Hiking 2011 Gear List sorted

Hiking 2011 Gear List sorted
Gear and Reference Material Essential for Very Light Backpacking in the Mountains in the
Summer Time by Roleigh Martin (including a low cost alternative)
Copyright 2007-2011, Roleigh Martin
All Rights Reserved
roleigh@pobox.com
May 5, 2011
Table of Contents
Gear and Reference Material Essential for Very Light Backpacking in the Mountains in the Summer Time by Roleigh Martin (including a low
cost alternative) .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1
April 17, 2010 ............................................................................................................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Table of Contents ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 1
Pack and Gear Carried in Pack while Hiking ................................................................................................................................................................. 2
Items Taken/Worn on Trail but not in Pack while Hiking ........................................................................................................................................... 42
Items Taken/Worn on Trail but not in Pack while Hiking ........................................................................................................................................... 42
Miscellaneous Items to Get in Preparation for the Trail / Travel to Trailhead ............................................................................................................ 55
80% of the Cost of the Items in Pack is What? ............................................................................................................................................................ 58
80% of the Cost of the Items Worn on the Body is What? .......................................................................................................................................... 59
Check Off List for Pack Items ...................................................................................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Checkoff List Gear Worn on the Trail ......................................................................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Pack and Gear Carried in Pack while Hiking
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My Gear Description
10 Last year I bought and used the
Hexamid Twin from Zpacks.com
on the JMT.
http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/hex
amidtwin.shtml
Weight shown is tent and tent sack
and optional doors, tent includes
insect netting floor (and a custom
made Cuben Fiber (1.5 oz/sq yd
heavy duty material) bathtub
ground sheet that floats on top of
it). Zpacks provided for me (at an
extra 1 to 1.5 oz weight), a #5
zipper, and 7 tiny loops to secure
the ground cloth and hold a Fenix
flash light, plus a bathtub ground
sheet.. From experience, I find the
#5 zipper to hold up better for the
long run than the lighter #3 zippers
commonly used in ultralight tents.
I also had a 8.5”x23” Dyneema
tent sack made to easily pack the
tent and protect it as I carry it on
the exterior rear-back center of my
pack.
Cost (not weight—it is shown
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430
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Tarptent.com Sublite Sil – a one person
21.5
tent. Manufacturer comments: “Sets up
with dual trekking poles (135 cm or
higher) or optional 5-ounce poles.
http://www.tarptent.com/sublitesil.html
Tent and weight includes 4 tent stakes.
The Sublite Sil I own and was used for 24
days by a friend and co-hiker and who
loved the tent.
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Dimensions (when
pitched):
Another tent, just released is the 24 ounce
Skyscape – Trekker by SixMoonDesigns
for $225 (regular price, on sale during
May 2011 for $175), which is a hybrid
double wall tent.
Peak Height: 48"
Rear Height: 30"
Length: 9 feet
Width 5.5 feet
Width at ends: 40"
Door Height: 29"
Front Trekking Pole
Height: 49-50"
Rear Trekking Pole
Height: 31-32"
If you are paranoid about how well a rain
will handle in a torrential, 100 year storm
(we encountered one for a 8 hour period
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below, several rows) includes a 4
oz Cuben Fiber (1.5 oz/sq yard)
bathtub ground sheet – with this
tent, the groundsheet is on top of
the insect netting floor). You can
now order this tent with an
extended beak. I recommend
doing so (you can skip the internal
privacy door then), when it snows,
the extended beak is appreciated
for keeping snow out.
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for the first time in 11 years in 2010),
having a double wall tent is
advantageous. Tarptent‘s Moment and
Rainbow tents (30 oz or 34 oz
respectively) have an optional ceiling
liner (4 oz) that protects against “misting”
in single wall tents. The Rainbow has the
advantage of being able to sleep 2 people
in a pinch and is spacious enough for
you, your dog and gear too (dogs are only
allowed in the national forests but NOT
on backcountry trails in the national
parks). Gear can fit between inner and
outer wall in the Moment though.
As I went to press,
SixMoonDesigns has released a
cuben fiber hybrid double wall
tent, the Skyscape - X. This is a
solo tent but is 8.5 feet long.
11 Titanium Goat carbon fiber tent
stakes (Ten 6” stakes at .22 oz
apiece, $13.50 for a 5 pack) – I
pack 9, leave 1 at home (1 spare)
http://www.titaniumgoat.com/stake
s.html
one of the stakes is a spare stake.
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27.00 Same, but only a 5 pack as the Sublite Sil
tent comes with 4 stakes
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11 Zpacks Large Tent Stake Sack
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Use a 1 Gallon ZipLok Bag
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12 REI SMC Sno-Tent Stake. This
serves two purposes—it can be
used as a poop shovel, weighing
1.5 ounces less than a plastic poop
shovel, and it can be used as a
spare tent stake. This is about one
inch wide, it digs great and saves
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This is the “groundcloth” row for
the tent – one is not shown for me,
as mine is custom made and priced
in with the tent system – see above.
