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: