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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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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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Joan’s Sierra Gear List

This is my gear list for the Sierra section of my 2014 Pacific Crest Trail Hike.  The weather was usually in the 30’s at night, but sometimes dipped into the 20’s.  I entered the Sierra in late May, and encountered snow and hail.  Because I get cold easily, I use more insulation and I also […]

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Jim’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

I spend most of my time in the Central Adirondacks and use this setup for trips ranging from a couple of days up to two weeks. My hiking season begins in late spring and finishes up early fall. Temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on where I end up in the […]

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Dan Bortz’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

This gear list is designed for 2-3 day backpacking trips in the spring and fall in the forests of the Middle-Atlantic Region. Typical daytime temperatures range from 50-70 degrees.  Overnight temps can be anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees. The terrain is infamously rocky, but can also be muddy or swampy because the trails often […]

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Joe’s Appalachian Trail Gear List

This is my gear list for backpacking in the South East Appalachian Mountains during the hot months of May into September. The weather is hot and humid with rain a frequent all day occurrence. This makes staying dry a real challenge. Temperatures can vary with highs over 100 and lows at night into the upper 40’s. […]

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Jen’s Winter Gear List

These items serve as my core gear list for weekend backpacking trips during the winter. Layering is key for me in the colder months: I tend to run hot while hiking and then cold at camp. Even for a weekend trip, I believe in bringing a back-up to essential layering pieces – I have a […]

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