2018 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

Ultralight Backpacking Gear LIst for Thru Hiking and Long Distance Hiking

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Post PCT Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

This is my post Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) ultralight backpacking gear list that is continually evolving and devolving. I call it a thru hiking gear list because it includes items I would carry on a thru that I wouldn’t carry on a small multi-day trip such as: wall charger, full roll of leukotape, more toiletries, etc. I’m also including items that are condition dependent such as my ACR Personal Location Beacon, rain pants, a long sleeve shirt and my puffy.



2018 Ultralight Backpacking and Thru Hiking Gear List

Pack and Shelter System
BackpackHMG Windrider 2400 SW963.033.972.12$325.00
TarpHMG Echo II 312.011.010.69$325.00
Stakes & Stake Bag
Mountain Laurel Designs66.92.360.15$25
Top Quilt Katabatic Gear Sawatch751.026.491.66$535.00
Sleeping PadNeoAir XLite$129.95
Ground SheetHMG Dyneema$170.00
Keto Food Prep & WaterGramsOuncesPoundsCost
Water FilterSawyer Squeeze86.73.060.19$35.00
Water BottlesSmart Water 1l x 268.02.400.15$5.00
Large Food Dry BagZpacks Dyneema Bag44.81.580.10$39.00
Small Food Dry BagSea To Summit Evac 5 l55.71.930.12$19.90
Extra Water StoragePlatypus 2 Liter42.01.480.09$12.95
Container (for items below)Sistema54.91.940.12$6.62
SporkTitanium Spork19.30.680.04$12.89
FunnelCollapsible Silicone14.30.500.03$5.99
Coffee / Shake BottleSmart Water 23 fl oz27.91.23.081$2.50
Tools & EssentialsGramsOuncesPoundsCost
Toiletries BagGranite Gear Zipditty 2.4 l19.50.680.0429.95
Toiletries / First AidSee Bottom of Page307.710.850.68$45
HeadlampBlack Diamond Spot88.03.000.19$39.95
BatteryAnker 10,000 mAh178.36.260.39$26.99
Wall ChargerAnker QC$15.99
iPhoneiPhone 7136.84.830.30$739.99
iPhone CableLightning 2-in-18.80.310.02
EarphonesJaybird X3 Bluetooth12.30.430.03$95.99
Sunglass CaseCrystal Light Container31.51.110.07$2.59
PLBACR PLB-375 ResQLink+ 406161.95.710.36$255.20
Clothing CarriedGramsOuncesPoundsCost
Rain & Wind ShellMarmot Essence178.96.310.39$149.96
Mid LayerPatagonia R1 Hoody353.012.450.78$159.00
*PuffyMontbell Mirage Parka356.712.580.79$379.00
*Long Sleeve Shirt
REI Tech Shirt203.07.16.045$24.50
LeggingsUA Storm Leggings240.08.470.53$104.99
*Rain PantsMarmot Essence177.46.260.39$97.46
Darn Tough 1/4 Cushion66.82.360.15$17.95
ShemaghSynthetic > Cotton93.23.290.21$11.99
Total Base Weight4854.7171.2410.70$3920.66
Worn or CarriedGramsOuncesPoundsCost
HatPatagonia Duckbill Trucker75.02.650.17$29.00
Base ShirtREI Tech Shirt156.35.510.34$32.48
ShortsPatagonia Strider 5158.05.570.35$65.00
SocksDarn Tough 1/4 Cushion58.02.050.13$17.95
ShoesNike Wildhorse 4788.027.81.74$99.97
InsolesGreen Super Feet104.03.670.23
GaitersDirty Girl Gaiters54.41.920.12$23.00
Trekking PolesBD Alpine Cork257.09.070.57$133.28
Base Weight + Worn6550.7231.0714.44$4396.78
* Seasonal - Not Counted In Weights

Keto Food Prep and Water

On Trail Keto Food Prep and Management


Core Food Kit + Water Kit + Miscellaneous Food Containers


Toiletries, First Aid & Repair

My toiletries bag has evolved into a minimal but somewhat heavy affair as it is intended for a thru hike. Included is toilet paper, leukotape, dental floss, hand sanitizer, travel toothbrush, ear plugs, drugs (advil, sleep and caffeine), Mom’s Stuff salve, wet wipes, body glide, sunscreen and deodorant. Yes, I put deodorant on every two to three days on a thru-hike, I’ve gone with and without and I prefer not smelling like rank bo. In the HMG stuff sack is a few bandaids, a lighter, safety pin, extra ear bud tips (just the tips), qtips, nail clippers, and antibiotic spray.

Thru-Hiking Toiletries, Repair and First Aid Kit

7 thoughts on “2018 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

    • Trace says:

      About 3 ish. I was injured, so I had a lot of slow days and rest periods and when winter hit, my total mileage was 1600 instead of the full 2650… otherwise I would have needed more shoes!

  1. Shane B says:

    Thanks for all this info. This has made many of my backpacking and food decisions MUCH easier :) I use your site for reference often!

  2. Evan S says:

    I tried the Sawyer on the Smart Water bottle method and didn’t like it. It would just create to much of a vaccum and collapse the bottles and I would have to stop to release the pressure because flow would become deminished. Really thinking about going with a camelback and using a sawyer squeeze with the bag to filter. Still taking the water bottle(s) for mixing Ketorade and my coffee in the mornings though. Have you expreienced the vaccuum issue and how do you deal with it?

    • Trace says:

      Yeah, the vacuum issue is normal, quick twist to open and close and it’s fixed obviously… but that’s why I will fill the primary bottle that does not have the filter on it, if that runs out, I drink from the bottle with the filter on it. There’s a breather you can get to prevent the vacuum issue but it’s kind of bulky and I’m so used to breathing the bottle as necessary I don’t even think about it. Whatever works for you works, experiment! I used to even use a drinking tube connected to a bottle but found I can’t get as much water as fast and found I was drinking less water because of it even after trying a bunch of different sip ends / valves. I like being able to take big hits of water straight from the bottle :)

  3. michael maina says:

    thanks. for the lists. first time out on a Keto three day in the sierras. Going to splurge on weight for real food. freeze dried doesn’t agree with me out there in the wild.

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