CDT Gear List

Backpack: MLD Burn………currently on my second one……..the first lasted more than 8000 miles……..not bad for a pack which only weighs 11 ounces.

Shelter: MLD Sil ProPoncho…….doubles as pack cover and rain protection.

Sleeping Bag: Katabatic Palisade Quilt…….conservatively rated at 30 degrees Fahrenheit……..more like low to mid 20’s (note that I am an average sleeper; neither hot nor cold)……..in real terms, I would say it is between 7 and 10 degrees warmer than my old Western Mountaineering Summerlite…….amazingly warm for an item which only weighs 18 ounces (I have the ‘long’ model).

Bivy: Katabatic Bristlecone Bivy or MLD Superlight Bivy………Over the past year, I have gone back and forwards between the two……Both items are excellent……….Essentially the same bivy, with just a couple of notable differences: 1. The Bristlecone has a larger mesh bug net window, which can make it a little less claustrophobic, and; 2. The Superlight has an eVent foot box, a handy feature if you happen to be hiking in inclement conditions for an extended period………Both bivys weigh in around 7 ounces, and add approximately 5 degrees of warmth to your sleeping system.

Sleeping Mat: Thermarest Neoair (small)…….weighing in at around 8 or 9 ounces, this has become my all-time favourite sleeping mat…….no more wafer thin pieces of closed cell foam for this wayfaring pilgrim.

Groundsheet: Tyvek…….indestructible…….weighs in at just over 2.5 ounces…….a little heavy for the gram weenies out there, but helps to keep the Neoair puncture-free.

Hiking Shirt: Long sleeve polyester shirt from REI.

Shorts: Macpac Cross-Terrain…….nylon……..hiking shorts of choice for more than a decade.

Insulation Layer – Top: Patagonia R1 Hoody and Montbell Thermawrap Vest……..like the flexibility of this combo.

Insulation Layer – Bottom: Patagoia Capilene 2 Thermal Underwear.

Outer Layer – Top: Montbell Tachyon Anorak…….a favourite……..worn daily…….very durable for an item which weighs just over 2 ounces.

Outer Layer – Bottoms: Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants.

Socks: Three pairs total……..Two REI Merino Wool Liners and one pair Wrightsocks Cool mesh…….particularly like the Merino Wool Liners; on average a couple of pair see me through 1500-2000 miles.

Gloves: Generic polypropylene liner gloves and MLD Rain mittens.

Hat: Adapt-a-cap……hands down, the best sun hat on the market…….Australian made…….my hat of choice for all outdoor pursuits for more than a dozen years.

Electronics: The bane of my ultralight existence! Let’s see, I have a Canon Powershot 230 x camera, an iPhone, an iPod Nano (audiobooks, plays, podcasts and music) and a little Pico Freeloader solar charger (which I often bounce ahead with the camera charger). I generally carry one extra battery for the camera, and the other items all use the one small charger. Whew! I consider the Nano to be my “luxury” item……I do love listening to my audiobooks during those occasional long jeep road sections on the CDT.

Shoes: Brooks Cascadia or Montrail Sabino Trail……….tend to get around 500 to 600 miles per pair………As my bank balance gradually dwindles, the mileage I put on each pair gradually increases. Funny that.


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