I am showing the weight of mine
here though.
http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/cub
en_groundsheet.shtml
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The low cost option is to use 2ml
painter’s plastic groundcloth – should be
able to buy a sheet you need from a local
painter for $5 – it is typically sold in 200
foot roll and for that price (about $18)
you might as well get the GG sheet I got
for $25. Another low cost option is to use
the Windows Insulation Plastic which
costs about $13 such as the 3M 2144W
Indoor Patio Door Insulator Kit
(http://tinyurl.com/yhkzop4 ).
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$5
20 My favorite pack, the Granite Gear
Nimbus Ozone is no longer made
and is hard to find, although it may
be available on Ebay or Amazon.
Granite Gear I find makes the most
comfortable packs in their Nimbus
equivalent lines, because of the
frame and belt. The closest pack to
the Nimbus Ozone is Backpacker
Magazine’s 2011 Editor Choice
pack, Granite Gear’s Blaze AC 60
pack (for men) and the Blaze AC
60 Ki for women. This pack is
larger than the Vapor Trail, the
smallest pack I know can carry this
gear list, but smaller than the
Nimbus Ozone. It is 60 liters or
3660 cubic inches versus 62 liters
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weight.
http://www.rei.com/product/35811
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In the same weight category, the Nimbus
Core is a new pack by Granite Gear and
its volume capacity as I tested it is 100%
identical to the Nimbus Ozone. It is
100% made for the large bear canisters,
such as the Bearikade Expedition. You
should get a 23 Liter (large) eVent Sil
Compression Drysack for the dry sack
you’d use in the center top or center
bottom (I prefer the center bottom).
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Blaze AC 60 (above)
Other hikers in my group have settled
with the Granite Gear Vapor Trail pack
but its frame is not as comfortable and it’s
not for me. It is also no longer made too.
There are other light packs. Other
notable packs with an internal frame
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My Gear Description
or 3800 cubic inches for the
Nimbus Ozone. The pack though
is 2 lb 14 oz, 2 oz lighter than the
Ozone. These top-load packs of
G.G. usually hold more than they
are rated due to the long extension
collar of the packs. I have replaced
the top straps that cross the top
with longer straps to enable the
pack to be loaded with more
volume. The Blaze AC 60 is only
rated for 35 lbs total load but
Backpacker Magazine said it was
comfortable even with 40-45 lbs of
gear. The new Nimbus Meridian
and Nimbus Meridian Ki (for
women) are other substitutes for
the Nimbus Ozone. Rated for 40
lbs, 62 liter, and 3800 oz, it is listed
as 3 lb 8 oz but one I weighed
came in at 3 lb 10.9 oz but the
floating fanny pack lid is 8.9 oz of
that weight. You could replace that
lid with a Zpack Dyneema Lid that
weighs 2 oz, reducing your pack
weight down to 3 lbs 4 oz.
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under 3 pounds are:
SixMoonDesigns Starlite ( 30 oz with
stays)
Osprey Packs Exos 58 (40 oz)
ULA-Equipment Catalyst (43 oz)
BackpackingLight.com did a review of
all available packs advertised <= 3.5 lbs
and found a budget pack they thought
was real good but I have not tried it, but
am showing it here as the budget pack. It
is the Jansport Big Bear 63 pack. They
measured it at 3.6 pounds but its cost
$59.57 at Campor at the time of this
review.
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Nimbus Meridian
Nimbus Core
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My Gear Description
40 Bearikade Weekender Expedition
(can hold 8-10 days of food, 900
cu. inch) – (If you hike in Sequoia
National Park and always camp at
sites with bear boxes, a bear
resistant cannister is not required –
in Inyo National Park where Mt.
Whitney is, a bear resistant
cannister is required – there are
cheaper cannisters but they weigh a
pound more and hold considerably
less food.
http://www.wildideas.net/b_weekender.html
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275
I really recommend you get the Bearikade
Expedition, but if money is a drawback,
you can rent one plus shipping for a JMT
thru-hike from http://www.wildideas.net/contact.html but you have to
email them at this form or call them to
find out their special pricing for the JMT.
Telephone
805-693-0550. I am showing a $75 cost
based upon hearsay understanding of the
rental cost and shipping fees for JMT
hikers but this information is years old.
The nearest competitor is the 700 cubic
inch Bear Vault 500 but it holds 200
cubic inches less and weighs 4 oz. more.
Its cost is between $60-$80. The REI
link is
http://www.rei.com/product/768902
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$75
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50 20 F Nunatak USA Alpinist Down
Sleeping Bag with the Quantum
Fabric Option. This is a very
expensive bag, custom made, and
requires about a 8 week lead time.
See this page. I asked how only
an extra 2 ounces of weight over
the Western Mountaineering
Summerlite Down Sleeping Bag
(good down to 32 degrees F) could
make it that much warmer.
