March 24

Backpacking in France Gear List

This 3 season gear list setup is for small to longer hikes anywhere in France in moderate altitude mountains and backcountry. It works well for daytime temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees. Overnight temperatures can be between 30 and 45 degrees. I’ve been using it comfortably for about three years in various conditions and terrains, from hot summers to moderate winters at sea level. I may add a sub 0.5oz polycro rain skirt in the future. Also pictured is 5 days worth of food.

5 day backpack

CategorySelectionWeight (oz) Details 
PackingGossamer Gear Kumo17.4
Gossamer Gear Pack Liner1.2
Ziploc 8x6” (with slider).2For small items
SleepingValandré Mirage 3/4 Sleeping Bag29Rated to 32°F comfort, in Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil XS compression pack
Gossamer Gear Thinlight Insulation Pad4.5
Aluminum Car Sun Visor2.6Optional, under the Insulation Pad
ShelterSix Moon Designs Wild Oasis Tarp14.7Seam sealed, shortened compression pack, 1,5mm Dyneema guylines
Polycro 5x8’ Ground Sheet2.8
4x Vargo Titan UL / 2x SMD 6” L-Stake2.1V-Shaped stakes for back and front, in DIY stuff sack
Packed ClothingQuechua Inuit2 Fleece Pants5.6
Patagona R1 Pullover Microfleece10.9
The North Face Point Five Jacket14.9Breathable rain jacket (could find something lighter)
Black Diamond Midweight Gloves1.7Fine, until they get wet
CookingFire Maple Titanium Stove FMS-116T1.7Cooking in the shelter, no need for windscreen
MSR Titan Kettle4.4
Light My Fire Spork.2Shortened
ElectronicsBlack Diamond Spot 90 Headlamp3.3Could find lighter
Nokia C1 Cellphone (or iPhone 4S)2.7Powered off
Fujifilm X30 Camera16.1 Optional, in backpack when not in use, heavy!
Garmin eTrex 10 GPS4.6Optional, mainly for tracking
Small EssentialsRepair/Utility Kit2.9Nashua 357 duct tape, sewing kit, cord, lighter, etc.
First Aid2.2Bandage, antiseptic, tweezers, lipstick, etc.
Hygiene1.9Microfiber wipe, toothbrush, soap, cotton swab
Red Bull MERE 001 Sunglasses1.9In DIY Case
Toilet paper, antibacterial3.1In 8x6” slider ziploc
Map3.3Protected by a ziploc when not in use
Micropur Forte Water Purifier.3Optional, in film container
Silva Ranger S compass2.2With mirror (could find lighter)
Blackfox UL Thermometer.3
Papers.7
Opinel N°6 Knife1.1
Total Base Weight (oz)Not Including worn items or consumables160.5
Total Base Weight (lbs)Not Including worn items or consumables10.0

This gear list was contributed by Gossamer Gear customer Mickael Kenikssi.