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Glen Van Peski gear list

Glen Van Peski at Puppet Pass

My typical gear list is for a summer/fall trip of 3 - 6 days in the Sierra or other western mountains, typically mostly above tree line.  Temperatures range from freezing to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  My trips are generally composed of some trail, and some off-trail travel, typically with at least one other person.  My most common substitutions are adding 4 ounces by going with my heavier sleeping bag, and adding another 3.4 ounces by going with the QTwinn for a shelter if I’m expecting significant weather.  If going off-trail by myself, I would invest in a Spot locator.  I have used this basic gear for many years, and spent some stormy nights, and days trudging through snow, so am comfortable in a wide range of conditions.
CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details  
PackingGossamer Gear Murmur wo/belt8.4If load gets above 15 lbs. I add the waist belt.
Pack liner bag1.0Mylar bag
Food storage bag0.6Homemade grocery-type bag from spinnaker
Clothing stuff sack0.3Cuben fiber
Stuff sack for misc small items0.1Cuben fiber
60' Spectra 725 line, garlic bag, mini 'biner1.3Bear bag setup, if needed. In non-bear country, use food as pillow
SleepingSleeplight long 30 deg down bag17.2Hood, no down on bottom, no zipper. If I know for sure it will be under 36, I'm likely to take my heavy 22 oz. bag, same construction, more down.
Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8" - 30" l, 12-16" w2.1Minimal torso sleeping pad requires some good site selection skills, and ability to contour sleeping area
ShelterHomemade Cuben Wedge4.4Minimal lean-to shelter, with spectra line, 2 Ti V-stakes, 4 Easton FMJ stakes. If significant weather expected, I upgrade to the Cuben Twinn, total of 8.1 oz. with stakes. No stuff sacks. Trekking poles for support.
Gossamer Gear polycryo - small1.2Trimmed down to 20" wide
Packed ClothingMontbell Ex Light down jacket L5.7Not strictly needed, but a nice comfort item
Zpacks jacket5.0Breathable cuben fiber rain jacket, also used for wind
Zpacks CloudKilt1.4May leave this out if good weather expected
RAB MeCo gloves1.0Not super warm, but usually enough
Possumdown1.7Warm hat
Balega or other wicking socks0.8Spare socks allowing for rotation
Fleece sleeping socks1.8A little extra warmth for feet, don't always use them
Hydration1 liter Smart Water bottle1.6Use for mixing Emergen-C, can reach it from a side pocket while walking
3 liter Platypus 1.7Often hike in dry climes, like to have decent capacity, carry outside pack behind sleeping pad
Platypus drinking tube2.0I find I stay hydrated better when carrying the extra weight of a hydration tube
Bleach0.4In mini dropper bottle, good for 4 - 5 days typically
CookingTrail Designs gram cracker0.1Holds Esbit tabs
Trail Designs Caldera Ti-Tri0.9Windscreen and pot support, can be used for wood fires if allowed
paper matches 0.1In a mini ziploc bag
Zelph Fosters with drink band and lid1.3Cook pot with lid
Cozy/stuff sack0.4Homemade cuben fiber with insulation
bamboo spoon0.3I prefer the feel of bamboo to titanium
Small EssentialsPetzl e+LITE0.9Headlamp
Whistle on lanyard0.2For emergency signaling, I've used it
Dermasafe0.3Basically a long razor blade
Head Wouldn't take unless expecting bugs
Bug dope0.3Mini dropper bottle, don't usually take
mini tube spf 30 plus mini lip balm0.7Sample from dermatologist
Finger toothbrush and floss0.2Single use floss packets
Dr. Bronner's soap0.2Mini dropper bottle, use for toothpaste, bathing, etc
1/2 disposable shop towel per day0.8Toilet 'paper', for 'polishing' after natural materials
micro bottle alcohol gel0.1Good for about 4 days
blister & minor wound care0.9antibiotic, bandaids, compeed, etc
medications0.8Imodium,Tums,tylenol pm,naproxin, etc
mini scissors, tweezers1.8From Swiss army knife replacement parts
Rite in the Rain page, Sharpie0.4For taking notes
reading glasses0.2i4u lenses
Sparker and tinder0.2Emergency fire starter
8" duct tape, Tenacious Tape, needle/thread, safety pin0.2Repair kit
iPhone 6
4.4For taking photos
Stickpic0.4Great for selfies, group photos without propping camera on a rock
Maps and permits2.5I usually print maps out at 11 x 17 from AllTrails, both sides
Total base weight (oz)(not including worn items or consumables)78.8
Total base weight (lb)(not including worn items or consumables)4.92

