PCT - GEARING UP, LITERALLY
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.
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):
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
Umbrella - Sarah
Fanny Pack - Jess
Zpacks Dry Bags (Small, Medium, Large Rectangular) - Sarah
LiteAF Flat Bottom Bear Kit for Food Storage - Sarah
Large Pod for Food Storage - Jess
Sawyer Squeezes & Backup Tablet Water Treatment
JESS'S CAMERA GEAR:
Cap & Hat, Sunglasses, Buff
Xero ZTrail Sandles - Sarah
FIRST AID KIT:
Allergy Pills, Advil, Imodium, Benadryl, Leukotape, Bandaids, Needle, Blister Treatment
Phones & Chargers, Battery Pack, Headphones
Garmin In-Reach Mini - Sarah
Personal Locator Beacon - Jess
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