Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Pilgrim

So we all know I’m not the biggest “gear review” kind of person but this one I gotta give a blogpost of its own. Why? Cause this pack feels a tiny tiny bit like “my baby” and… I love it!

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As always: I have no obligation what so ever to write this review, I’m no longer a Gossamer Gear trail ambassador, and I can do and write whatever I want. So why does this pack feels a bit like my baby? Cause I had the honor of naming it “Pilgrim” and now that I’ve used it, I’m even more sure that the name suits it perfectly! (Anyone who doesn’t like the name… Don’t let me know, don’t comment; just swallow it down, jep that’s right… Cause yes indeed, you don’t tell a mom you don’t like the babies name!)

So… the Pilgrim… here’s what I think of it:

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Gear list – Pacific Crest Trail 2015

Since I got back from hiking the JMT in 2013 I’ve continuously been trying to reduce my base pack weight (=Weight of my filled backpack  minus weight of consumables like food, water and fuel).
On the JMT my base pack weight was around 13 or 14 lbs. Bearcan and ukulele included. On the long stretches, especially between Muir Trail Ranch and Mount Whitney, where I carried 9 days worth of food, my backpack was waaaay too heavy for my small shoulders. The first day after MTR wasn’t funny, that I can tell you.
My goal for the Pacific Crest Trail is to get my BPW down to around 8lbs. Sometimes it’s gonna be a little more, sometimes a little less, depending on where I am and whether I need additional clothes or gear for a certain stretch or not.

So this is what my gear list currently looks like. I’m still working on it, so I will probably update this list once in a while in the next three months.
Some items I haven’t weighed yet… yes, just because I was too lazy to do so.
Here we go:

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Having a nap on Forester Pass

My top 3 gear items on the JMT

Am I a gear junkie? Yes… No… Maybe…
Fact is: I love nice lightweight gear. Fact is too: The lightest gear is the gear you don’t bring. The JMT was my introduction to lightweight backpacking. I think I did fairly well, though there certainly is a lot of room for improvement. My backpack weighed about 26 lb (13kg) at it’s heaviest (leaving MTR with 9 days worth of food)… That didn’t feel toooo comfortable, so for my PCT thruhike I’m definitely gonna make some changes.

Here is my top 3:

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