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GO SUIT CLOTHING + WORN
GO SUIT CLOTHING + WORN
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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Hiking shirtPolyester, merino wool, or nylon. Knit, not woven.CriticalPatagonia Lightweight Field Shirt7.2
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Pants or shortsLined running shorts or nylon trekking pantsCriticalGoLite Convertible Pants/Shorts & Belt14.0
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Underwear AIf wearing pants or unlined shorts. One pair.DependsPatagonia Capilene Anti-Wicking Boxers2.0
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Bra AQuick dry poly or nylon, plus spandex for stretchGender-specificN/A0.0
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HeadwearKeep precip, sweat, hoods out of eyes; sun protectionCriticalBoonie Hat4.0
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Sun glovesProtection from intense sun, sharp rocks, scratchy brushSuggestedGlacier Glove Sunglove2.0
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SunglassesGenerally unnecessary for East, necessary for WestCriticalMaui Jim UV Glasses0.8
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Rx glasses or contactsPros & cons to bothDependsReading Glasses1.0
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Trekking PolesExtra stability, traction, & power. Use to pitch shelter.Critical2 @ Leki Sierra Photo20.8
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TOTAL51.7
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FOOTWEARFOOTWEAR
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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ShoesTrail running or hiking shoes; no boots w/o good reasonCriticalSalomon XA Pro 3D24.0
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GaitersKeep debris out. Ideal: breathable stretch nylon.OptionalN/A0.0
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Hiking socks APolyester or merino wool w/nylon & elastaneCriticalSmartWool Merino2.5
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Hiking socks BIn dry environs, alternate wash & dry with pair ACriticalSmartWool Merino2.5
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Camp footwearDry & warm feet despite wet footwear. Not for day use.UnnecessaryN/A0.0
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Sleeping socksPolyester, wool, or fleece. Not for daytime use.UnnecessaryN/A0.0
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TOTAL29.0
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CLOTHING: ELEMENT PROTECTION
CLOTHING: ELEMENT PROTECTION
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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Shell topWP/B jacket, poncho, umbrella, wind shirtCriticalGoLite Malpaise Trinity Rain Shell8.3
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Shell bottomsWP/B pants, rain skirt, chaps, or wind pantsCriticalGoLite Currant Mountain GoreTex Rain Pants8.5
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UmbrellaUltimate WP/breathable rain gear. Or sun protection.UnnecessaryN/A0.0
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Mid-layer topFleece or wool. Buffers moisture & adds warmth. SuggestedPatagonia Lightweight Fleece9.0
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Trekking pants or thermalsPants: bugs, brush, cold & sun. Thermals: frigid temps.DependsChilis Thermals7.5
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Liner glovesAdd warmth, keep dexterity. Fleece, poly, or wool.UnnecessarySmartWool Liner Gloves
2.0
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Shell mittsPrecip & wind protection. WP/B or W/R shells.CriticalN/A0.0
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Insulated headwearWarmth, esp for ears. Alternative: hooded jackets.CriticalIcebreaker Merino Beenie1.5
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TOTAL36.8
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CLOTHING: STOP & SLEEP
CLOTHING: STOP & SLEEP
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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Insulated jacketDown or synthetic fill. For cool camps, rest stops.CriticalGoLite Selkirk Ultra Light Down Vest6.9
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Insulated pantsFor cold or long camps. Down, synthetic, fleece.Unnecessary
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Underwear BRec'd for women. Wash, dry & rotate with Underwear A.Gender-specificPatagonia Capilene Anti-Wicking Boxers2.0
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Sleeping topPolyester, wool, or fleece. Not for daytime use.Unnecessary
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Sleeping bottomsMost warranted for wet & humid trips, not dryUnnecessary
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TOTAL8.9
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PACKINGPACKING
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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PackSweet spot is 2-3 lbs: durable, features, frameCriticalULA Ohm232.0
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WaterproofingDry bags, pack cover, or pack linerCriticalBackPack External Cover4.3
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Food storage: todayKeep in easily accessible spot. Holds today's rations.Critical1Q ZipLoc Freezer Bags0.5
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Food storage: futureStuff sack, Loksak, gallon-sized freezer bagsUnnecessaryN/A0.0
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Food protectionHard- or soft-sided, to deter bears & mini bearsCriticalBear Vault BV45033.0
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Stuff sacksAvoid over-organizing. I use 3: quilt, pot, accessoriesSuggestedWexTex 5L Dry Storage3.5
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Eyewear caseMinimal weight to protect crucial & $$ itemSuggestedMicroFiber Sack0.3
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TOTAL73.6
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SHELTERSHELTER
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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Rainfly or tarpShed precip & wind. May be attached to inner nest.CriticalSierra Designs High Route 1 w/o liner26.5
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Nest, bivy, or hammockInsect and ground protection. May be attached to fly.OptionalN/A0.0
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Ground cloth or footprintGround water protection. Keep gear out of dirt.OptionalContractor Garbage Bag4.0
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PolesIf tent is compatible w/trekking poles = lighter DependsN/A0.0
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GuylinesInconveniently located roots & rocks? No problem.CriticalIncluded W/Tent0.0
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StakesAvoid stupid-light stakes: they fail at the worst times.CriticalIncluded W/Tent0.0
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TOTAL30.5
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SLEEPSLEEP
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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Bag or quiltQuilts: free but drafty. Bags: constrictive but warmer. CriticalSierra Designs 30 Degree Quilt25.0
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Pad or under quiltPad: closed cell or air. UQ: down or syntheticCriticalExped SynMat UL715.0
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PillowCommercial, or improvise: extra clothing in stuff sackOptionalExped Pillow2.5
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TOTAL42.5
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KITCHENKITCHEN
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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StoveHot meal a treat at end of long & hard dayCriticalAlcohol Stove & Little Critter Stand1.4
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Wind screenA must-have for alcohol & solid fuel stovesDependsFlex Screen1.7
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Pot standUnncessary if pot designed to sit on stoveDependsN/A0.0
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Cookpot750ml-1L per person. Aluminum is best value.CriticalTitanium 1L Cook Pot5.1
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Eating bowl or potFor cook groups of 2+. If solo, eat out of pot.DependsN/A0.0
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Hot drink containerSmall luxury: drink coffee/tea while eating a mealOptionalTitanium 600ml Cup2.8
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Pot lifterUseful for tippy stoves, if pot lacks handlesDependsN/A0.0
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Fuel containerDepends on fuelCritical8 oz. Alcohol8.5
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Fuel measurementFor noobs, helps develop eyeball sense for fuel amtDepends0.0
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UtensilBest for most meals: a spoon. Metal or plastic.CriticalLight My Fire Titanium Spork0.8
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IgnitionLighter or matchesCriticalBic Lighter0.3
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TOTAL20.5
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HYDRATIONHYDRATION
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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Bottle(s): primarySoft- or hard-sided. User-friendly size.CriticalSawyer 4L bladder w/drink hose8.0
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Bottle(s): storageFor arid areas & long camps. Soft-sided, larger volume.CriticalN/A0.0
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Treatment: primaryMust be fast, or else every water stop is an ordealProvidedN/A0.0
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Treatment: secondaryAs backup, or for large volumes in campOptionalPotable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Tablets0.2
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TOTAL8.2
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NAVIGATIONNAVIGATION
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ItemDescription or PurposeRanking
July CO
SelectionWeight
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GuidebookIf available for trail or routeProvidedN/A0.0
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Topographic mapsSmall- & large-scaleProvidedN/A1.0
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DatabookBarebones spreadsheet of key landmarksUnnecessaryN/A0.0
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