So this hike is a little bit different from my other two thru hikes because it is vastly shorter and there is no time constraint. I need to go 800 miles from March 7th to anytime before April 23rd or so. That’s only 17 miles a day if I used my full time allotment. This means I am going to be “ultra light” but I’m also bringing some luxury items such as my 2 lbs camera and my go pro with harnesses to capture and share the experience in pictures and video. Something I wish I did more on the PCT but my iPhone’s memory got full so fast. I also have a lot more time to stop and take pictures of the little things so I’m hoping this trip results in some spectacular macros of all critters Arizona.
I’ll be using another pair of tried and true Brooks Cascadia 8 trail running shoes.
Got these bad boys for Christmas and fully expect them to last the 800 mile trail considering my first pair took me over 1700 miles and my second pair took me the next 1000 on the PCT and I still use them frequently for day hikes and weekend trips. Check out the tread on my first pair compared to my second pair after I got them in Ashland, Oregon!
I’ll also be using the trekking poles I used on my Appalachian Trail 2012 since they are still useable, unlike my tortured pair from the PCT. If I have extra money before the trip I may buy I new pair but I’m broke at the moment.
There is some amount of clothes that I’ll always be wearing and so I won’t include that in the base weight. Typically my light shirt, zip off pants, cotton boxers and a pair of socks and a hat.
So here’s the rundown:
Backpack and Water Treatment and Storage:
Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack 28 oz (793 grams)
Sawyer squeeze mini 1.7 oz (49 grams)
4 1 liter smart water bottles 6 oz (170 grams)
Subtotal 35.7 oz( 1012 grams)
Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis tarp tent with insect netting 13 oz (400 grams)
6 Aluminum tent stakes 3 oz (87 grams)
Z Lite sleeping pad 10 oz (290 grams)
REI Radiant 19 degree down sleeping bag 39.9 oz (1130 grams)
Subtotal 65.9 oz (1907 grams)
Clothing in Backpack
Undershirt 7.2 oz (206 grams)
Long johns 6.9 oz (196 grams)
Go lite down jacket 7.5 oz (214 grams)
Wind Jacket 18 oz (510 grams)
Subtotal 39.6 oz (1126 grams)
Head light with batteries 2.8 oz (81 grams)
Sunglasses .7 oz (20 grams)
Small bic lighter .4 oz (11 grams)
Mosquito head net .7 oz (20 grams)
Toothbrush and toothpaste 1 oz (29 grams)
Subtotal 5.6 oz (160 grams)
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Camera, 2 batteries, lens cleaning cloth, mini tripod, Raynox DCR 250 Macro lens 32 oz (906 grams)
GoPro Hero 3 White 4.8 oz (136 grams)
Chargers 3.1 oz (88 grams)
Anker battery 15000 mwh 11 oz (315 grams)
Subtotal 50.9 oz (1517 grams)
Total Base Weight
201.84 oz or 12.61 lbs (5772 grams)
I weighed all the smaller gear with a gram scale to get the most accurate weight and the larger gear I used the company’s given weight so there is a tiny discrepancy in the in grams vs oz on some items which were only given in one unit or the other so bear with me that the math isn’t exact.
12.6 lbs is a pretty acceptable number for me considering I’m carrying 3.2 lbs of non essential camera gear and extra batteries. If I were on one if the big trails my base weight would be under 10 lbs!
Edit: I forgot a few pairs of extra socks so add a few ounces on this. I don’t feel like recalculating everything 🙂