Gear List for the GET


Zimmerbuilt QuickStep cuben fiber backpack w/ hipbelt and sternum strap 12 oz (click here to visit Zimmerbuilt)

Pack Liner (Trash Compactor Bag) 2 oz


Sea to Summit poncho tarp 8.1 oz (also works as rain gear and pack cover)

Note: There are better options for poncho tarps, this one is cheap. Next time I’d go for a Mountain Laurel Designs poncho tarp. 

Guy Lines-Gossamer Gear EZC 2mm 1 oz

8 titanium tent stakes 2.08 oz


Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20 degree sleeping bag 29 oz

Gossamer Gear polycryo groundsheet medium 1.6 oz

Gossamer Gear NightLight Sleeping Pad torso length 3.3 oz

Total: 3.6 lbs


Zpacks cuben fiber food sack

plastic spoon

Note: I did not cook food on this trip. For dinners I ate tortillas, Krave Jerky, kale, crushed Lays chips, cheese, and mayo. For breakfast I drank oatmeal with Breakfast Essentials in a water bottle.   

Clothing: Base Layer

Short sleeve cotton shirt

Cotton skirt

Note: Cotton is not safe to wear! When it rained, I wore wool thermals under my poncho tarp. 

2 pair thin socks: Smartwool running sox (these sox are tough!)

hat (We are Hiker Trash)


Clothing: Insulation

Montbell wind shirt

Zpacks micro fleece hat

merino wool thermal shirt

merino wool leggings (for New Mexico, sent to Glenwood)

Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Down jacket (for New Mexico, sent to Glenwood)


Brooks Pure Flow trail runners (went 650 miles, cheaper than Cascadias!)

Hygiene/First Aid

Travel size toothbrush/toothpaste

small dropper bottle with Dr. Bronner’s soap

hand sanitizer



duct tape

SPF chapstick


Aqua Mira (water treatment)

Maps/water report/town guide/guidebook in ziplock baggies (order GET maps HERE)


ID, debit card in ziplock baggie


iPhone 6 with Gaia GPS app, wall charger, mophie extra battery case, and headphones

Swiss Army knife classic

mini bic lighter

Petzel e-lite headlamp

Want to go light? Check out this article 

13 thoughts on “Gear List for the GET

  1. Not A Chance,

    Hi, I met you on the PCT IN 2012 at Kennedy Meadows South. I’m glad to see things are going well for you. My daughter and I started the GET on March 15th. We have almost identical gear down to the Poncho Tarp.

    The one thing I wish I brought was some sturdy hiking pants to better protect my legs from the cactus and catclaw. The first day Jacquelyn and I wore shorts and short sleeves and we’re sliced and diced from the vegetation. 2nd day we wore our polyester long pants and long sleeves. We were much better protected but the clothing frayed quickly.

    After running into several NB AZT hikers wearing sturdy nylon pants and merino wool long sleeve shirts, my daughter sarcastically asked me, “Didn’t you get the clothing memo?”

    Congrats on your job! Good luck on your hike. Take care.

    Fellow Hiker Trash BASA


  2. Mosquitoes were a problem at the beginning of Section 4 near the water cache when we camped there. Another problem area for us was at the end of the Putnam Wash when we camped there. In the wash there is lots of ants, mosquitoes, and sand fleas and such. Mosquito netting a big help. In comparison to PCT bugs not a problem.

    Water is good. At max we have carried three liters. Bret Tucker’s water report extremely accurate. In fact his trail guide is awesome not only for water but is great for route finding.

    Happy you remembered me. I remember you and Moss’es awesome singing!



  3. Hey Chance, I’d been following carrots blog and stumbled upon yours. Just wanted to let you know that I have a really wonderful friend in ABQ that I could put you in touch with if you a place to crash when you finish the GET!
    let me know!
    Happy trails!


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