Backpacking Gear List Template & Checklist
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ItemPriorityDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoPrioritySelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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GO SUIT CLOTHING + ITEMS WORN
GO SUIT CLOTHING + ITEMS WORN
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Hiking shirtCriticalPolyester, merino, or nylon. Ideally knit, not woven.Outdoor Research Echo HoodieCore 13 Clothing: S/S & L/S ShirtCriticalSierra Designs L/S Pack Polo6.0For intense Colorado sun, prefer L/S & collar vs sunscreenY-YYDries fast, looks sharp, tough. Too airy for cooler trips.
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Pants or shortsCriticalAthletic shorts or nylon trekking pantsPatagonia Strider Pro 5-inCore 13 Clothing: Running ShortsCriticalHind Running Shorts w/built-in liner5.0Tested on day-hikes only. Comfortable, no chafing.NOOlder Brooks shortsYYLegs badly sunburned. Wear pants + undees next time.
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Underwear AContingentIf wearing pants or unlined shorts. One pair.Saxx Kinetic Boxer BriefsCore 13 Clothing: Pants & UnderwearUnnecessary-0.0Shorts have linerY-YYJoe recommended his Ex Officio Give N Go underwear
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Bra AContingentPolyester or nylon, plus spandex for stretchBrooks Fiona Sports Bra-Unnecessary-0.0-Y-YY-
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HeadwearSuggestedKeep precip, sweat, hoods, & sun out of eyes, off faceHeadsweats ProTech-CriticalHeadsweats ProTech3.0Unlike visor or ballcap, protects scalp, tops of ears, and neckY-YYLooks dorky, but works great
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Sun glovesSuggestedProtection from intense sun, sharp rocks, scratchy brushGlacier Glove SungloveSuggestedGlacier Glove Sunglove2.5Will appreciate when scrambling on mineral-infused graniteYYY
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SunglassesContingentGenerally unnecessary for East, necessary for WestJulbo ShieldBuying considerationsCriticalJulbo Dirt1.5Polarized to reduce glare of lingering snowY-YNOOn order from Backcountry. Arriving July 15.Great purchase. Lenses too dark when in heavy tree cover.
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Rx glasses or contactsContingentPros & cons to bothPreciption glasses or contact lenses-Unnnecessary-0.020/20 visionY-YY-
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Trekking PolesCriticalExtra stability, traction, & power. Use to pitch shelter.Black Diamond Alpine Carbon CorkTag: Trekking polesCriticalCascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock15.0For $30 a definite "best value"Y-YY-
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TOTAL33.0
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FOOTWEARFOOTWEAR
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ShoesCriticalTrail running or hiking shoes. W/o good reason, no boots.La Sportiva Bushido IIRec'd footwear for high routes
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GaitersSuggestedKeep debris out. Ideal: breathable stretch nylon.Simblissity Levagaiter-
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Hiking socks ACriticalPolyester or merino w/nylon & limited spandexDeFeet WooleatorMy 3-season Sock System
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Hiking socks BContingentDry locales: Rotate with pair A, wash & dry between useDeFeet WooleatorHow to: Minimize effects of wet feet
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Camp footwearContingentNice to have if hiking shoes are wet. Not for day use.UL slide sandals, airline slippers, bread bags-
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Sleeping socksContingentPolyester, wool, or fleece. Not for daytime use.Acorn Versafit Fleece Sock
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TOTAL0.0
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CLOTHING: ELEMENT PROTECTION
CLOTHING: ELEMENT PROTECTION
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Shell topSuggestedRain jacket, umbrella, or poncho. If dry, windshirt OK.The PackaCore 13 Clothing: Rain jacket & pants
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Shell bottomsContingentRain pants or skirt. If warm or dry, wind pants OK.Outdoor Research Helium Rain PantsBackpacking in the Rain - SD LIVE
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UmbrellaContingentTruly WP & breathable. And protects from sun.Six Moon Design Silver ShadowPros & cons of umbrellas
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Mid-layer topContingentFleece or wool. Buffers moisture & adds warmth. REI Quarter-zip Fleece PulloverCore 13 Clothing: Fleece Top
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Trekking pants or thermalsContingentPants: bugs, brush, cold & sun. Thermals: just cold.Montane Terra Pack PantsCore 13 Clothing: Pants & underwear
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Liner glovesContingentAdd warmth, keep dexterity. Fleece, poly, or wool.DeFeet Duraglove-
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Shell mittsContingentWP, maybe WP/B. For cold precip or chilling winds.Showa 281 or 282Handwear for cold-and-wet
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Insulated headwearContingentWarmth, esp for ears, independent of jacket hoodBuff Original-
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CLOTHING: STOP & SLEEP
CLOTHING: STOP & SLEEP
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Insulated jacketContingentDown or synthetic fill. For camp + cool rest stops.Montbell Superior Down ParkaInsulation Geekiness - SD Live
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Insulated pantsContingentFor cold or long camps. Down, synthetic, fleece.WM Flash PantsCore 13: Puffy Jacket & Pants
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Underwear BContingentRec'd for women. Wash, dry & rotate with Pair A.Patagonia Women's Active Briefs-
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Bra BContingentRotate with Bra A. Wash & dry between uses.Brooks Fiona Sports Bra-
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Sleeping topContingentFor wet trips, to avoid sleeping in wet clothesREI Co-op Active Pursuits L/S ShirtCore 13 Clothing: Sleeping Top
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Sleeping bottomsContingentPolyester, wool, or fleece. Not for daytime use.Champion Powerflex TightCore 13 Clothing: Sleeping Bottoms
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PACKINGPACKING
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PackCriticalSweet spot is 2-3 lbs: durable, features, frameULA CircuitTutorial: How to pack a backpack
