This is the gear list from my 2012 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It represented the tenth hike of the 12 Long Walks series. I began at the Mexican border on May 6 and finished on July 29.
In regard to conditions, I encountered relatively little snow in the High Sierra, however from northern CA through to the Canadian border I hiked through approximately 750 miles (1207 km) of the stuff. Very slow going at times.
If I were to hike the PCT again in 2016, what would I change?
There wouldn’t be too much. Tweaks, rather than big changes:
- Shelter: I’d probably upgrade to a lighter cuben version of the poncho tarp.
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS25 – I’ve carried this 6.9 oz point-and-shoot model since early 2014.
- Shoes: The latest Brooks Cascadia’s (10) haven’t been up to scratch. Hopefully the upcoming 11’s will be of a similar quality to previous models. If not, I would probably go with La Sportiva Wildcats or Altra Lone Peak 2.5’s.
- Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot – I’ve used this 3.2 oz headlamp since the Appalachian Trail in the fall/winter of 2012.