Nunatak informed me it was the
shorter zipper, different hood
shape, and using less down on the
bottom side (which is not so
important as the Sleeping Pad
makes up for warmth there),
enables this gain. I did the 2010
JMT with this bag and it was
definitely warmer, not once did I
get cold in this bag. If you want a
luxury down bag about $130 less,
consider also the Western
Mountaineering Ultralite is a 20 F
bag that weighs 29 oz. and costs
$370. Feathered Friends has a 20 F
bag weighing 1 lb 11 oz, called the
Hummingbird, costing $349 and
you can choose either of two
fabrics. Golite has a 20 F 850+
Down Quilt (uses your sleeping
pad for warmth beneath you) that
weighs only 24 oz and costing
$275 (out of stock at time of this
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439.00 The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 F bag which
is only $99.85 at REI but it weighs 2 lbs
8 oz. (40 oz) versus the 37 oz shown
below.
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79.98
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Backpackinglight.
com reviewed this
Kelty bag and
gave it a
“Recommended”
Status.
Campmor has this
bag currently on
sale for $79.98.
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$235
With the 20 degree F bag recommended
above, the bivy may not be needed but
freak storms can occur driving temps
down to 20 degrees F which happened 12 days in early August 2009. At least get
an emergency bivy for such occasions.
http://www.rei.com/product/750944
Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets
Emergency Bivvy
Item # 750944
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document).
55 This is a luxury item with multiutility purpose. If it was not this
light I might not bring it. But I did
bring it in 2010 even with the 20 F
bag and really was glad I did. A
cuben-fiber 3 oz bivy by Suluk46.
I paid a small extra fee to have a
36” zipper added to it (top center).
Unfortunately this is now sold out.
Email manufacturer to see if it will
be resold again. The bivy serves
the following purposes: (1) protects
sleeping bag from tent wall
condensation, (2) adds extra
protection to the sleeping pad, (3)
acts as a bedding sheet if too warm
to sleep inside the sleeping bag, (4)
force one to stay on top of the
sleeping pad when pad and bag is
inserted into the bivy (which is the
case), (5) adds additional
warmth—about 5 degrees when
needed, and (6) acts as a wind
breaker if sleeping in a tarp or
tarptent when it is very windy.
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60 Second Generation, Spot II
Satellite GPS Messenger
http://www.findmespot.com/en/ind
ex.php?cid=102
http://www.rei.com/product/78489
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$261.9
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I recommend this emergency locator
device for not only its features but
because for an extra $8 per hiker, they
have a very affordable insurance policy to
protect hikers from being charged for
recovery costs. While hikers being
charged for rescue operations is
extremely rare, California law permits it
to be asked of hikers and out-of-state
hikers are at higher risk than in-state
hikers, especially in light of California’s
latest budget crisis, and especially if the
rescue is done outside of a National Park
where the sheriff might call in a private
helicopter service if a government one is
not available. For $12, why not be
protected against this rare event? Since
only one person in the group should have
this device (it can be rented too), I am
only showing the $12 insurance cost in
the Lower Cost Description column.
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74.00
Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sleeping Pad
(closed cell foam, foldable)- Regular, REI
Item # 781089
http://www.rei.com/product/781089
This is 6’ long, you can cut off 1 foot to
make it only 5’ long and reduce weight to
12 oz versus the 14 oz for the 6’ long.
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39.95
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Requires $99 annual subscription;
$12.95 for optional extraction
assistance in countries without
emergency services (available at
www.findmespot.com)
Price shown includes the $99
service plus $13 for insurance.
70 I switched from the Montbell 150
Pad to the the new Thermarest
Prolite which is 2.3 oz lighter in
2010 but any pillow you bring will
not stay situated (I like the
Montbell pillow attachment design
better). I will describe here these
two pads as well as another
alternative.
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I personally recommend the Montbell pad
instead as it is far more comfortable for
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In 2009 I used the
Montbell U.L.Comfort System Pad
150 which weighs 18.3 oz . This is
a 5’ long 1” thick inflatable
sleeping pad which I find much
more comfortable than the NeoAir
pad that came out by Thermarest in
2009 and which I tried for 1 month
before returning it. This pad has
ability to attach a Montbell pillow
to it which I highly recommend,
shown below.
http://www.montbell.us/products/di
sp.php?p_id=1124273
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very little extra weight but I have used a
Z-Lite pad for 6 years in the High Sierra
and one is so tired at the end of a day that
one could sleep on rock, so one will be
able to use this pad just fine. It’s only if
you compare it with the Montbell, that
you will wish you had the Montbell pad.
It is a super great pad and if was
the same weight of the Thermarest
Prolite, I’d go with it. Thermarest
reduced their pad to 16 oz though.
