February 9

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 also be muddy or swampy because the trails often travel in and out of hollows and stream valleys.

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CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Type 216.5Used for 2-3 day hot-weather trips that require minimal gear.
Gossamer Gear Pack Liner1.4Waterproof Liner
Gossamer Gear NightLight Pad4.6Back pad, sit pad, and dog pad
ZPacks Cuben Fiber Dry Bag (Small)0.5For any "small stuff" that must stay dry.
ZPacks Cuben Fiber Stuff Sack (Large Rectangular)0.4Drawstring closure, food bag.
Sleeping and ShelterEnlightened Equipment ProdigyX22Quilt rated to 40 degrees. Synthetic Insulation.
Warbonnet Outdoors Traveler Hammock12.91.1oz/sq yard, double layer
DutchWare Whoopie Hook Suspension4.1Hammock Suspension
Titanium Shepherd's Hook Stakes (3)0.6
DutchWare CRL w/Soft Shackles0.7Tarp Ridge Line
ZPacks Z-Line 1.25mm0.3Guy Lines
Mountain Laurel Designs UL Hammock Tarp5.4Spinnaker tarp, no longer manufactured.
Packed ClothingGossamer Gear/Headsweats Beanie1.3Pink
Bridgedale Speed Demon Socks1.6Spare Socks
Mountain Hardwear Stretch Rappel1.2Bandana/towel/washcloth/neck gaiter
The North Face Verto Jacket3.5Wind Jacket. Also provides minimal rain protection.
HydrationFred Spring Water Bottle 1L (2)2BPA Free. Available at many convenience stores.
Platypus Platy Bottle 2L1.3
Sawyer Mini + Backwash Syringe2.6
Small EssentialsTitanium Long Spoon0.6
Stormproof Matches (10) and Strikers (2)0.4
Petzl e+Lite Headlamp.9Headlamp
Silva Wristband Compass0.2
First Aid/Hygiene Kit5.1Pills, bandages, ointments, TP, soap, bug stuff, etc
Repair/Utility Kit2Cuben Fiber tape, duct tape, cord, utility knife blade, batteries, etc
iPhone 5S w/Otterbox Preserver case6
SPOT Gen 2 Personal Locater Beacon4.2
LT4 Trekking Poles8.2
Titanium V-shaped Stake.4Spare stake. Doubles as trowel.
Total Base Weight (oz)Not Including worn items or consumables98.5
Total Base Weight (lbs)Not Including worn items or consumables6.15625

Video of Gear List


Article by former Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz