags, Carabiners, Passports, Permits, Pen

[STILL TO BE PURCHASED: Bear Canister, Ice Axe, Crampons / Microspikes, maybe Crosspoint Waterproof Socks, maybe Crosspoint Waterproof Gloves - We’re waiting until the snow falls to determine these aspects for our Sierra / Washington Gear.]


We realize that adaptability is key. We’re hoping that our gear works well for us, but know that changes along the way are inevitable. We’ll post a Post-Trail Gear List once the hike is complete to let you know what changed along the way!

-Sarah & Jess // Uphill Adventure