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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.

(a few small items are missing from this photo... but, it's close)

Pack - Gossamer Mariposa 60 - 37oz


- Tent - Zpacks Duplex - 21oz

- Stakes - Boundless Voyage Titanium V-Shaped Nail Tent Stakes Ultralight - 3.2oz

Sleeping System

- Quilt - Loco Libre Gear 20° Operator Series Ghost Pepper Topquilt - 18oz

- Pad - Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Mat - 17.4oz

- Pillow - Klymit X large pillow - 2.9oz

- Light Thermals (night) - Duofold Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pant - 6oz

- Long Sleeve Shirt (night) - Thermowave Merino Xtreme Merino Wool Performance Base Layer 200 GSM - 6.8oz

- Night Socks - Possumdown Possum and Merino Wool Bushman's Friend Sock - 3.1oz


- Rain Coat - The Packa - rain/wind coat and pack cover - 10.5oz

- Rain Pants - Outdoor Research Men's Helium Pants - 5.7oz

- Rain Mitts - Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Rain Mitts - 1.5oz

- Extra Socks - Darn Tough Hike-Trek Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion Sock - 2.2oz

- Extra sock liners - Injinji liners - 1.2oz

- Puffy Jacket - Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket - 11.9oz

- Camp shirt - 8.4oz

- Gloves - Running Sports Gloves - 1.9pz

- Cold Hat - Mountain Hardware Caelum Dome Beanie - 2oz

- Cloths Sack - zPacks Food Dry Bag - 1.6oz

Personal Care

- Trowel - The Tentlab Deuce of Spades Backcountry Potty Trowel - .6oz

- First Aid Kit - Small assortment of ointments, bandages, optional meds (like an antidiarrheal) - 2.9oz

- Bandana - Pendleton Men's Jumbo Bandana, Warrior Rock Navy - 1.6oz

- Toothbrush - Compact, something like the BCB Adventure Folding Toothbrush - .7

- Consumables: floss, toothpaste, camp soap, Gold Bond powder, toilet paper, Repel bug spray, meds, laundry soap, sunscreen


- Fire Starter - 2 mini lighters - 1.3oz

- Headlamp - Energizer Vision HD+ LED Headlamp - 3.1oz

- Knife - Gerber Ripstop I Knife, Serrated Edge - 2.2oz

- Cord - 50' zPacks Z line slick chord - .9oz

- Databook - portion - 1.5oz


- Charger - Anker PowerCore II 10000 - 6.8oz

- Camera Charger - 2.4oz

- GPS/Communicator - Garmin Inreach Explorer+ - 8.8oz

- Carried in a fanny pack: Camera spare battery, Sony a6000 w/16-50mm lens, camera remote control, dual wall plug w/2 cords, tripod


- Spork - Tritan Spork with Full-Sized Spoon, Fork and Serrated Knife Edge - .4oz

- Water Purification - MSR Guardian Purifier - 22oz

- Stove - MSR PocketRocket - 3oz

- Cup - 750ml Titanium Outdoor Camping Pot Cooking - 4.4oz

- Oil containers - empty for olive oil - .7oz

- Food Koozie - homemade from reflective blanket - 1.6oz

- Wind Shield - Docooler Ultralight Ultra-thin Titanium Outdoor Camping Stove Wind Shield Screen Windproof Plate - .7oz

- Food Bags - LOKSAK Opsak Barrier 12 X 20 - 3.1oz

- Hanging Bag - Ursack MAJOR S29.3 All White Bear Resistant Sack Bag - 9oz

- Water Bottle - empty Smartwater bottle - 1oz

- Water Blatter - Platypus Platy Bottle, 2.0-Liter and 1-Liter - 2.3oz


Adjustments I could make, but I'm 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 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.

I could bring a lighter weight water filtration/purification system - this would save me 1 pound. With the very reduced and more common stagnant water sources I'm going with the less risky option, even though it's quite a bit heavier.


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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