September 29

Lightweight John Muir Trail (JMT) Gear List

Going lightweight on the John Muir Trail (JMT), does not mean being uncomfortable, unsafe, or without a few non-essentials. Properly researching your hike and having the skills necessary is important for creating your checklist. Beginning? Learn how to start lightweight backpacking. Do your research! Knowing the variable conditions could equal pounds as you will know … Continue reading “Lightweight John Muir Trail (JMT) Gear List”

September 15

Hikin’ Jim’s Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

This is my general summer backpacking gear list for mountain regions (elevations up to 14,000′) in the Southwestern US for temperatures down to about 40F/5C. For lower altitude summer trips, delete the rain jacket, down vest, hat, and gloves. This list is suitable for locations that do not require a bear canister, but a bear … Continue reading “Hikin’ Jim’s Lightweight Backpacking Gear List”

September 1

Philip’s White Mountains Gear List

This is hiker Philip Werner’s summer gear list is designed for backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on trips lasting from 1-4 days in length. Summer temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees fahrenheit, depending on weather conditions and elevation. Wind chill and hypothermia are serious risks year round, particularly above treeline. The terrain … Continue reading “Philip’s White Mountains Gear List”