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42 Responses to Glen Van Peski’s Gear List

  1. Daryn Hubbard December 2, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Wow! Nicely done. This is inspiring!

    • Glen K Van Peski December 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      I’m happy to share. Much of what I’ve learned is from hiking with others and checking out their gear solutions, so I’m glad to pass it along. Some of the coolest tricks aren’t on it… like a quart freezer zip loc bag I use for scooping water from sources, with graduated marks on it that I can also use for measuring hot water at dinner time… and using hospital/clean room booties for camp shoes if you know your hiking shoes are going to be wet.

  2. Jim @ Rite in the Rain December 3, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Nice list, and thanks for carrying us! Way to go to the painstaking detail of writing out the weights of your kit

    • Glen K Van Peski December 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      Jim – I really like your mini notebooks, but find that taking the staples out of one and then using individual sheets saves me some weight…

  3. milligan308 December 3, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Great gear list, I would love to see photos of your homemade wedge tarp.

    • Glen K Van Peski December 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

      Here’s a couple of photos.

  4. Diane Soini December 5, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Can you say more about your headnet? I have a headnet I can’t see anything out of. It’s totally useless. The only reason I saw Oregon on the PCT was because I could faintly tell there was a gorgeous view out there so I took a picture. I had to experience Oregon through my pictures. I need a better headnet.

    • samh December 5, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Diane, Peter’s headnets are excellent. Like most headnets they don’t provide crystal clear view but they are the best solution I’ve ever found and I wholeheartedly agree with Glen’s recommendation.

    • Glen K Van Peski December 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      It’s a great fitting head net. I don’t know how the visibility is, I can’t remember the last time I hiked with it. Since my hiking time is so limited, I typically plan trips to avoid bugs.

      • Diane Soini December 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

        Thanks. I can’t see anything with mine, whether I’m hiking or just sitting around. I need one that is black, I think.

  5. Randall December 5, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    On your blister & minor wound care and medications where you say “etc.” would you mind detailing what exactly all those items are? I’m not asking you to reveal anything too personal, but I find that on the topic of safety items on gear lists, people tend to generalize. I’m especially curious where someone with your experience and mindset draws the line between weight and safety/preparedness. Thanks!

    • Glen K Van Peski December 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      Here’s a fairly typical detail… I also have some light large wound coverage seals, Tagaderm, that my wife (a nurse) brings me. For myself, it’s rare I use more than some Tylenol PM, maybe some Excedrin the first day or two at altitude, maybe a compeed pad for a hot spot. Frankly, this is a lot of overkill, but I have used some of the items for other people on trips.

      FIRST AID (oz.)
      Kinesio tape – 7″ blister prevention, bandaging 0.08
      Compeed medium – 1 blisters 0.07
      Compeed toe – 1 blisters 0.05
      Compeed large – 1 blisters 0.10
      Scalpel blade in foil – 1 wound/blister care 0.04
      Corn foam donuts – 2 foot care 0.07
      Bandaid medium adhesive strips – 2 wound care 0.05
      Butterfly closures – 2 wound care 0.03
      Triple antibiotic ointment – 2 small packets, one in a mini ziploc 0.12
      Hydrocortisone 1% – 1 foil packet anti-itch 0.05
      Liquid bandage blisters 1.41 0.00
      Krazy glue mini wound care, emergency repair 0.06
      Alcohol prep pad wound care 0.04
      mini ziploc for opened ointment packs 0.01
      2 mil 4″ x 6″ ziploc case 0.14
      Subtotal blister and wound care 0.91
      Benadryl – 2 25 mg tabs in foil packet allergy 0.05
      Immodium – 2 doses in foil pkgs 2 caps w/ 25 mg lopreamide HCL ea. 0.09
      Tums – 2 quik paks stomach upset 0.19
      Gas-X – 1 strip stomach upset 0.04
      Abreva tube and 4 Valtrex fever blister kit 0.33
      Naproxin – 5 tabs in mini ziploc pain relief 0.07
      Excedrin – 6 gelcaps in mini ziploc altitude headaches
      Tylenol PM – 12 gelcaps in mini ziploc thin sleeping pad equalizer
      Subtotal meds 0.77
      TOTAL 1.68

