Gear List

The Big Three

Backpack: A ULA Circuit pack without any extras. I really like this pack even though it is not the lightest pack on the market. By removing some of of the extras and trimming away some things I have made it a little lighter. The pack seems to fit me well and has some structure to it, which I like.

Sleeping Bag/Quilt: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20 quilt. I decided to go with a quilt because I get very claustrophobic in a mummy bag or "normal sleeping bag". I toss and turn a lot in my sleep and a quilt seems to be more forgiving. The quilt is probably my most favorite piece of gear I carry with me. Not only is it light weight but it is warm.

Tent: Double Rainbow by Tarptent. Mandie and I just purchased this tent as a lighter replacement to our Big Agnes UL2 tent. We haven't used it yet so I dunno much about it. I will be carrying the poles while she carries the body of the tent. We will use a sheet of Tyvek as our ground cloth. (Thanks RR)


Base Layer / Sleeping
  • Patagonia Capilene 3 Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Patagonia Capilene 3 Pants
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Balaclava (Thanks Mandie)
Mid Layer / Hiking
  • Dress Socks, as liner socks
  • Smartwool or Wigwam Socks, as outer socks
  • Exoficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs
  • The North Face Convertible Pants
  • Exoficio Air Strip Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Some hat that Mandie gave me
Outer Layer / Cold & Rain
  • Outdoor Research PL 400 Gloves
  • Sierra Designs Hurricane Rain Jacket
  • GoLite 800 Fill Down Jacket (with hood removed)
  • Brooks Cascadia Shoes
  • Dirty Girl Gaiters


  • Therm-a-Rest All Season Sleeping Pad
  • Exped Air Pillow UL



  • Aluminum Long Handle Spoon
  • Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 Mug
  • JetBoil Fuel Canister


  • 3L Platypus Hydration System
  • Sawyer In-Line Water Filter
  • 3L Platypus Dirty Bag

Toiletries / First Aid

  • Toilet Paper
  • Medicines and Pain Relievers
  • Saline Solution
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tweezers
  • Leukotape - Better than duct tape
  • Mini Bic Lighter
  • Ear Plugs
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby Wipes
  • Extra Freezer Bags (for packing out TP. Mandie says, 'Do it or else!')
  • Hand Sanitizer


  • iPhone
  • Camera
  • Pocket Knife
  • Headlamp w/ Extra Batteries
  • Mini Compass
  • Whistle
  • Bear Can - Sierra Only
  • Trekking Poles