Pacific Crest Trail

2018 PCT Gear List || PRE HIKE

I am posting this to give people an idea of what kind of gear I am bringing on the trail. I know from reading other's accounts that my gear list will change over time while on the trail, so it will be kind of fun for me to look back on this list and see where I dropped (or added!) items! But this is going to be what I'm bringing starting from Campo.


You can check out my lighterpack here.


  • Zpacks Arc Haul lined w/ Gossamer Gear pack liner

    • Customizations: 1 shoulder pocket, 2 hip pockets, lumbar pad, ice axe loop (1 side only), V-strap top closure


  • Zpacks Duplex Tent

  • MSR mini groundhog stakes (8)


  • Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

    • Customizations: 10*, 950 fill, short, wide

  • Therm-a-rest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad - Short w/ stuff sack

  • Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad - 1/8"

  • Sea to Summit Aeros UL regular pillow



  • Talenti soaking jar

  • Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon - Long

  • Zpacks 14 L food bag

  • Gallon Ziploc trash bag


  • Sawyer Squeeze filter

  • Smartwater 1 L Dirty x2

  • Smartwater 0.8 L Clean x1

  • Evernew 1.5 L bladder x2

  • CNOC 2 L bladder x1

  • 7.8 L water capacity in the desert

Not all water capacity pictured

Not all water capacity pictured


  • Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Puffy w/ Hood

  • Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Long Sleeve Top (sleep shirt)

  • Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Base Layer Bottoms (sleep pants)

  • Montbell Tachyon Wind Pants

  • Frogg Toggs Ultralite Rain Jacket

  • Injinji Midweight Crew Socks

  • Darn Tough Midweight Crew Socks (sacred socks)

  • The North Face E-tip Gloves

  • Post-pedicure "flip-flops" - Camp shoes



  • Deuce of Spades trowel

  • Compact travel toothbrush

  • Travel-sized toothpaste

  • Dental floss

  • Lip balm w/ SPF

  • Small stick sunscreen

  • Mini nail clippers

  • Mini Tweezers

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Mom's Stuff Salve

  • Small Body Glide

  • Wet Wipes

  • Personal rx meds

  • Toilet paper for #2


  • Garmin InReach Explorer+

  • Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife

  • Bic mini lighter

  • First aid kit: leukotape, alcohol wipes (2), band-aids (4), antibiotic ointment (1), small amount of ibuprofen, TUMS, benadryl, immodium.

  • Repair kit: needle, duct tape, thermarest repair, cuben fiber tape, tenacious tape

  • Maps: Halfmile, Guthooks, Gaia on iPhone, carry paper back-up in Sierra, Washington

Not all items pictured

Not all items pictured


  • Petzl Bindi headlamp

  • iPhone 8 plus + case + charging cord

  • Sony a6000 camera w/ f3.5-5.6 16-50 mm lens

  • Anker PowerCore II 20000 external battery (2 USB ports)

  • Anker Powerport Speed 2 wall charger (2 USB ports)

  • Micro USB cord (Anker + Garmin + Sony + headlamp)

  • Earbuds

  • Zpacks DCF small dry bag

Petzl Bindi headlamp not pictured

Petzl Bindi headlamp not pictured


  • "Wallet": ID, 1 credit, 1 debit, health ins card, small amount of cash

  • Gossamer Gear Liteflex Hiking Umbrella

  • Sea to Summit Bug Net

  • Bandana


  • REI Sahara Long Sleeve Shirt

  • Lululemon On the Fly Shorts

  • Patagonia Active Mesh bra (old version)

  • Icebreaker Siren Bikini Underwear - Merino wool

  • Injinji Midweight Crew socks

  • Altra Lone Peak trail runners

  • Rx transition glasses

  • Dirty girl gaiters

  • Buff regular

  • Outdoor Research Sun Gloves

  • Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork hiking poles (& tent poles)



  • BV500 bear canister

  • Kahtoola Microspikes

  • CAMP Corsa Ice Axe 60 cm

BASE WEIGHT (weight of everything except food, water, fuel, worn clothes) = 12.3 lbs

Not ultralight by any means, but still considered to be in the "lightweight" range. I plan on *eventually* (aka post-hike) posting gear lists from each section of the trail if items drastically change.