      • Randall December 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

        Wonderful – thank you !!!

  6. Dave M December 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks for providing your gear list Glen. I’d like to echo Randall’s comment and would appreciate learning specifics on the source of your finger toothbrush as well as your fire starter sparker and tinder. This would help to eliminate guess work on specific products/materials you have found to work best as compared to others on available on the market and/or DIY set ups that are more effective than others.

    • Glen K Van Peski December 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Check out my Toothbrush
      For emergencies I use the old BPL sparker and tinder: Survive Outdoors Fire Starter
      For starting Esbit fuel tabs, and this TOTALLY changed that dynamic: WetFire tinder, available multiple sources on internet. You only need a fingernails worth to get an Esbit tab roaring, even in a breeze. With the WetFire, I’ve gone to paper matches, it’s that good.

      • Dave M December 6, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

        Thanks for the helpful links and related comments Glen!

      • Bob Bailey April 24, 2015 at 9:12 am #

        where do you get the no shank products? I went to their website and they sell their stuff in lots of 100 or 1000. Google search turned up nothing. Or maybe I’ll need to make a prison visit?

        • Glen K Van Peski April 26, 2015 at 9:24 am #

          Bob – I think we’ll start carrying them again. I may have one kicking around here, email me your mailing address.

  7. G R E G December 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    thanks for the education. I’ve used G.G. stuff often, did the A.T. with the Spinn Twin, Poles and one of your packs. Good Luck to us both.

  8. jwmilstein December 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    My Canon S90 weighs 200 g, which is 7 oz. Do you remove the lens or something? If so, how? why?

    • Glen K Van Peski December 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Hmmm, good question. I just weighed the S90 (a hand me down from our son), and you’re right, it’s 7.0. I think the camera weight on my list must be left over from my Casio Exilim that stopped working. Dang! Thanks for alerting me!

  9. Gary Senula December 9, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Glen, do you find that you get wet on a rainy night if the wind is blowing into your homemade wedge? Thanks, Gary

    • Glen K Van Peski December 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      Gary, if I know it’s going to be rainy, I would upgrade to a Q-Twinn. So far I have never been caught in bad rain with the Wedge. In fact, on a Wilderness Trekking School trip in the Winds, the ‘Legend of the Wedge’ developed, due to storms rearing up but then never actually raining on us, to the point that the Wedge almost became a talisman. I had to leave the trip after the first week for other obligations, and there was talk of the students borrowing the Wedge just to carry it for the second week to ward off weather. Reasoned minds prevailed, the Wedge left with me, and they did get rained on several times during the second week.
      It would be hard to stay dry in the Wedge unless the rain was falling straight down, or coming from the back. Worst case, I could wrap myself inside it, obviously not optimal.

  10. Jack December 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Thanks Glen- Your list is insightful. I’ll bet there is one thing you take that you forgot to list. I see maps, but where’s the compass? On your wrist? Anyway thanks again.

    • Glen K Van Peski January 30, 2015 at 12:06 am #

      Yup, good guess. My Suunto has a compass function that I have always found sufficient for my trips.

  11. Steve Unze January 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    Glen, thanks for being so generous in sharing your knowledge. Seems like a lot of people use Leukotape for blister care, but I notice you use Kinesio tape. Any particular reason?
    Thanks again.

