Day -40:  My kit

Day -40:  My kit

This post is brought to you by:  Aunt Melissa!  By her request.  🙂


I had written a similar article on the PCT forums about 3 months ago – my kit has grown a lot since then and probably weighs just shy of 20lbs total – I was at almost exactly 16 pounds last time I weighed, and I’ve added stuff since then (weight not counting food, water, fuel, and always worn clothing)  🙂


Not shown (because it has been ordered and hasn’t arrived yet)

  • Loksak Opsak – this is a mouse proof bag for my food. $10
  • LeukoTape – Stickier than duct tape, will stay on for days even when wet, but peels off without leaving the stickum behind.  This stuff is really good for hotspots on your feet.  Section Hiker – LeukoTape $10
  • I ordered a shammy – ultra absorbent and you can wring it out to soak up more water.  Same stuff swimmers and divers use to dry off quickly when they climb out of the pool $6

Not shown because I used it to take photo:

  • iPhone 6+ with Otterbox case

Front row:

  • ‘Smart’ Water bottles.  Cheap, light, can buy more as needed or chuck them as unwanted.  Can also buy Gatorade bottles – and hey bonus, free Gatorade inside a $1-2 bottle!  😛
  • Leki Cork handled poles.
  • Umbrella — this is both a sun and a rain umbrella.  Some people call this their favorite piece of equipment.
  • PCT Data Book (lists what is where at a particular trail mileage),  Yogi’s PCT Guide is chock full of information (most of the pages tear out and you send yourself what you are currently using), the pink PCT resupply spots flash cards (by yogi) — see picture below, Halfmile maps printed by Yogi — I’ll only be carrying the relevant maps.
  • Clothes that I’ll be wearing pretty much always – I don’t count these towards my base weight:  Shorts, Merino wool base layer, sun/bug shirt, Dirty Girl gaiters, Darn Tough socks, REI underwear.

2nd Row:

  • Sawyer mini and syringe to clean it with (above water bottles)
  • Rolled up Platypus bladder – this is what I fill with unfiltered water
  • Combo orange Whistle/compass/sewing needles/(needs strike anywhere matches)
  • Cat Hole orange trowel (can’t see it, covered by ziplock)
  • Ziplock with soap, floss, bug net, sun block, spf 25 lip balm, inhaler, prescription anti-inflammatory (safer than large doses of ibuprofen),backup bamboo spoon, nail clippers, tweezers
  • Bamboo handled kids toothbrushes
  • Headlamp
  • 13,000 mAh Anker battery – ought to recharge my phone 3-4 times.
  • Bluetooth keyboard (left half partially opened)
  • Anker 2-port charger
  • Hat (that I hate – will probably use one of the many ballcaps I pilfered from dad over the years)
  • long underwear
  • Frog Toggs rain gear
  • 2nd pair socks
  • 2nd boxers
  • Balaclava

3rd row (everything behind second row):

  • Inflatable pillow – with stuff sack on top of it.
  • Aarn Backpack – has big front pockets I can put 2+ liters of water in each side or other stuff – can use pockets to balance weight front to back, very very comfortable pack.  – drawbacks:  Weighs 4lbs (most people will be carrying 2lb packs), and the front pockets while making hiking ultra comfortable are a major hindrance for any kind of scrambling/climbing over fallen trees etc.
  • 1oz knife (can’t see – on pack)
  • almost weightless micro light/laser pointer (can’t see – on pack)
  • Ziplock with TP, thera tears, spare AAA batteries (for headlamp), medical wrap.
  • Cook pot with bamboo spoon, lid/plate, stove inside
  • Thermarest neoair XLite inflatable sleeping pad (in black bag behind pot)
  • ZPacks duplex tent – 2 person tent, weighs about 1.7 lbs.  This is a top of the line tent.
  • 50′ of yellow cord (same as on tent – weighs almost nothing)
  • Grey stuffsack for sleeping bag – if I really need to ‘make space’ somewhere, I can cram the sleeping bag down in to just over half of it.
  • ZPacks 10 degree sleeping bag:  x-long (designed to fit a 6’4″ person to their neck) x-wide (66″).  This is a top of the line bag. weighs about 1 pound, 11 ounces (which is insanely light for such a huge 10 degree bag).  It uses the hiking poles as tent stakes.
  • Patagonia hooded down sweater on top of the sleeping bag. Small blue bag in front of sleeping bag is its stuff sack.

See photo below:

  • Salomon XA PRO 3D shoes.

Need to get:

  • Aqua Mira water tabs as backup water treatment.
  • Strike anywhere matches.
  • Gauze – or whatever you call those white squares you put on wounds.
  • … that’s all I have thought of in the last week or so (besides the shammy, but I listed it above).



Charlie Hough
  • Kim Ritchie

    Where did you get the pink cards?

    April 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm Reply
    • Charlie Hough

      Yogi’s books I also bought a set of maps through her

      April 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply
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