This is my gear list for a Pacific Crest Trail 2018 through hike adventure. I want to hike the entire 2650+ miles but I have to be realistic–it is difficult even for the fittest of people. In my favour, I have a burning desire to do this hike and photography is hugely important to me, so I am sure I will enjoy the trip regardless of how many miles I achieve. Being denied a US Visa last year has not put me off :).
I will get around to reviewing of all the equipment I buy at some point or other. My apologies for mixing metric with imperial–this page is a complete mess for now :). Embedded into this Pacific Crest Trail 2018 Gear list page is a lighterpack gearlist.
It’s overwhelming as to the amount of information available online and I’ve been using lighterpack as it’s easier than WordPress to mess around with pack weights and whatnot. I’ll be updating this Pacific Crest Trail 2018 gear list page quite frequently. When I’ve finished the list and I’m 100% certain of what I’ll be buying, I’ll edit this entire page. Eventually it’ll be one easy to read Pacific Crest Trail specific gear list.
Pacific Crest Trail Photography
I have gone a bit overboard with camera technology and I’m currently a bit flustered with other gear.
Towards the start of last year, I focused more on camera technology because it’s something I can use in my day to day life and it’s not necessarily Pacific Crest Trail or travelling specific. I invested a fair bit of time researching the ideal smartphone and unfortunately it was time wasted–the phone in question was recalled twice. I’m now focusing less on electronics (I have 90% of the electronics I need; I just need a USB power bank, a phone and some memory cards) and more on hiking and camping equipment. This year has whizzed by so far.
Camera and electronics equipment
- Sony a7rII ~ This can be powered directly from the solar panel
- Sony NP-FW50 x2 (I am going to buy another before I leave, so that it’s new)
- Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens
- Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens ~ I might not bring this, especially as I can take JPGs with a phone in this focal range
- Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 lens
- Breakthrough Photography X4 52mm 6 Stop Neutral Density Filter ~ This thing is amazing
- Solar Paper 7.5 watt ~ I’ll possibly send one panel home if I wish to reduce weight
- Semi home-made tripod with a Giottos 1004 head ~ Legs will be attached to my hiking poles. Pictures will be added to my review eventually.
- Neewer® USB Battery Charger for NP-FW50 Rechargeable Batteries
- Garmin Fenix 5x Sapphire ~ For geotagging photographs and creating daily GPS tracklogs
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – For communication and backing up photographs
- Op/Tech Rainsleeve ~ This is lightweight, simple, cheap and extremely effective
- Bosavi Head Lamp ~ This was a great kickstart project but it’s now out of business.
- USB Battery packs. I may modify a Patriot FUEL+ pack. Ankor make a battery pack that’s 30g heavier than normal but it allows you to backup SD cards ~ if you own an Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC 10, Google Pixel or any phone like the aforementioned with fast USB speeds, this is not necessary
- Z-Line Dyneema® Cord ~ To fix Solar Paper
- Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 ~ Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX® Shoes
- ZPacks™ Arc Haul-Zip Backpack ~ Extra weight; unlikely
- ZPacks™ Duplex Ultralight Two Person Tent
- ZPacks™ 900 Sleeping Bag
The Big Three
- ZPacks™ 900 Sleeping Bag ~ the 20f (-7c for Europeans) model
- ZPacks™ Arc Haul Dyneema Backpack ~ Non Zip version plus extras
- Multi Pack – Four in one backpack lid / chest pack / belt pack ~ $45
- One Belt Pouch ~ $25
- One Shoulder Pouch ~ $25
- Key Pouch ~ $15
- Ice Axe Loops ~ $10
- Trekking Pole Holders ~ $10
- Lumbar Pad ~ $15
- Shoulder Strap Pads ~ $20
- Pack Liner Dry Bag ~ $45
- Pillow Dry Bag ~ $35
- ZPacks™ Altaplex Ultralight One Person Tent
- Carbon Fibre Stakes and Titanium Stakes ~ Too much
- Trekking Pole Cups ~ $5
The tent is good but a Duplex tent might allow me to take more equipment inside. The Duplex doesn’t require such tall trekking poles but it does require two of them i.e. if you break one pole, you’re stuffed. I’ve already purchased some Komperdell Ultralite Vario 4 Trekking Poles and I’ll likely keep my decision and purchase the ZPacks Altaplex.
I’m uncertain about the backpack. I’ll likely start buying most of my Pacific Crest Trail 2018 Equipment during black Friday sales. I want to buy things early so I can focus on the more important stuff, such as fitness.
- Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL ~ 410g
- Gossamergear Polycryo Ground Sheet ~ 46g
- Tyvek Ground Sheet ~ 50g
Cooking and Water Research
Jetboil Flash ~ 400g
- Olicamp Kinetic Ultra Titanium Stove ~ 48.2g (1.7oz for free folk :)) ~ decent in winds ~ not very stable
- SOTO Windmaster Stove ~ 65g (2.3oz) – 113g (4oz) ~ better in winds ~ stable with 4 prong setup
- Zpacks Evernew .9L Titanium ~ 93g
SteriPEN Aqua ~ 82g
- Any coloration will not allow the UV light to penetrate the water and it’s heavy
- Aquamira – Part A and B Drops ~ 28g
- Komperdell Vario 4 Ultralight Carbon Fibre Trekking Poles ~ 436g ~ adjustable ~ 145cm max ~ works with tent ~ Ordered these
Hiking pole research complete
Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles Carbon Fibre ~ 400g ~ £25
- Leki – Carbon Titanium – Trekking poles ~ 422g ~ adjustable ~ good clamp system ~ 135 max
- Leki – MICRO VARIO CARBON ~ 448g ~ adjustable ~ good clamp system ~ 130cm max
Black Diamond – Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles ~ 284g ~ lightweight ~ nonadjustable ~ 130cm max ~ review says not durable FIZAN Compact Trekking Poles ~ 340g ~ great but not available in the USA
- Komperdell Vario 4 Ultralight Carbon Fibre Trekking Poles ~ 436g ~ adjustable ~ 145cm max ~ works with tent