    • Glen K Van Peski January 2, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

      Hmmm, not sure, Steve. I think a buddy told me about Kinesio tape, and it came in a roll that I still have not used up. The thing I like about the Kinesio tape, which for all I know may also be the case with Leukotape, is that it’s so stretchy, so it conforms to tight curves on a toe or heel. Also it has a backing on it, so you can just cut off a couple of inches for the first aid kit, rather than taking a roll of it.

      • samh January 3, 2015 at 10:57 am #

        Handy tip: pre-cut circles and squares of various sizes of Leukotape and stick them to the “waxy” paper from the back of a sticker or shipping label. Put those into your first aid kit and replace as needed.

        • Glen K Van Peski January 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

          Nice! Thanks, Sam, good to hear from you! I had heard about the back of the shipping label trick, just forgotten it.

          • samh January 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

            Sure thing, Glen! It’s not a bad thing to forget something like that. Ideally that goes into the first aid kit and stays there.

  12. Tim Hafner February 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Glen. Thanks for posting your gear list! i don’t see any “long Johns” listed in your clothes carried section. Do you sleep in your hiking clothes?

  13. Glen K Van Peski February 19, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    I don’t carry extra clothes to sleep in. Typically I wouldn’t carry long underwear until I expect low temps in the teens or so.

  14. haldo April 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Great list! Inspired me to purchase a Murmur. I’m curious on the gear you wear as it seems an important part of your “system”?

    • Glen K Van Peski April 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

      I hope you enjoy your Murmur as much as I enjoy mine! All my ‘worn’ gear is listed, it’s just that the weights are under ‘worn’ rather than ‘carried’.

      • haldo April 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

        Maybe my eyes are getting old or I am looking at a different list. I don’t see that. Sorry.

        • Glen K Van Peski April 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

          Oops, you’re right, I forgot this was not my normal format. Email me glen(at), I’ll send you the spreadsheet that has the worn clothes. Or I guess I can just add them here:

          Ex Officio briefs – 2.5 oz.
          SEKRI long sleeved base layer shirt (tall) – 6.5 oz. (If daytime temps are going to be over 70 I’ll switch to a Columbia nylon shirt at 8.9 oz.)
          REI convertible nylon pants (tall) – 13.2 oz.
          Tilley hat for sun – 3.3 oz.
          Bandanna for neck protection – 0.9 oz.
          Swiftwick or similar thin hiking socks – 1.2 oz.
          ALTRA Lone Peak shoes – 25.4 oz.

  15. Wilfried Guignard January 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Hello Glen,
    I’m french and active mender a forum on lightly hiking, your list that I have shared is debated, some say it is a list 2 seasons they think that your sleeping pad is not enough insulation. Can you tell us a little more, me anyway I ‘m a fan of your list, I am inspired her for mine !

    • Glen K Van Peski January 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

      Wilfried –
      Well I guess it would depend on how you define 3 season. If I know it will be below 20 deg F, I will throw in an 1/8″ Sleeplight foam pad, 56″ long, which adds an extra 1.6 oz. Above 20 deg I find I am okay with just putting the pack under my legs. Probably you and your friends need to come visit me in California, we can do a trip in mountains and compare pads! Either that, or I should come to France and we can backpack in your mountains.

      • Wilfried Guignard January 25, 2016 at 9:28 am #

        Yes, it would be great that you come in the Pyrenees. We would go to sleep above the tree level!

        • Glen K Van Peski January 29, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

          Above tree line is my favorite place to hike and sleep! If you come to California before I get to France, you can stay at our house, I’ll plan a trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains above tree line.

          • Wilfried Guignard February 2, 2016 at 12:20 am #

            Great, I hope to be able to come so I could show you my GVP gear list 🙂 , thank you for the invitation !

          • Glen K Van Peski February 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

            Any time, I’m serious. I can practice what’s left of my high-school French on you… Just email me ahead of time so I can plan a trip. Fall is best, but I can find somewhere to go just about any time of year.

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