October 6

QiWiz’s Uberlight Backpacking Gear List

This is the list of gear I used on the 2014 Allegheny-100 Challenge. The challenge I chose was to cover 100 miles on the North Country Trail in 72 hours. Not being the fastest hiker, 17 of these hours were night hiking by headlamp. This kit is about as light as I am able to use for 3 days on trail in Pennsylvania in mid-June. Wet trail conditions and occasional thunderstorms are the norm. Night temps are often in the 50’s, daytime into the 80’s.

Polycryo Tarp
Gossamer Gear DIY Polycryo Tarp and Minimalist Backpack

CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Minimalist Daypack10.1"Just" a daypack, but works well with this light kit
Gossamer Gear Pack Liner Bag1.2Keeps the insulation dry
Large Stuff Sack0.6DIY out of Spinntex, holds quilt and clothing
OP Sack1.3For food
SleepingHammock Gear Burrow 5011.8Down top quilt
NeoAir Xlite Regular12.0I can't sleep well on something less cushy
ShelterPolycryo Tarp5.3DIY from a large Gossamer Gear Polycryo ground sheet
Skewer stakes (6)1.2Titanium
Zpacks Poncho Ground Sheet5.1Double-duty as rain gear
Packed ClothingSilk Skins Top4.1Sleepwear
Silk Skins Bottom4.6Sleepwear
Spare Fox River Liner Socks0.8Wash and hang one set to dry on pack while hiking in the other set
Spare Darn Tough Hiking Socks2.7Wash and hang one set to dry on pack while hiking in the other set
Spare Under Armour Boxers3.2Wash and hang one set to dry on pack while hiking in the other set
Fleece Beanie1.1DIY from generic fleece
HydrationSawyer Squeeze Mini1.4
Sawyer 2 L reservoir1.0
Gatorade 20 oz bottles (2)4.2Wt. includes attachment to pack straps with cords and cord locks
CookingStoveless / Potless0.0If I brought one, it would be a beer can pot and Esbit burner
Small EssentialsiPhone 54.9In LifepProof case; use for map and navigation, music, photos
First Aid / Repair Kit2.4Bacitracin ointment, Aleve, Leukotape, Needle/thread, Etc.
Zebra Light Headlamp2.9Bright enough for night hiking, did many hours of this over 3 days
Spare Lithium AA's (2)1.0I used both spares, so good I had two
"Original" cathole trowel; TP0.7Titanium cathole trowel from QiWiz.net
Total, oz83.6
Total, lb5.2

This ultralight backpacking gear list was contributed by former Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rob “QiWiz” Kelly