I had a delamination issue after 3
years for the Montbell and returned
it and told them to only fix it if
they were not going to charge me,
and before I found out their
response REI had a 20% discount
sale and I got the Thermarest from
them, then I got a new Montbell
without charge. I worried about
the delamination occurring again
(symptom is a large air bubble
about 3-4” thick occurring) and
took the Thermarest Prolite with
me in 2010. Since the hike I found
out this can happen to Thermarest
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24.98
The inexpensive alternative is a toddler’s
cotton pillow cover that you stuff with
clothes and on top put a 1 oz large
sponge.
http://tinyurl.com/yaugsxv
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pads too. There is not much you
can do with a delamination
problem except return to
manufacturer. I do not know
which brand has this problem the
least. You can continue to use the
pad with the delamination but it is
uncomfortable. I hope such does
not happen on a JMT hike. If you
want something that can’t fail on
you, consider the Thermarest ZLite
pad discussed in the column to the
right.
Recently another pad has come to
market that very much appears less
likely to suffer a delamination
problem, and that is the Klymit
Inertia XL Sleeping Pad and it is
larger but only 16.8 oz total
weight.
35 Montbell UL Comfort System
0 Pillow (I used this in 2008 and find
it the lightest, most comfortable
pillow I’ve ever used.) Either from
Montbell web site above or at
http://www.prolitegear.com/montbe
ll_ul_comfort_system_pillow.html
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I you do not want to get the
Montbell, an alternative pillow that
is only 1.3 oz is the Kooka Bay
Pillow. It measures 12x7.5x3.5”.
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In 2010 I actually used this pillow
along with a miniature pillow case
made of Momentum fabric that
weighs a total of ½ oz. The pillow
case is 14”x17” and is identical in
pattern design to the Cascade
Design Trekker pillow case that
weighs 2.3 oz.
Weight shown is the Kooka Bay
Pillow and the Momentum Pillow
Case. I stuff the Kooka Bay Pillow
and the down jacket in it to make
up the pillow I sleep with. I got the
Momentum fabric from Quest
Outfitters but they no longer sell it
but do sell similar fabrics.
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xtra
Large Grouting Sponge, 7-1/2 x 5-1/2 x
2" at Lowe’s (Item #: 43743, Model:
2668). Baby Pillow Case is 12”x16” at
http://tinyurl.com/y9yf86c - Weight of 2
items is a guess.
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80 In 2011, I have decided to go with
my cheap Croc knock-offs from
Walmart which fit me super snug
and weigh 4.4 oz a sandal, so this
is extra weight. Why when there
are much lighter items to bring?
Simply it is to have something for
both streams and camp that dry
immediately and are comfortable
enough to wear doing short walks
even while at a resupply place
where there is a store nearby.
12 Charmin® To Go Bathroom Tissue
0 - 55 sheet roll in plastic pull-out
dispenser; 1-ply, 210 X 4.5 in –
Weight shown is for dispenser and
7 rolls for a 8 day hike. I only
carry one dispenser but I carry 6
rolls for 7 days to ensure that even
if I suffer “the runs” -- that I am
adequately supplied.
http://www.minimus.biz/detail.aspx
?ID=7354
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12.00 Same option recommended
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For both more expensive and cheaper
alternatives (some lighter, some heavier)
see the very lengthy, multi-page writeup
in the last section of this document. If
you can not get your sandals to fit so
snug and comfortable as I did, see the
optional ways to fit the sandal to your
feet, such as with extra-heavy duty rubber
bands or with gaiter straps.
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13 I own and like the Integral Designs
0 eVent Thru Hiker Jacket XL size
but it is no longer made. 100%
suitable replacements for this
ultralight eVent fabric rain jacket
(which also serves as a wind-jacket
too – nothing is more breathable
and waterproof than eVent fabric
per the published comparative
analyses research) exist though.
Now your choices are: Rab
Momentum, REI
Westcomb Specter LT Hoodie
Jacket - Men's or REI Kimtah
Jacket with eVent Fabric Women's. REI also has a cheaper
eVent jacket that weighs 5 more
ounces but is $70 cheaper too (the
Men’s Kimtah).
The eVent rain jacket is so
breathable that it’s a great windjacket too. I used to bring the
Rainshield Jacket plus a windbreaker, now I just bring the Thru
Hiker. It is 4 oz more (this 13 oz
jacket versus the combined 9 oz
weight of the two previously used
jackets), but the comfort level I
find worth it. I have walked for 45 days of daily rain (about 2 hours
of rain per day) in the High Sierra,
and found this jacket fantastic.
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O2 Rainwear Original Hodded Jacket
(Man's Large). This is the most
breathable, lightweight rain gear one can
get but it is inexpensive. Do not get the
pants as they are too fragile for
backpacking but the jacket can hold up
for 1-2 long
hikes but it can
be easily torn.
For
backpacking,
take some
housewrap tape
with you to
repair tears. It does the job. But light
and breathable it is, the only more
breathable waterproof fabric is Event
which will cost you ten times the amount
and weigh 80 percent more. I bought
separately and got different sizes. Extra
Large jacket weighed 6.3 ounces. The
jacket holds up better than the pants. The
jacket is so breathable yet waterproof that
it serves as a jacket even when there is no
rain just fine though.