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WaterproofingContingentDry bags, pack cover, or pack linerBrute Super Tuff Bags 20-gallon-
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Food storage: todaySuggestedKeep in easily accessible spot. Holds day's rations.Ziploc Slider Bag - Freezer Quart-sizedBackpacking food basics
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Food storage: futureContingentStuff sack, Loksak, freezer bag. Buried deep in pack.LOKSAK OPSAK - 21x12Tutorial: Food storage & protection
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Food protectionContingentHard- or soft-sided, to deter bears & "mini-bears"Bear Vault BV450Buyers Guide: Bear Canisters
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Stuff sacksSuggestedAvoid over-organizing. I use 3: bag/quilt, pot, accessoriesNylon sacks + zippered travel pouch-
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Eyewear caseContingentMinimal weight to protect crucial & $$ itemHard case included with sunglasses-
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TOTAL0.0
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SHELTERSHELTER
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Rainfly or tarpSuggestedShed precip & wind. May be attached to inner nest.Sierra Designs High Route TentGuide: Tents, Tarps, Hammocks
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Nest, bivy, or hammockContingentInsect and ground protection. May be attached to fly.High Route 1FL Tent (inner)Tutorial: Find 5-star campsites
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Ground cloth or footprintContingentAdd WP-ness to inner. Or keep gear out of dirt.SOL Emergency Blanket-
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PolesContingentIf tent is compatible w/trekking poles = lighter Tent-specific-
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GuylinesCriticalInconveniently located roots & rocks? No problem.Mountain Laurel Designs 1.5 mm ProMy Guyline System for tents & tarps
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StakesCriticalAvoid stupid-light stakes: they fail at the worst times.MSR Groundhog 7.5-inMy picks: Stakes & Guylines
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TOTAL0.0
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SLEEPSLEEP
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Bag or quiltCriticalQuilts: drafty freedom. Bags: warm constriction. Sierra Designs Cloud 35Tutorial: Protect down from moisture
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Pad or under quiltCriticalPad: closed cell or air. UQ: down or syntheticTherm-a-Rest UberLiteTips for Quality Sleep - SD LIVE
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PillowOptionalCommercial, or improvise: extra clothing in stuff sackSierra Designs Animas Pillow-
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Ear plugsContingentBlock out snoring, midnight pee runs, nature noisesMack's Foam Plugs-
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KITCHENKITCHEN
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StoveSuggestedAt end of long & hard day, a hot meal is a treat.Trail Designs KojinGear lists: My 5 go-to stove systems
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Wind screenContingentA must-have for alcohol & solid fuel stovesSidewinder Ti-Tri-
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Pot standContingentUnncessary if pot designed to sit on stoveZen Stove: DIY pot stands-
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CookpotSuggested750ml-1L per person. Aluminum is best value.Evernew Titanium Ultraight 900mlDinner & Breakfast Recipes
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Eating bowl or potContingentFor cook groups of 2+. If solo, eat out of pot.Snow Peak Tittanium Bowl-
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Hot drink containerOptionalSmall luxury: have hot drink while eatingStarbucks Reusable Mug ($2 at stores)-
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Pot lifterOptionalUseful for tippy stoves, if pot lacks handlesMSR PanHandler Potlifter-
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Fuel containerSuggestedDepends on fuelFor alcohol: disposable drink bottle-
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Fuel measurementSuggestedFor noobs, helps develop eyeball sense for fuel amtPlastic measurement cups - 1 oz-
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UtensilCriticalBest for most meals: a spoon. Metal or plastic.GSI Outdoors Table Spoon-
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IgnitionSuggestedLighter or matchesBic Mini Lighter-
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TOTAL0.0
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HYDRATIONHYDRATION
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Bottle(s): primaryCriticalSoft- or hard-sided. User-friendly size.Smartwater 1L-
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Bottle(s): storageSuggestedFor arid areas & long camps. Collapsible, larger volume.Platypus Platy Bottle 2L-
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Treatment: primaryCriticalMust be fast, or else every water stop is an ordealAquamira Drops with pre-mix bottleTutorial: Purification methods
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Treatment: secondaryOptionalAs backup, or for large volumes in campPlatypus GravityWorks 4.0LTutorial: Assessing water quality
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NAVIGATIONNAVIGATION
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GuidebookContingentIf available for trail or routeYosemite High Route Guide-
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Topographic mapsSuggestedSmall- & large-scaleUSGS 7.5-min maps, made in CalTopoBackpacking maps 101: Types, sources
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DatabookContingentBarebones spreadsheet of key landmarksPfiffner Traverse GuideTutorial: Dead- reckoning nav
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WatchSuggestedBasic watch, altimeter watch, or GPS sport watchSuunto Ambit3 Peak GPS WatchNavigation equipment system
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CompassContingentFor regular use, baseplate w/adj declination is best Suunto M-3G Global Pro CompassHow-to video: Map & Compass
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Handheld GPS or GPS appSuggestedSmartphone w/GPS app: more user-friendly, less $$Pixel w/Gaia GPSNavigation equipment system
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Paper protectionSuggestedFor maps, guidebook, permit, emergency contactsZiploc 1-gallon Freezer Bag-
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Writing instrumentSuggestedGenerally useful. I like to take route notes, too.Retractable ball point pen, blue or black ink-
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