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Lightweight gear lists for hiking in various places. These checklists are for random conditions and hiker needs. There is no one size fits all. It is important that you find what works best for you. We hope they inspire you to get outdoors!

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Brand Ambassador Gear List – Liz “Snorkel” Thomas

Next up in the Brand Ambassador Gear List series is Liz “Snorkel” Thomas. Snorkel has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States on 16 long distance hikes, including the pioneering traverse of the Chinook Trail across the Columbia River Gorge and the pioneering traverse of the Wasatch Range, which she did solo. Liz is affectionately known […]

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Brand Ambassador Gear List – Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa

Our Brand Ambassadors serve as a source of inspiration and we are excited to announce a new series where you’ll get a chance to see what’s in their packs! First up, Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa shares his gear list for his 2016 hike of the Continental Divide Trail.The following gear was used during the last two […]

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Heather “Anish” Anderson FKT Gear List

Here is the basic gear list for my 2015 Appalachian Trail FKT Thru-hike. While this list contains ultralight gear and clothing it does not include food. My overall base weight hovered around 9 lbs, give or take things like how many batteries I was carrying or later in the hike when I threw away one […]

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Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Gear List

My Continental Divide Trail (CDT) gear list is from the trials and errors on my previous long-distance hikes. When I am not hiking, my lifestyle reflects a minimalist philosophy and I incorporate this lifestyle on trail by utilizing ultralight gear. I do not require a great deal of luxury items and am happier with a more […]

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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 […]

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Overnight Gear in a Daypack

This gear list is designed for 2-4 day hot, summer backpacking trips in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains and Pine Creek Gorge regions. Typical daytime temperatures range from 60-90 degrees, often with high humidity. Overnight temps rarely dip below 50. Afternoon thunderstorms are almost always possible, but are usually short-lived. The terrain is infamously rocky, but can […]

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Sub 4 Pound Base Weight for Backpacking

When I started backpacking I was on the smallish side (4’4”, 65 lbs), so I had to watch my overall pack base weight. With some parental help and custom (because manufacturers were not making youth equipment), smaller-sized gear, I had a base pack weight of around 13 pounds. As I grew and added amenities (pad, […]

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