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The best research on breathable,
waterproof clothing is here: "Waterproof
Breathable Fabric Technologies: A
Comprehensive Primer and State of the
Market Technology Review," by Alan
Dixon, http://tinyurl.com/au329
http://www.backpackinglight.com/
cgi-bin/backpackinglight/integral14
designs-event-rain-jacketreview.html
Also, see the State of the Market
report on new Rainwear at
BackpackingLight.com though,
one done in 2005, the other in
2011.
13 2-1/2"White SHEATHING TAPE
3 Intertape Polymer Group
Model: 5936USW
Do it Best SKU: 122149
Bring some Sheathing Tape, wrap
around your hiking pole (or carry
in your pack—see below), for
tear/rip repairs of the Rainshield
Rain Jacket.
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13 2” x 3/4” sponge insulation hollow
7 “pipe” to hold the above tapes
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http://tinyurl.com/chfqem
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You can buy at Home Depot for .98 3-6
feet of water pipe insulation foam, that if
cut in 2” width makes a good ultralight
roller to wrap small sections of tape
around.
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66.00 A variety of heavy-duty Freezer 2 gal and
1 gal Zip Lock Bags
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The most common color for this tape is
red and you can buy it at any hardware
store, it also goes by the name “House
wrap tape”. It is used to tape two strips
of tyvek together on the outside of the
house plywood and beneath the house
siding.
Called Armacell Tubolit 3/4 in. x 6
ft. Polyethylene Pipe Wrap
Insulation at the Home Depot.
14 Granite Gear Air Space Bags for
0 Internal Pack organizing. These
are great bags, ultra light weight
and zippered. I use one medium
bag for clothing, one small for nonsmelly first aid and equipment
repair/batteries, one extra small for
smelly first aid and smelly
toiletries (store in bear box at
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http://preview.tinyurl.com/rx5gze
http://preview.tinyurl.com/y8a98yf
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night), and one small bag for all
sleeping items except pad and
sleeping bag.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/24utcm
– I have one medium, 2 small, one
extra small.
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0 Fiber) Dry Sack, 18 Liter
http://www.backcountrygear.com/c
atalog/accessdetail.cfm/GG1030
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48.95 You really want to protect your down
sleeping material in a rain storm or if you
fall crossing a stream. Whatever you get,
ensure that it is 100% water proof by
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One needs to compress their
sleeping bag and at all costs keep it
dry during the day. I just ordered
this item. I will verify it is 100%
waterproof by turning the bag
inside out so the inside is on the
outside and filling the bag with
water and see if it leaks.
This is sized a little large to enable
it to not only hold your sleeping
bag but your down jackets and
wool extra underwear too.
Trailspace has a great review on
these sacks at
http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycp76fg
turning it inside out and filling the
inverted-inside with water to see if it
leaks. If it does, it is not waterproof.
Turn the container upside down to see if
it leaks from that angle too. Some brands
leak and in some cases some models of
some brands leak but not other models.
Get a XL or XXL ziploc bag, as the
lowcost alternative to protect your
Sleeping Bag. Weight is guessed.
http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.
asp?pid=150829&catid=79926
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Patagonia Men’s Long Haulers
17 (shorts) – I found these to be the
0 lightest shorts useful for sleep,
backup to pants while you wash
them, or useful as a swimming suit.
At 4.1 ounces, it is incredibly light
and comfortable to sleep in. They
also are backups for underwear if I
did not have time to wash them.
4.1
45.00
I am presuming you can buy cheaper
shorts that weigh a little more for $20.
17 Western Mountaineering Flash
5 Vest, XL Size. It can get cold at
times during the day, and it is not
untypical to see temperature
changes from 28 degrees to 95
degrees occurring daily. With wind
it can get colder. For 2009, I took
a Flash Vest plus the half-sleeve
Montbell, together which is the
same weight than a XL Western
Mountaineering Flight Jacket but is
much warmer.
http://tinyurl.com/e2lv9
850 Plus Fill Power Goose
Down
Super Light Vislon Zipper
Average Total Weight 3
1/2 oz.
http://www.montbell.us/products/di
sp.php?cat_id=71&p_id=2301295
5.7
125.00 The below down jacket from Land’s End
should work alone if their temperature
ratings are to be believed. But if you want
to be extra prepared for a cost of $17 and
2 oz, bring an AeroVest for extreme cold.
To be able to deflate and reuse it, bring a
10” strip of surgical tubing. See web site
for more information:
http://www.combatcasuals.com/id_aerove
st
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18 Montbell U.L.Down Inner Half
0 Sleeve Jacket, size XL. It would
be cheaper to get a thicker vest that
has the warmth of these two items
but the advantage of using two
items, is one can layer to avoid
getting too warm, plus one has
some shoulder, upper arm
protection, plus I got both items at
a discount, one used, and it was
cheaper and more functional to go
this route.
http://www.montbell.us/products/di
sp.php?cat_id=70&p_id=2301288
• High quality 800 fill goose
down
• 15-denier Ballistic Airlight
hollow fiber nylon shell
• Standard DWR treatment
• Size: XS/ S/ M/ L/ XL
• Weight:5.9 oz. (Size M),
Fill Weight:1.7 oz.
