January 13

Jim’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

I spend most of my time in the Central Adirondacks and use this setup for trips ranging from a couple of days up to two weeks. My hiking season begins in late spring and finishes up early fall. Temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on where I end up in the park. An ultralight pack on my back makes it easy to do the things that so few people do.

Jim Marco
Jim Marco



CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Murmur Hyperlight Backpack13.6For trips up to 14 days in length. w/sitlight pad
Sea-to-Summit eVent Compression/Dry Sack4.5for sleeping bag/sleep wear/dry clothing
Outdoor Research "Ditty" Bag1.6Doubles as rock sack
Sea-to-Summit Dry bag 13/L2.6for food and hanging (use two for two weeks)
SleepingMountainLite 40F bag27
Therm-a-rest NeoAir Medium13inflatable pad
ShelterTarp w/stakes17custom
Packed ClothingAscent Down Jacket11.8camp/sleeping
Wool Socks (WigWam)2.8camp/sleeping
Spare Hiking Socks (Darntuf)2.3hiking/mittens
EMS 100wt Fleece8.41/4 zip pullover
Patagonia Capilene 1 LS Shirt6.6Hiking/camp/sleeping
Icebreakers long johns bottoms6camp/sleeping
HydrationPlatypus 2L bottle1.3camp/dirty water
Gatoraid bottles - 22.7Water bottles/hiking
Steripen Journey/Opti3.7for drinking water w/1 set of batteries
CookingSVEA 123r19.4w/cup
K-Mart Grease Pot 1qt5.1w/lid, modified heat exchanger
Long Handled Ti Spoon0.6
Small EssentialsLine, superglue, AquaMira, TP, trail journal w/pencil, toothbrush, soap, scrubbie, hair brush, wind screen, meds, Impulse light, spare batteries, sewing needle, thread, bandana, duct tape, e+Light7.8General items carried for long duration trips, safety and repairs
Total base weight (oz)(not including worn items or consumables)157.8
Total base weight (lb)(not including worn items or consumables)9.8625



This lightweight backpacking gear list was contributed by former Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Jim Marco.