Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Gear List – 2018 Edition

by | Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

For my 2018 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike gear list I’m trying to stay pretty lightweight but not ultra-lightweight. I’m shooting for a base weight of 14-15lbs. A lot of this gear I already owned from a couple of mountaineering expeditions and our RTW trip, but some of it I bought specifically to bring the weight down a bit for the thru hike.

Please note: this gear list is a living document and still a work in progress! Most of the gear is solidified but some of the item weights are missing as I’m not home to weigh them! I expect the gear list will be fully filled out by December 2017 when we visit home for the holidays and then take the gear for a test run in Patagonia in Jan-Feb 2018.

The Big 3 (4)
I include the sleeping pad in this category. Kate and I will split the tent weight so individually our packs will be a little lighter than the total here.

PACK

41oz

SLEEPING QUILT

18oz

TOTAL

115oz

Packed Clothes
In addition to a warm jacket and rain jacket I’m planning one extra set of hiking clothes, thermal bottoms, and a silkweight shirt/lightweight shorts to sleep in. I’m choosing not to bring any rain pants.

RAIN SHELL

6.4oz

WARM HAT

0.81oz

THERMAL BOTTOM

??oz

THERMAL/
SLEEP TOP

SILK WEIGHT LS TOP

??oz

SLEEP SOCKS

2.3oz

SLEEP SHORTS/
HIKING SHORTS (2nd)

??oz

HIKING SHIRT (2nd)

COLUMBIA AIRGILL SOLAR ZERO

5.29oz

HIKING SOCKS (2nd)

2.3oz

CAMP SHOES

CROCS!

6.7oz

TOTAL

??oz

Water/Cooking
Some people choose to go stove-less for the Pacific Crest Trail thru hike, I plan to at least start with a stove and see how it goes. The whole system is still pretty light.

WATER BOTTLE

NA

WATER FILTER

3oz

DIRTY WATER RESERVOIR

3oz

FOOD BAG

1.4oz

COOK STOVE

0.88oz

PACK TOWEL

0.5oz

LIGHTER

0.77oz

COOK GEAR STUFF SACK

ZPACKS CUBEN FIBER

0.16oz

TOTAL

14.91oz

Electronics
I use my iPhone for most everything (pictures/video, GPS, podcasts/music, Instagram/Facebook etc.) so I’m bringing my phone battery case as well as a battery brick. The two port charger and dual USB cables will allow charging of phone/case and brick at the same time in town.

CAMERA/DO EVERYTHING DEVICE

5.04oz

IPHONE BATTERY CASE

4.65oz

OTHER BATTERY PACK

6.4oz

DUAL USB WALL CHARGER

3.4oz

USB CHARGING CABLE (x2)

1.92oz

HEADLAMP

3.2oz

HEADPHONES

1.55oz

TOTAL

26.16oz

Essentials
Some extra stuff that doesn’t fit in the above categories

KNIFE

0.7oz

CORD

50ft ZLINE SLICK CORD

1.4oz

ROCK SACK

ZPACKS KIT

0.1oz

CRAP DIGGER

0.6oz

FOOD POUCH KOOZIE

CUSTOM MADE

??oz

POT KOOZIE

CUSTOM MADE

??oz

CAMERA ACCESSORY

??oz

TOTAL

??oz

Toiletries
Not much to say here, just a few things to keep relatively clean, groomed, and protected from the sun.

SMALL TOOTHBRUSH

0.2oz

TOOTHPASTE

TRAVEL SIZE

??oz

HAND SANITIZER

1.9oz

SPF50 SUNSCREEN

2.7oz

SPF30 LIP BALM

0.15oz

MED KIT

CUSTOM
(Bandaids, Moleskin, Tylenol, Anti-Biotic/Itch/Fungal Cream)

??oz

TOTAL

??oz

TOTAL BASE WEIGHT

What I’m Wearing
Here’s what I’m planning on for everyday wear while thru hiking the PCT. Items here not included in base weight.

HAT

BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY! AKA THE BEST BREWERY IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA!

SUNGLASSES

SHIRT

COLUMBIA AIRGILL SOLAR ZERO

BUG NET

AUTHENTIC AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK!

If you have any specific questions regarding my 2018 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike gear list please leave a comment below or shoot me an email and I will reply as quick as I can!

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