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53 Black Rock Down Beanie. A
0 feature rich, ultralight, warm
beanie, under 1 oz. Four colors
and different sizes.
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100.00 Reportedly (per another researcher at
BackpackingLight.Com), the Land’s End
700 SnowPack is the cheapest, lightest,
warmest down jacket one can get. See
http://preview.tinyurl.com/ya9ftqo
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# Nylon shell with
water-resistant
DriOff™ finish
# 700 fill power
down that's extrawarm and
lightweight
# Three zip-close
outer pockets
# Zip-front with
inner storm shield
# Packs into pocket
# TEMPERATURE RATING: -10° to 15°
Fahrenheit.
Weight reported by Outside Magazine for
their Medium size. Sale price valid as of
12/12/2009.
59.00 Smartwool Training Beanie (there are
lighter beanies but I needed one warm
enough for my head during the night)
http://tinyurl.com/ch2fm6
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19 In 2009 on the JMT around August
0 4, rangers alerted us to leave the
trail for 1-2 days and wait out a
“100 year storm” that threatened to
lay down up to 4“ of snow at
elevations of 9,000 feet and
temperatures down to the low 20s,
with rain possible beneath that
elevation. The snow and the rain
did not occur but the temps did get
down to the 20s. I wish I had
packed 2 ounces more of weight to
protect the hands. I have a pair of
ultralight ULA Rain Mitts which
are no longer made, the closest
equivalent are the Mountain Laurel
Designs eVent Mittens or the
Silnylon Mittens made by dendeavors.com.
1.2
45.00 See MLD’s eVent Mittens at
http://tinyu
rl.com/ylzc
8xh or the
Silnylon
Mittens at
http://www
.dendeavors.
com/rainmi
tts.htm Price
shown is
for the
Silnylon ones but if you can afford them,
you’ll like the eVent ones better for they
are breathable. Other heavier choices are
shown here: http://tinyurl.com/ykjgf6w
Just recently discovered are these Orange
ultralight ones under 1 oz for $25 at
UltraliteGear.com. Budget column now
shows these orange mittens as chosen.
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20 The Possum Down Liner Glove I
0 recommended last year I
discovered do not last long, the
finger tips easily unravel. For
2011, I am going with the Ibex
Zing Shak Liner wool gloves and
they weigh .45 oz more though.
Worth it if they last longer.
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23 SteriPEN AdventurerOpti Water
0 Purifier. This is a new improved
SteriPen which I beta tested in
2009 and am acquiring a
production model in 2010. The
Steripen AdventurerOpti
(http://www.steripen.com/adventur
er-opti ) is the perfect purifier in
areas where the water is clear and
all you want to do is purify the
water (that is, kill the invisible stuff
such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa
(including Giardia and
Cryptosporidium). It purifies one
liter of water in 90 seconds of
stirring (using a 1 liter plastic
bottle as mentioned above). It uses
2 CR123A batteries which kept
their charge for a 8 day hike
purifying between 4 and 5 liters of
water a day. Our hike was 15 days
total and at the midpoint resupply
break I changed batteries on
purpose.
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The cheaper alternative is to bring a
heavy duty liner glove you already have
at home.
2
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You can get the gloves shown to the right
in various colors. Mine are black.
It is important if there is a 100 year or 50
year cold front that hits you on the JMT
in July/August to be prepared for it. The
cost shown here is only about 6-8 extra
ounces of weight to be prepared for it.
100
Steripen is not required, as the lowcost
option is to use Chlorine Dioxide tablets
exclusively. It is lighter and cheaper to
only use this.
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http://www.rei.com/product/79900
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Weight shown is without the
carrying case – I stored it in a pack
shoulder pouch bag, equally
protective. Unit comes with 2
CR123A batteries. Weight
includes those 2 batteries.
# Effective against bacteria, viruses
and cysts, such as cryptosporidium
# Makes questionable water
bacteriologically suitable to drink
# No aftertaste - improves the taste
and odor of water
# Proven effective against Giardia
Lamblia, Cryptosporidium, and
Viruses
# Available in 20 tablet and 30
tablet sizes
Cheapest is 30 tablets for $10.99 at
Campmor http://tinyurl.com/yb8tamy
Cost is for 5 packages of 30 tablets
apiece (150 tablets in all—good for
6.5 quarts a day for 23 days)
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54.95 Recommended as low cost option too.
This is recommended for those who use
the Steripen as a fallback option. Some
people assert they notice an aftertaste.
There may be some truth in this. Myself
on the 2009 JMT, I used the tablets to
treat water at night at camp, doing about
6 quarts of water which was used for
handling supper and breakfast and
starting of hike. I used the Steripen
throughout the day hiking. This provided
a combination of ease and minimal time
waiting for water to be ready. For the
low cost option, one just needs to skip
use of the Steripen.
1
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Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide and
AquaMira Chlorine Dioxide tablets are
chemically identical to the best of my
knowledge.
