Solo Thru-Hiking Gear List

Posted on: Wednesday January 27, 2021 Pacific Crest Trail Continental Divide Trail Appalachian Trail Long Trail Gear Lists Hiking

This is my go-to thru-hiking gear. I carried a lot of this gear on the Long Trail, Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail. I did use different gear on the Pacific Crest Trail, but the gear I carry now is definitely an upgrade. The contents of my pack varies a little based on the trail and the season. My base weight is roughly ten pounds: I don’t track it too accurately. As long as it’s not much above ten pounds, I’m a happy camper. Ultralight gear is important to me, but not to the point of sacrificing comfort! If I hike with my husband, I swap out the tarp for our Big Agnes Copper Spur.

  • Z Packs Arc Scout
  • Z packs five degree bag
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear flat tarp with mini
  • groundhog stakes
  • Bugnet- Mountain Laurel Designs bug bivy (Or Tyvek ground sheet if I don’t need bug protection)
  • Z-lite (small)
  • Frogg Toggs ultralight rain suit (jacket only)
  • Montbell Ultralight Down anorak
  • Dress
  • Cheap leggings
  • Smart wool hat
  • Melanzana hoodie
  • Darn tough socks
  • Ex-Officio underwear
  • Moving comfort sports bra
  • Fleece gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Altra Lone Peaks
  • Dirty Girl gaiters
  • Ursack
  • Jetboil (Sometimes. I prefer to be stoveless.)
  • Titanium spoon
  • Swiss army knife
  • Rag
  • Steripen Ultra
  • Petzl Tikka Plus
  • external battery
  • Smartphone
  • Headphones
  • Wall charger
  • REI Traverse trekking poles
  • First aid (ibuprofen, paracetamol, band aids, leuko-tape, lighter, needle, floss, neosporin, band aids, and not much else)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Deuce of spades trowel
  • Various cuben fiber stuff sacks

Check out my Canoeing Gear List post or my Winter Adventure Gear List post to see how this compares.

Eloise Robbins (Fun Size)

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Eloise Robbins (Fun Size) is a writer, triple crown thru hiker, and adventurer. She is a lover of the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and most of all mountains.

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