September 1

Philip’s White Mountains Gear List

This is hiker Philip Werner’s summer gear list is designed for backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on trips lasting from 1-4 days in length. Summer temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees fahrenheit, depending on weather conditions and elevation. Wind chill and hypothermia are serious risks year round, particularly above treeline. The terrain is extremely rocky but also quite wet at lower elevations, with numerous stream crossings and dense forest.

Philip Werner
Mt Lincoln (5089′) on the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail

CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Kumo Superlight Backpack16.6Used for trips up to 4 days in length. w/ Gossamer Gear Sitlight pad
Trash Compactor Bag2.4Waterproof Liner
Lowe Dashpoint 20 Camera Pocket2.0Attached to shoulder strap.
S29 Ursack7.7Bearproof food storage (non-grizzly)
OPSack (large)1.6Smellproof and leafproof bear bag liner Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks2.0Drawstring closure only, assorted sizes
SleepingTherm-a-Rest Alpine Blanket22.0Quilt rated for 35 degrees
Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper10.1
Not insulated
ShelterTrekker Tent Stealth Tarp w/ Inner Tent22.0
Packed ClothingOutdoor Research Helium II6.9Rain Jacket (Pertex Shield) DWR augmented with Scotch Guard
Outdoor Research Helium5.6Rain Pants (Pertex Shield)
Outdoor Research Versatec Gloves2.3Fleece gloves with separate waterproof shells that make a glove system
Rab 100 Weight Fleece9.91/4 zip pullover
Mountain Hardware Fleece Hat0.7Sleepwear
1 x Smartwool Hiking Liners1.6Sleepwear
Patagonia Capilene 1 LS Shirt6.6Sleepwear
Patagonia Capilene 1 Long Underwear6.0Sleepwear
HydrationPlatypus 3L Reservoir1.3This size is no longer manufactured
Aquafina Water Bottle1.2Water bottle
Sawyer Squeeze Mini1.4Water filter
CookingFirefly Titanum Woodstove w/Flexport2.9Made by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rob Kelly (
Esbit 750 ml Titanium Cookpot3.9
REI Blue Plastic Spoon0.3
Small EssentialsVictorinox Swiss Army Classic0.9
Panasonic Lumix LX5 Camera9.3
First Aid Kit2.0Tape, Bandages, Pills, and Potions
Gear Repair Kit2.1More Tape, Glue, Batteries, Camera Stuff, Safety Pins, etc.
Red Bandana0.6Washcloth
Suunto M3 Compass1.5
2 x Petzl e+Lite headlamps0.9
SPOT Gen 3 Personal Locator Beacon3.9
Total base weight (oz)(not including worn items or consumables)158.9
Total base weight (lb)(not including worn items or consumables)9.93 pounds

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This ultralight backpacking gear list was contributed by former Trail Ambassador (Section Hiker) Philip Werner.