Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Gear List – 2018 Edition

by | Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

For my (Shawn) 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.

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

ULA CIRCUIT
(stripped to my preference)

38oz

SLEEPING QUILT

18.77oz

TOTAL

112.77oz

Packed Clothes
In addition to a warm jacket and rain jacket I’m planning one extra set of hiking clothes that can double as sleep clothes and one pair thermal bottoms which I’ll put on under my shorts if I get cold.

RAIN SHELL

6.4oz

WARM HAT

0.81oz

THERMAL BOTTOM

??oz

SLEEP/
HIKING SHORTS (2nd)

??oz

SLEEP/
HIKING SHIRT (2nd)

COLUMBIA AIRGILL SOLAR ZERO

5.29oz

SLEEP/
HIKING SOCKS (2nd)

2.3oz

CAMP SHOES

LIGHTWEIGHT THINGS I GOT AT A MARKET IN ZAMBIA

??oz

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

1.5oz

COOK STOVE

0.88oz

PACK TOWEL

0.5oz

LIGHTER

0.77oz

COOK GEAR STUFF SACK

ZPACKS CUBEN FIBER

0.16oz

TOTAL

15.01oz

Electronics
I worked in tech in a former life but I’m going to try my best to not bring much. I plan to use my iPhone for most everything (pictures/video, GPS/apps, podcasts/music, Instagram/Facebook etc.) and just back up to the cloud. 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

5.22oz

BATTERY PACK

6.4oz

DUAL USB WALL CHARGER

3.4oz

USB CHARGING CABLE (x2)

1.92oz

HEADLAMP

3.2oz

HEADPHONES

1.55oz

TOTAL

21.69oz

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

KNIFE

0.7oz

CORD

50ft ZLINE SLICK CORD

1.7oz

ROCK SACK/
MINI BINER

ZPACKS KIT

0.2oz

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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