I will have been hiking again now for about 4 years this season. With that, my gear has gone through several iterations at this point.
During my first year, I selected things that were affordable and accessible without really understanding what I was getting. I called it my training wheels kit. Mainly to see if I’d even enjoy spending a night outdoors in the first place. As it happens, I loved it. So in 2018, after a series of hikes in the Ohio region, I took a leap and upgraded my kit to lighter and better gear mainly for a hike out in Washington through the Olympics with a friend of mine.
As time went by I started learning more about the UL school of thought. I really enjoyed how one author broke it down. Saying that a typical camper or hiker places a high value on the destination of camp. As opposed to the folks who go as light as possible for the destination of the trail while camp being a secondary objective, not the goal. Breaking that down further it means that some folks are already at their destination the minute they hop on the trail. I kind of liked that idea.
So for 2020 I’ve gone through another gear shuffle and ended up at my lightest weight so far. Now, sure, I take some luxury items with me like batteries, electronics, a fold-able saw and so on but I imagine my base-weight this year is probably going to beat my all-time high of 50 pounds, yeah, that happened and maybe zero in closer to 10 to 15 pounds.
So with that, here’s the basic inventory and my progression to where I am at today. Next up, some clothes, electronics, and miscellaneous item list outs to round out a few posts on the equipment side of hiking.
||2017||2018 – 2019||2020|
|Sleep sack||Coleman Sun Ridge 40 @ 4.3 lbs||
Big Agnes Thunderhead 30 SL @ 1.8 lbs
Big Agnes Upper Slide 20 SL @ 2.81 lbs
|Zpacks 10F Full Zip @ 1.43 lbs|
|Pillow||Teton Sports Camp Pillow @ .8 lbs||Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow .017 lbs||Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow .017 lbs|
|Tent||Coleman Sundome 2p @ 7 lbs||
Kelty Gunnison 1P @ 4.81 lbs
REI Camp Dome 2 @ 5 lbs
Durstin Xmid 1P @ 1.75 lbs
|Zpacks Duplex @ 1.21 lbs|
|Back pack||Teton Sports Scout 3400 @ 4.5 lbs||Osprey Talon 44 @ 2.04 lbs||Zpacks Arc Haul Scout 50 L @ 1.33 lbs|
|Sleep pad||Klymit Static V @ 1.13 lbs||Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra @ 1.31 lbs||Therma Rest Z Lite Sol UL @ .06 lbs|
|Total lbs||17.73||6.97 to 11.18||4.05|