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4"x8" 1 Micron Polyester Filter
Bags - Use a wire cutter to remove
the steel ring and it is a 1 oz, 1
micron filter. If you pre-filter the
water before you treat with the
Chlorine Dioxide tablets (either
Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide
tablets or Aqua Mira tablets, either
are chemically identical), one only
needs to wait 20 minutes after
putting one tablet into each quart of
water. If you filter 6 quarts of
water a day, you’ll need 5 units of
30 tablets. Weight of 150 tablets
(good for 6.5 quarts a day for 23
days) is estimated at 1 oz.
http://www.dudadiesel.com/choose
_item.php?id=fbp81
1
2.99
Recommended as low cost option too
1
2.99
Some links on efficacy of Chlorine
Dioxide treatment of water and the
benefits of 1 micron or smaller filters are
here:
http://aquamira.com/bpl_2_efficacy-ofwater.pdf
http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinkin
g/travel/backcountry_water_treatment.ht
ml
http://www.cdc.gov/crypto/factsheets/filte
rs.html
Notes: “C. [Cryptosporidium parvum
oocysts can be as small as 4 microns
(Flanigan and Soave, 1993)” – see
http://biology.kenyon.edu/slonc/bio38/ha
nnahs/crypto.htm
“Giardia (say "gee-ar-dee-ah") cysts are
elliptically shaped and range in size from
6 to 10 microns.” – see http://www.waterresearch.net/Giardia.htm
24 Aloksak Extra Sacks (for fjording
0 water, Trash, Snacks) – various
sizes
3.2
25 Titanium Tri-Fuel Caldera Alcohol
0 Stove System, 900 ML (stove
system and 900 ml titanium
pot/mug) – Weight is for the stove
system minus the dual-purpose
8.0
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http://preview.tinyurl.com/253qvw
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the large capacity sack, I recommend at a
minimum, 2 for trash (1 is backup in case
1st seal breaks).
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Trail Designs Caldera Keg-F Alcohol
Cooking System
59.95
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mug/pot (with lid) is 8.oz. Wt. of
the Tibetan Goat Titanium 900 ML
mug/pot is 4.4 oz.
l.php?prod=TDCKEG&cat=40
“This is a revolutionary approach
to alcohol stove cookery. Trail
Designs has developed a cone and
stove system that is tuned to
specific pots to create the most
efficient alcohol stove system in
the known universe.
By completely enclosing the pot
and stove within the Caldera Cone,
and fine tuning the alcohol stove
(included) to work in that
environment, we are now able to
milk every last BTU out of your
fuel and funnel it onto all sides of
your pot. Not only does the cone
system optimize your fuel usage,
we also eliminate the need for a pot
stand by supporting the pot from
the top of the cone.....and its wide
base provides the most stable
system on the market.
And if that weren't enough, by
totally enclosing the pot and stove,
nothing performs better in the
wind. Period. The Caldera Cone
unfolds to pack flat or you can roll
it up for easy storage in a protected
compartment or the new Caldera
Caddy that comes with each
system.”
The Caldera Keg-F was selected by two
editors in the 2008 Backpacking Light
Staff Picks Awards!
Includes the:
* Stable, efficient, wind resistant
Caldera Cone
* Recycled Caldera Keg and lid
* 12-10 Stove with integrated primer
pan
* Lip-Guard
* Monster Band for unformed cans
* Fuel Bottle kit with measuring cup
* Insulating cozy
* Caldera Caddy to protect it all AND
double as mug/bowls.
* NOW with titanium re-enforced
dovetail closure!!!!
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If you only cook suppers on trail,
for a 6 day stretch, bring 8 oz of
alcohol, so you’ll need a tiny 5 oz
plastic bottle of denatured alcohol
on top of what you carry in the
provided container.
http://www.titaniumgoat.com/TiTri
.html
http://www.antigravitygear.com/pr
oddetail.php?prod=AGCDSK
(Optional Silnylon bag.)
Note on Pot Volume: Trail Designs forms
a "ridge" in the body of the beverage
container so that it rests on the top of the
cone. This ridge is right at 2cups which
means that you can get 2 cups of water
down inside the cone to heat, which is
pretty standard for most dehydrated
meals. The TOTAL volume of the
container is 25.4 fl oz, but the top portion
of that will not be inside the cone.
Weight of Pot/Cone/Stove - 2.7oz / 77gm
Weight of Everything - 6.3oz / 181gm
http://www.antigravitygear.com/pr
oddetail.php?prod=AGCZCDY
(The bubble aluminum-foil cover
shown in the picture to the right. )
Weight of Everything minus the
bubble-aluminum foil pot cozy and
optional silnylon case is 11.9 oz
(this assumes you leave the esbit
setup at home).
If you are determined to stick with
butane fuel, consider this stove and
kitchen set by JetBoil, the Sol TI
premium cooking system.
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26 I used to use the ULA Equipment
0 Rain Wrap but found out in
prolonged rain that Silnylon gets
wet, to get something more
impermeable, I got the TrailLite
Designs Cloud Kilt made and sold
by Zpacks.com and it weighs only
1.4 oz.
