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Mark's 3-Season Sierras, 4-season Coastal Backpacking List
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Light but comfortable for conditions expected to be >25F, no snow, <=10 days without resupply. Been "ok" on trips that hit 15F and several inches of snow
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See https://verber.com/outdoor-gear/ for more detailed explanation of selections
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Number of Days71Cooking
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bad bugs11Bear Canister
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11Average Age of gear
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LbsOzTot Ozkg
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"Base" Weight113179.75.09
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Food&Water127199.05.64
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Total Pack2310378.710.73
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Skin Out Weight2515415.611.78
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Items# ofOzsTotalSelectedDescription / Explanation
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Pack28.0
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Pack12828.0200940L. Comfortable to 25lb. Configured with stays and AirFlow pad. On my 2nd Gorilla
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Home: Shelter27.0
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Durston X-Pro 2120.520.520222 person shelter, light enough for solo when not traveling with others
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ZPacks 48" Tent Pole12.62.62022
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Gossamer Gear Lightrek 413.93.92012Pole for tarp. Carried on outside pack. Used for stream cross or difficult traverse.
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Home: Sleeping Gear26.6
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NunatakUSA Ghost Quilt11616.02003good to 30F (w/ cap4 hoodie, pants), been good to 15F wearing all clothing (76" long, 25" feet, 40" top)
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Fleece/SilNylon Pillow/Stuff Sack11.61.62006Holds quilt. Fleece nice against face. extra clothing "stuffing" as pillow
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NeoAir UberLite Air Mattress199.02020I have been comfortable to 20F (I sleep with a chillipad at home set on "Lowest").
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Small & Essential Items17.2
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1Gal ziplock bag10.20.22001keeps all my small items together so they are easy to find (on my Nth... wears out)
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First Aid Kit+Repairs133.02002Adventure Medical Ultralight .3 + aleve, pro-tick remover, kinesio tape, super glue, compeed blister pads
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Repair Kit1222002Matches, Sparkie, Firestarter, Needle&Thread, MP Tablets, Patches, Fabric Tape, SuperGlue
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NiteCore NU251112020Light, good regulation. If expecting very challenging wayfinding reclaim my ZebraLight
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Bathroom12.52.52002.5 UL small packtowel, soap, toothbrush, floss, baking soda
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Wipes80.43.22003One / day + 1 extra [Use a V stake with plumbing T connector as a shovel]
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GG EZC Spectra Line10.30.32006You can always find uses for rope
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uWallet, ID, Money, & Keys133.02008to get back into my car, id for people to know who I am, etc
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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent111.02008Has been as effective as DEET for me, doesn't feel slimy, and doesn't destroy synthetic materials
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LittleFly Designs Headnet111.02004Bring if expecting lots of bugs
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Essentials on Person3.9
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Flexon Eyeglasses10.70.71995current pair is from 2020
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Garmin 955 Watch122.02022do everything sport watch. Runs 1 week without GPS, 20 hours of GPS
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Victorinox Rambler Pocket Knife10.80.81999my everyday carry knife. When in group swich to Benchmade Mini Bugout
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Hand Cleaner & Blistex10.40.42005refreshed when used up
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Cooking44.5
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Trail Designs UL Caldera & Ebiits Stove111.02009If going to be hot, I don't bother cooking and leave the stove at home
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MLD 850ml Pot/Mug13.53.52009perfect size solo cook pot / mug, with snowpeak hotlips
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Bic Lighter10.60.62004esbits slow starting… spark not enough. Replace when out of fuel
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MSR Folding Foon10.40.42010Collapsed small enough to fit in pot with rest of cooking gear
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Food Bag01.20.02002sil-nylon stuff sack for hanging. on the 3rd? bag
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Bear Boxer 1010250.02010Smaller bear canister that fits more easily in backpack. Good for up to 4 days if carefully packed
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Bearikade Weekender12929.02003Bear canister with can hold up to 11 days of carefully packed food, 6 days if not so careful
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Geigerrig Inline Water Filter122.02012With pressurized water bladder usable on the go. on second
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Geigerrig Hydration System188.02012easy to fill hydration system.. often carry just 1L, but on some trips the 3L is very useful
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Clothing Carry19.9
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Xoskin Toe Socks11.21.22022Extra socks
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ZPacks Rain Pants14.54.52018light rain pants which can also be worn for warmth, protection against wind.
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Macpac Nitro Pullover1552021active/light insulation. warmer range (warmer and lighter than patagonia thermal weight)
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GoreWear R7 Trail Running Jacket16.26.22020Fragile but highly breathable rain shell
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Montbell Plasma Vest1332021I run hot: vest + cap4 or nitro + shell are enough to a bit below to freezing
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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody090.02020When expecting sub-freezing temps. Adds around 25F comfort. Replace WM Flash which was too warm
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Mountain Hardware Grub Gloves02.302015good dexterity with just the base, deploy mitts when colder. 3nd pair
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Clothing Wear33.0
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Luna Sandals199.02013Used several seasons ago, abandon due to stubbed toes. Using again: my foot placement better
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Inov-8 Trailfly G 2700170.02022When route is too technical for sandals
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Xoskin Toe Socks11.21.22022toe socks which prevent blisters between my toes... on 1th pair
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Western Rise Evolution Pants110.510.52020Pants work for urban and backcountry
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ArcTeryx Cormac LS Zip04.50.02022UPF 50 protection
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Solarbri Weekend Shirt110.510.52022dries quickly, bugs can't bite through, resistance abrassions, stinky after 2 days but washes out
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Montbell Rain Umbrero11.81.82020Painted for sun protection. Light, good ventilation, sun and rain protection. silly looking
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Consume199.0
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Daily Food718126.0solo: breakfast bars, oatmeal, lunch meats & pita, couscous&meat, chocolate bar
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esbits fuel60.53.0one cube boils water for dinner and a small cup of tea
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xLitters of Water23570.0
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Misc/Options16.5
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Brunton ADC Pro WeatherStation11.71.72004I am always interesting in the conditions. shell is breaking down but still works
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Garmin InReach Mini13.53.52020Gives family piece of mind on solo trips
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iPhone 12mini14.754.82020gps + full quad maps, note pad, voice recorder, bible
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RAVpower 10k USB charger16.56.52019Trips using Gaia to record a new offtrail route, or extended trips to recharge headlamp & watch
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Pack Towel Ultralight, Medium01.20.02011Take if going to be swimming, etc. Otherwise use hand towel in "bathroom" kit
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Fallkniven F1 Knife06.50.02004For when doing bushcraft, very off trail, etc