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Colorado Trail Gear List

December 23, 2017  •  1 Comment

Colorado Trail Gear List

It's December 2017.  My ambition is to hike the Colorado Trail in July-August 2018. It's not too early to be obsessing over my gear list for that hike... because that's what I do. And it's not just over gear; I do the same over maps, routes, resupply... the whole thing.

Below is a list of what is in my base weight... the things I am planning to take on that hike, less consumables (food, fuel, toothpaste, soap, vitamins, baby wipes, etc.).  Total weight is: 16lbs.

This will be my first long hike. So, I welcome comments from experienced thru hikers.

Category Item Detail Weight (oz)
Pack Pack Gossamer Mariposa 60 37
Total 63oz
Shelter Zpacks Duplex 21
  Stakes Boundless Voyage Titanium V-Shaped Nail Tent Stakes Ultralight 3.2
  Quilt Loco Libre Gear 20° Operator Series Ghost Pepper Topquilt 18
  Pad MassDrop Klymit Insulated V Ultralite SL air mattress 4.4r 18.4
  Pad inflater Also serves as door mat; homemade from industrial garbage bag 2.4
Total 51.2oz
Rain Coat The Packa - rain/wind coat and pack cover 10.5
  Rain Pants Outdoor Research Men's Helium Pants 5.7
  Rain Mitts Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Rain Mitts 1.5
  Extra socks Darn Tough Hike-Trek Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion Sock 2.2
  Puffy Jacket Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket 11.9
  Light Thermals (night) Duofold Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pant 6
  Long sleeve (night) Thermowave Merino Xtreme Merino Wool Performance Base Layer 200 GSM 6.8
  Night Socks Possumdown Possum and Merino Wool Bushman's Friend Sock 3.1
  Gloves Running Sports Gloves 1.9
  Cold Hat Wigwam Thermax Cap II 2
  Cloths sack Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag (also a pillow) 4.9
Personal Care
Total 11.9oz
Trowel The Tentlab Deuce of Spades Backcountry Potty Trowel; .6
  First Aid Kit Small assortment of ointments, bandages, required meds, vitamins, optional meds (like an antidiarrheal) 3
  Bandana Pendleton Men's Jumbo Bandana, Warrior Rock Navy 1.6
  Toothbrush Compact, something like the BCB Adventure Folding Toothbrush .7
Total 14.3oz
Fire starter 2 mini lighters and 6 Vaseline soaked cotton balls 1.5
  Headlamp Energizer Vision HD+ LED Headlamp 3.1
  Knife Gerber Ripstop I Knife, Serrated Edge 2.2
  Cord 50' zPacks Z line slick chord .9
  Databook Colorado Trail Databook 3.7
  Map Colorado Trail North National Geographic Map 2.9
Total 43.5oz
Phone/GPS Charger Anker PowerCore II 10000 6.8
  Camara spare Battery and charger 1 spare camera battery and charger 4.2
  Phone Samsung Active 7s 6.6
  GPS Garmin Inreach Explorer+ 8.8
  Camera Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digitial Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD w/ 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens 16.2
  Tripod Pedco UltraPod Lightweight Camera Tripod 2
Total 36.3oz
Spork Tritan Spork with Full-Sized Spoon, Fork and Serrated Knife Edge .4
  Water Purification MSR HyperFlow Microfilter 9.5
  Stove MSR PocketRocket 3
  Cup 750ml Titanium Outdoor Camping Pot Cooking 4.4
  Oil containers empty containers for olive and coconut oil 1.3
  Food Koozie Homemade from reflective blanket 1.6
  Wind Shield Docooler Ultralight Ultra-thin Titanium Outdoor Camping Stove Wind Shield Screen Windproof Plate .7
  Food Bags LOKSAK Opsak Barrier 12 X 20 3.1
  Hanging Bag Ursack MAJOR S29.3 All White Bear Resistant Sack Bag 9
  Water Bottle Smartwater bottle 1
  Water Blatter Platypus Platy Bottle, 2.0-Liter and 1-Liter 2.3

Adjustments I could make, but I'm a reluctant:
I could leave my camera behind - this would save me 22.4oz.  It's hard for me to not take my camera.

I could bring a lighter water purification system - this would save a few ounces.  I'm a little paranoid about water contamination - other lighter systems have a much greater risk of cross contamination.

I could get a lighter stove - this would save an ounce, maybe 2. Concerned about durability and performance.

I could bring a lighter weight hanging bag - this would save me 6 ounces. There are a few places along the trail that I won't be able to hang, putting my food at greater risk. The URSack doesn't need to hang to protect my food.

I could not bring night cloths - this would save me 12.8 ounces.  Because I sleep cold, dry cloths will help keep me warmer and will cause less ware on my quilt.


Here's a few suggestions. * I'd probably leave the 8 oz umbrella home, but that's your call. I'm guessing you're carrying trekking poles for the tent so your hands are already going to be busy. * Send yourself mail drops (one or two) that include replenishment things batteries, toothpaste, soap etc. along with your food. Or, buy these things in town when you resupply. * Ditch the fire starter balls. I'll bet you'll be too tired at the end of the day to mess with building a fire. * Ditch the 1 & 2 liter Platypus bottles and add another 1 liter Smart water bottle. That gives you 2 liters of clean water carrying capacity and if needed carry up to 2 liters more of unfiltered dirty water in your 2 liter Evernew bag. * Replace down footies with another pair of socks. If the footies are durable enough to double as camp shoes then OK. * Personally I don't carry soap. I know that's kinda gross, but water removes dirt and hand sanitizer kills bacteria. That brings me to the next thought; you're missing a few things on your gear list : hand sani, trail databook, maps and a cheap compass? Also, are you sure about the alcohol stove ? Since your pot 500ml I'm guessing you rehydrate food vs. pot cook. Believe me , you'll save a lot time and be a lot happier preparing dinner (when you're tired) using a lightweight stove and 4 oz fuel canister. Good luck, hike your own hike and do-it-your way!
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