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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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12Average Age of gear
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LbsOzTot Ozkg
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"Base" Weight1010170.64.84
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Food&Water127199.05.64
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Total Pack231369.610.48
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Skin Out Weight255405.711.50
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Items# ofOzsTotalSelectedDescription / Explanation
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Pack28.0
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Pack12828.02009Configured with stays and AirFlow pad. On my 2nd Gorilla
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Home: Shelter20.0
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Zpacks Hexamid + Door + Stakes110.110.12010solo shelter with full netting sidewalls and floor... stays in my pack unless rain or heavy bugs
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MLD Superlite Bivy166.02011DWR bivy with eVENT foot for protection. Keeps my quilt protected.. under tarp or coyboy camp
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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
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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
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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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Cooking44.3
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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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MiniBic Lighter10.40.42004esbits 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 Carry18.0
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Injinji Tetratsok11.51.52005Extra socks. On Nth pair.
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BPL Thorofare Pants04.50.02009ultralight wind and water resistant pants. Typically only worn in camp or against bugs. On 3rd pair
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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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Patagonia Cap4 Hoody080.02009Sleep shirt, worn during day if cold. Great versitility. Now called Capilene Thermal Weight. On second
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Macpac Nitro Pullover1552021active/light insulation. Experimenting using it instead of Cap4. Really loving it.
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Gore Wear H7 Trail Running Rain Jacket144.02020Fragile but highly breathable rain shell, replaced Norvan SL whose zipper leaks
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Montbell Plasma Vest1332021I run hot: vest + cap4 or nitro + shell are enough down 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 Wear32.2
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Alta Trail Running Shoes11818.02014Light weight trail running shoes which combined with toe socks means no blisters for me. on 14th? pair
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Keen Sandals0180.02015When going in and out of water. Heavier than I like but toe guard essential for me. On 2nd pair
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Luna Sandals090.02022Used several seasons ago, abandon due to stubbed toes. Trying again cause my foot placement better
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Injinji Tetratsok11.51.52005toe socks which prevent blisters between my toes... on Nth pair
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Rocky Gore-Tex Socks02.10.02009Used when expecting wet and dirty conditions. On 2nd pair
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De Soto Mobius Tri Shorts14.14.12012do everything compression shorts. Used both Zoot and De Soto. On 4th pair?
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Xenith Delta Shirt + Castelli Arm Sleeves05.50.02021low stink, good sun protection, high breathability, moderate drying speed, great it hot weather
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Outlier Supplex LS Shirt16.86.82014dries quickly, bugs can't bite through, stinky after a day 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