July 17

Brand Ambassador Gear List – Anish on the Oregon Desert Trail

For this month’s Ambassador Gear List, we return to Heather “Anish” Anderson and her recent hike of the Oregon Desert Trail.

Trout Mountains, Oregon Desert Trail

About the Oregon Desert Trail:

The Oregon Desert Trail is a conceptual route created in 2011 by the Oregon Natural Desert Association. It connects some of the most spectacular scenery Oregon has to offer including the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, the Steens Mountains, the Pueblo Mountains, and the Owyhee Canyonlands. The Western Terminus is in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and the Eastern Terminus is in the Lake Owyhee State Park near Ontario, Oregon on the Idaho border.

Since the Oregon Desert Trail is a route, there is very little “trail on the ground,” no ODT markings, and much of it follows old jeep roads or is cross-country. Users are encouraged to make their own route choices through public lands, following the GPS track and waypoints developed and provided by the Oregon Natural Desert Association. You can read more about the ODT as well as many Eastern Oregon natural features at onda.org.

Sunset over Hart Lake

Trip Stats:

Distance Hiked: 715 miles

Start: Tumulus Trailhead

Finish: Owyhee Overlook, Lake Owyhee State Park

Time: 22 days 22 hours

Daily Average: 31 miles


This route wasn’t as physically demanding as it was mentally demanding. Because there was little marked trail and a lot of cross country navigation was nearly constant.

Honeycomb Rock of Dago Canyon

Because there are extensive dry sections one must also be aware of water sources and availability. I carried up to 2 gallons of water.

Canyon in the Trout Mountains

Since I went in the spring following a wet winter snow was an issue at higher elevations and the water crossings in the Owyhee Canyonlands were treacherous.

Riverside camp along the Owyhee after a thunderstorm

Since it was spring the nights were still cold (at or below freezing), and daytime temperatures were relatively comfortable (70-80 most days).

Confluence of the Little West Owyhee and Owyhee Rivers

ItemNotesWeight (oz)Worn (oz)
Backpacking BuddyPinky 🙂0.5
Gossamer Gear Silverback Size small with small hipbeltbackpad replaced with nitelite pad33
Gossamer Gear Shoulder Pockets (one of each size)2.8
Gossamer Gear Pack Liner2.5
Loksack Opsackone large and one medium2
Swiss Army Classic knife0.8
Hot Hands (2)hand warmers1.7
Sewing kit0.1
.5 oz Neosporin0.5
Immodium, Benadryl, Aleve0.3
gauze bandages0.1
mini floss0.1
Cuben Q-Storage stuff sacks0.5
Leuko Tape0.3
Wet WipesIndividually wrapped. one per day0.2
hand sani0.3
Sawyer Sunscreen0.5
picaridin bug spray by Sawyer0.3
eyedrops/extra contact lenses0.6
Bamboo spoon0.7
Imbue Patches1
Gossamer Gear Crotch PotFor hydration of food0.5
Sleeping System
fleece pants3.7
fleece shirt4.7
Nightlite Torso Length sleeping pad4.6
Point 6 compression socks2.6
Thinlite Foam Padsit pad in day/extra padding at night2.4
Montbell 0 Degree Down Hugger 800 Sleeping bag46
Luna Tabu Bootiescamp shoes2.5
Gossamer Gear The Onewith carbon poles25
Gossamer Gear Polycryo Groundsheet1.6
Gossamer Gear LT5 Trekking polesStraps removed4.6
Hats, Gloves, Buffs, Bandanas, Sleeves, etc
Backcountry Ninjas Hat2
Half Bandana0.6
Seirus Warm Mitts5
Fleece Gloves1.4
Jackets and Rain Protection
Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Jacket7.5
Montbell Versalite Rain Jacket6
Montbell U.L. Stretch Wind Parka3.5
Montbell Stretch Full Zip Rain Pants10.5
Hiking Clothes
Point 6 Socks1.5
hiking dress4.3
Ibex Balance Bra1.7
Socks and Shoes
2pr Point 6 extra light mini crew hiking socks3
Altra Trail Gaiters1.6
Altra Lone Peak 25
Ultimate Direction 70 oz hydration bladder with Sawyer All in One In Line Filter10
Ultimate Direction Body Bottle Plus1.7
backflush syringe1.1
Sawyer 64 oz pouches (2)2.8
Suntactics 5 cell solar panel8
Smart Phonewith charger cord and wall plug10
External rechargable phone charger3
OR Sensor Dry Envelope0.8
Black Diamond Spot headlamp2.9
Extra BatteriesLithium AAA3
Total Carried (oz)233.85
Total Worn (oz)36.9