January 30

Joan’s Sierra Gear List

This is my gear list for the Sierra section of my 2014 Pacific Crest Trail Hike.  The weather was usually in the 30’s at night, but sometimes dipped into the 20’s.  I entered the Sierra in late May, and encountered snow and hail.  Because I get cold easily, I use more insulation and I also carry a hammock.  This list includes microspikes and a bear canister, which fits vertically in the pack and was required in this part of the Sierra.


CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Mariposa

Trash Compactor Bag1Pack liner
Zpacks Cuben Fiber Dry Bag1For quilt
SleepingDIY Top Quilt19Used to 20 degrees
Warbonnet 3-season Yeti11
Gossamer Gear Torso Pad6Insulation under legs
Gossamer Gear 1/8 Thinlight Pad2Cut down section for extra torso insulation
ShelterHammock Gear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors 10Including Lash-It ridgeline with Dutch Flyz hardware, Z-line guylines, and DIY snakeskins
Dream Hammock, Darien UL10
Titanium shephard hook stakes (2), MSR groundhog stakes (4)2.2
Tree straps (10 foot) and whoopies (8 feet)6Hammock suspension for large trees and widely-spaced hang sites
Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Sheet1.6Use under tarp and for going to ground
Packed ClothingMelanzana Fleece Hoodie9
REI Capilene Long Underwear Bottoms5.8
Montbell Down Jacket12Also use this while sleeping as a hood for my quilt
Goosefeet Down Booties3.5
Surplus store wool gloves1.3Including latex gloves over them
Second pair of Injinji Hiking Socks1.5
Chrome Dome Umbrella8For sun, rain, hail, and snow protection
Zpacks Cuben Fiber-eVent Rain Jacket5
Zpacks Challenger Rain Pants4
HydrationPlatypus 3 L Hosier3.5
Platypus 1 L Bottle1For drink mixes
Aquamira1.6Chlorine Dioxide water treatment
Small EssentialsSea to Summit Alpha Light Long Spoon.5stoveless "cooking"
Petzl Zipka Plus 22.5Headlamp
Iphone 5S5Including Lifeproof fre waterproof case
Cords and plugs3Plug with 2 usb ports, 2 cables for USB to iphone/ itorch
itorch 5200mah4.4Battery for re-charging iphone
SPOT II Satellite Messanger4
First Aid & Emergency Kit2.7Pills, ointments, compass, fire starter, repair kits.
Foot Care Bag2Sports tape, moisturizer, anti-friction cream.
Toilet Bag1.7TP, wet ones, tiny soap, pee rag, plastic bags to pack out TP
Oakley Sunglasses1.8Wrap around style
Swiss Army Knife.8Classic SD
Sea to Summit Headnet.8
Butterfly Wallet1ID, cash, credit card, emergency contact info card
BV500 Bear Canister41Food storage in bear country, required in parts of the Sierra
Kahtoola Microspikes13Traction on ice and snow
Weight Summariesouncespounds
Base weight (not including items worn and consumables)180.211.3
Total base weight including Bear canister and microspikes (not including items worn and consumables)234.214.6

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This lightweight backpacking gear list was contributed by former Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Joan West.