Gear List

Below is a rough list of items we are taking with us on the hike. I have put a great a mount of thoughts into each one of them. One thing I learned from running is that it is a bad idea to go out with brand new gear. Testing and tweaking is something to be done at home or near home. Some of the gears are from trips we’ve taken before, some have been upgraded or added to accommodate the new little man, such as our new Cooper Spur UL3 tent. Everything has been field tested for functionality. All unnecessary parts and tags have been removed to save weight. Our dry weight, including 5-7 days of food, will be around 30 pounds for Peter and 20 pounds for me (plus Owen, currently 12 and half pounds). Water will be our heaviest item by far, especially through the dry stretches. I will try to add details on the brand and models when time allows.

We can talk about gears for days. Everything can fall apart. There is not ultimate list. The most important piece of gear is not what is on your shoulders but what is in between them, that giant brain of yours. We are both pretty resourceful. Hopefully we can put two brains together to work things out. Stay calm and think rationally will be the key.

Pack: My Trail 70L (2)



  • Phone – iPhones (2)
  • Wall plug (1) – AUKEY USB Wall Charger, charging cables (2)
  • InReach


  • Water filter – GravityWorks 4.0L
  • Water storage – Seattle Sport AquaSto Water Keg 8L
  • Stove – Jetboil Flash
  • Pot – Jetboil
  • Fuel
  • Cups
  • Sporks – Light My Fire
  • Lighter


  • Diapers – Cuties (it’s thinner and lighter than most other disposables). We have five a day with some disposable and reusable inserts. I tried to figure out a cloth diaper system. It just seemed too difficult for SoCal where water is often scarce. We have been working with Owen to go outside of his diapers so hopefully we can take enough potty breaks to save on diapers.
  • Wipes,
  • Coconut oil
  • Overnight bamboo nursing pads (8) to be used as pee inserts, will try to wash and reuse when water is available (of course, washing away from water source to adhere to LNT)
  • Short sleeve cotton onsie (1)
  • Cotton pants (1)
  • Long sleeve wool onsie (1): Janus 100% Merino Wool Baby Bodysuit Long Sleeve
  • Fleece pullover sweater & pants: Patagonia Baby Micro D
  • Wool overall (1): Polam O. Pyret
  • Hat (1): Polarn O. Pyret Ribbed Helmet
  • Wool socks (2 pairs)
  • UV leggings: homemade from UV cooling arm sleeves
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Baby carrier (1): one homemade with SAM medical splint
  • Baby carrier covers (2): one homemade warm windproof cover, one homemade sun cover


  • Thin wool underlayer (1 each)
  • Fleece (1 each)
  • Wind breaker (1 each)
  • Buttoned shirt (1 for each)
  • Sunbib (1 for Liren): SUNBIB 2.0
  • Arm sleeves (1 for Liren): Mega, Performance Shawl Arm Sleeves
  • Pants (1 each): Nylon
  • Poncho/tarp (1) – My Trail Poncho UL Tarp
  • Underwear (2 each): ExOfficio
  • Socks (3 each): Darn Tough, Injinji
  • Sleep shirt and pants
  • Mosquito suit (1): Coghlan’s Bug Jacket
  • Hats (1 each)
  • Gaiters (1 pair each): Dirty Girl
  • Shoes (1 pair each): Inov8 trail running shoes


  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, hand sanitizers, sponge, toilet paper
  • Towels(2)
  • Disposable towels: EZ Towel
  • Handkerchief
  • Soap – Dr. Bronners
  • Collapsible water bucket for washing
  • Potty trowel: The Tentlab The Deuce of Spades Backcountry Potty Trowel, 0.6 ounces
  • Safety pins (3)
  • pStyle


  • Breakfast (milk, coffee, cereal)
  • Lunch snacks (nuts, bars, hummus, peanut butter, protein shakes)
  • Dinner: dehydrated meals, Mountain House for dry sections
  • Electrolyte tabs


  • First Aid kit
  • IDs: passports, drivers licenses, insurance card
  • Section map: Half Mile (yes, I know, we have the apps and inReach GPS. Who knows, paper map could come handy when all the electronics fail. If desperate we can always use them as TPs. Can’t wipe your butt with an iPhone) 
  • PCT & Fire Permits
  • Headlamp (1): Black Diamond ReVolt Rechargeable headlamp, 1 set of extra batteries
  • Solar light (1): Luci
  • Sunglasses (1 each)
  • Trekking poles (1 set each): Black Diamond
  • Umbrellas (1): My Trail (We originally planned to bring one each but I really can’t see myself holding an umbrella for an extended amount of time. We will alternate with one umbrella instead).
  • Pocket knife
  • Mirror
  • Tape: Gorilla
  • Dry Sack (3): Sea to Summit for food, first aid kit, IDs  
  • Compression sack (2): Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil waterproof compression sack for down quilt and clothes
  • Garbage bag



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