PCT – Gear List


When I tell people about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, many of the questions I get is about my gear. I can feel that it’s sad that most questions circles around this, especially since I think that a long list of what gear you ”need” is what stops most people to set out on a hike in the first place. It just seems like to much of a project.

I have therefor long hesitated wether I should publish my gear list or not. But also because I don’t want to affect what anyone buy and what you should bring is so individual. You have to adapt your pack after yourself and your own needs. Is comfort important to you or do you care more about having a light pack as possible? Only you can decide. Of all the things I brought with me there’s also much that I’ve just bought by coincidence, it is not sure that they’re the best.

But I can of course understand the questions and why people are curios about it. Especially if they been thinking about hiking the trail themself. At this very moment, many are preparing for their own hike along the Pacific Crest Trail this year and I’ve started to get some questions from them, for example about what gear I had. Therefore, I have now decided to put up my gear list! I have not written witch models I used here, but if you click on the blue marked products, you are getting linked directly to them. At the bottom of the page, I’ve also listed some tips on how to do put together your own gear list!

GEAR LIST PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

To wear

Carry and living

Clothes

Hygiene

Electronics / Various gear

  • Hot spot
  • Zip-lock bag with valuables (passport, cash, visa card, hiking permits) 
  • Paperback

Food

For certain areas

…And for those of you who wonders about the weight of my back, I can honestly say that I have no clue. I never weight my pack before I started and since I felt that the numbers on the scale meant nothing to me it didn’t matter. What did matter was that I felt good about how it felt on my back and with what I was brining. That was something the numbers couldn’t tell.

Tips to put together your own gear list:

Don’t use a big pack. Regardless what size your pack is you’re gonna fill it up to max. A smaller pack makes it easier to ditch all the ”just-in-case-things”. I made it through the U.S. with just a 45-55L pack.

Forget about the weight! Feel it instead. Pack what you think you need and feel how it is on your back. If it’s to heavy – try to put out some stuff that you can do without. If it feels ok, start with it and then start to adjust it later on the hike.

Listen to yourself. Ask for tips but remember to listen to yourself about what you want and/or need. If there’s someting you feel is important for you and your experience, bring it even if it will cause som extra weight. For me the comfort in camp is extremely important so I brought a pair of camp shoes, something a lot of others didn’t.

Evalutate. After a while on trail you can start to go through your pack and take out the things you don’t use or only used once. Some things you’re gonna want to keep anyway, but keep in mind that with a lighter pack, the hike will go much easier. With some experience you will find it easier to decide what to keep and what to pack out, what you really need or not. Send home or donate what you don’t need. Repeat this multiple times.

Good luck!

 

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2 kommentarer

  • Carmen
    29 januari, 2017 at 18:06

    Thank you for sharing your gear list! I’m going to hike the PCT this year and read a lot of blogs which helps me preparing. We’re you happy with your 13000 mAh powerbank or would you recommend taking less? Did you often use the hot spots?

    • lindaakerberg
      1 februari, 2017 at 21:53

      Thats awesome, I’m so happy for you! You know that the hardest thing is to make de decision to actually do it so you’re doing great already! 😉
      The 13000 mAh was perfect for me. I just used it to charge my iPhone between stops and I always felt safe having it. I don’t see any reason to bring a smaller one since there not much to save on volume or weight if you go smaller. Better to feel safe.
      I used the hotspots maybe one or two times. The thing is that when you only have one or two you always think about saving it if it might be colder tomorrow. 🙂 I think I could have done without them too though. A small nalgene water bottle is a better option I think if you’re worried about the cold. You can put boiling water in it and then keep it in your sleeping bag as a radiator.

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