January 5

Dan Bortz’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

3 day backpacking gear list
Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz

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 travel in and out of hollows and stream valleys.

CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Murmur10Ultralight pack for use with very light loads
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 (Small)0.1Drawstring closure, for cook kit.
ZPacks Cuben Fiber Stuff Sack (Large Rectangular)0.4Drawstring closure, food bag.
Sleeping and ShelterEnlightened Equipment RevelationX30.2Quilt rated to 10 degrees. 700-fill Down Insulation.
Warbonnet Outdoors Traveler Hammock12.91.1oz/sq yard, double layer
Warbonnet Yeti 3-season12Hammock Under Quilt, rated to 20 degrees
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
Cabela's XPG Mini Crew Socks1.5Spare Socks
Mountain Hardwear Stretch Rappel1.2Bandana/towel/washcloth/neck gaiter
Outdoor Research Helium II7.2Rain Jacket
Stoic Hadron Down Cardigan8.7Down Pullover
HydrationFred Spring Water Bottle 1L (2)2BPA Free. Available at many convenience stores.
Platypus Platy Bottle 2L1.3
Aquamira1.6Chlorine Dioxide chemical water treatment
CookingEsbit Wing Stove0.5Solid Fuel Stove
Flat Bottom 2-cup Foster's Can Cookpot1.2
aluminum flashing0.5windscreen
Titanium Long Spoon0.6
Stormproof Matches (10) and Strikers (2)0.4
Small EssentialsBlack Diamond Gizmo2.2Headlamp
Silva Wristband Compass0.2
Titanium V-shaped Snow Stake0.4Spare stake. Doubles as trowel.
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
Gossamer Gear LT4 Trekking Poles8.2
Total Base Weight (oz)Not Including worn items or consumables139.5
Total Base Weight (lbs)Not Including worn items or consumables8.72

This gear list was contributed by Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz, who leads frequent day hikes and backpacking trips in eastern Pennsylvania.