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http://www.ulaequipment.com/rainwrap.asp
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Two more advantages of this over pants is
(a) it can be worn while you are giving
yourself a sponge bath keeping yourself
modest in mixed company and (b) it can
be used as a seating “towel” if the ground
is wet but it is not raining.
ULA Equipment Rain Wrap
(lightest weight protection in heavy
rain for legs and easy to put on and
take off with ordinary pants
beneath—in 7 years of hiking
Sequoia, I have not needed leg
protection in the rain but one has to
carry something “just in case” but
it might as well be only 3.1 oz).
27 Map Bag (Aloksak) with essential
0 user manuals
3
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I have computer printouts of my most
essential user manual pages (the Brunton
weather forecaster, Steripen, Garmin
Rino – as I memorize them on the hike, I
burn the pages memorized).
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28 Shaklee Basic H2™ Organic Super
0 Cleaning Concentrate (in one
bottle) and Bleach (in second
bottle). (I put both bottles in an
Aloksak to doubly protect against
spillage.) I took about an ounce of
the H2 cleaner, undiluted, and it
lasted the entire 16 days (165
miles) on the JMT in 2009. This
little 16 oz bottle creates an
unbelievable 48 gallons of supersafe, really powerful, doubleconcentrated, all purpose cleaner.
No rinse, no residue, streak-free
formula.
3
29 Injinji Crew Performance Toesock,
5 Medium (made of CoolMax® and
a resistant outer shell of durable
nylon--2 extra pairs) – I have
avoided blisters in my 8 years of
hiking in the High Sierra but not
hot feet. For 2009, I will be
training with these socks as they
seem the most promising. See this
link for a review of the sock by
numerous independent atheletes:
http://tinyurl.com/6e3tv8
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http://www.shaklee.com/00015.html
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http://www.rei.com/product/402057
28.00
http://www.rei.com/product/728375
My goal is to change socks in the
afternoon, wash the morning pair and let
them dry while hiking via the wet socks
hanging outside the pack in a mesh bag.
In 2009, I recommended the Merino
Wool but I found the fabric to not last
long. I’ve heard and read the Coolmax
fabric is more durable and lasting. One
does not like to see holes develop in
socks on a 23 day long hike. Since I
wash socks daily, the importance of
merino wool is less imperative for socks.
I most highly recommend Merino Wool
for the briefs and Tshirts though.
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29 Smartwool Crew Merino Wool
7 Liner Sock – Made of 61% Merino
Wool, 35% Nylon, 3% Elastic, 1%
Polyester
https://www.smartwool.com/defaul
t.cfm#/Search/liner/_/_/246/
To provide a dual layer protection
between the foot and the shoe, two
thin socks will be worn instead of
one sock. If the foot gets too hot, I
can remove one sock. But until
that happens, I can cushion the foot
with this second pair of socks. I
have worn double-layer socks the
last 8 years on the trail.
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REI
Coolmax
Liner
Socks. I
actually
put the
liner sock
on the
outside of
the Injinji
Toesock.
To
provide a dual layer protection between
the foot and the shoe, two thin socks will
be worn instead of one sock. If the foot
gets too hot, I can remove one sock.
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30 IbexWear Balance Briefs (17.5
0 Micron Merino Wool blend (85%
Wool/10%Nylon/5% Spandex);
256 g/m2; Ultra-fine softness;
Form-fit. Seamless construction;
Body mapping for comfort and
support
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Champion Seamless Quick Drying Sports
Underwear
* Moisture Wicking
* Odor Control
* Minimal Seams to Reduce Chafing Ultra Soft Hand
Fiber
Content:
"88%
Nylon,
10%
Spandex,
2%
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http://tinyurl.com/5rtkjn
Get the black color – it more easily
looks like a swimsuit brief as well
and can be worn as a swimsuit.
Polypropylene"
(weight is guessed)
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32 Platypus 2+ [Liter] Water Bottle.
0 REI Item 617926.
2.4
19.90
http://www.rei.com/product/617926
Weight shown is for 2 bottles
2.4
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I tried the Japanese brand in 2009 and
they failed after one day. Stick with
Platypus brand as they perform (at least
for those I know) without failure.
33 Repel Soft Unscented Insect/Sun
0 Block 15 (2 ounces of weighted
lotion will last for a 8 day hike).
Bottle bought holds 4 ounces
though – you can transfer lotion to
a smaller bottle. REI sells small 3
ounce plastic bottles (as does
Target and other stores).
2.4
5.75
http://www.rei.com/product/618163
34 Zpacks Large cylinder food bag (a
0 Large "Blast" Food Bag made of
1.5 sq/oz Cuben Fiber), 8"
diameter by 15". Makes a great
water holding container (if it leaks,
seal the seam from the inside with
the sheathing tape described
above). Can also be used to hold
your hydration platypus (water)
while hiking.
http://www.zpacks.com/accessories
/stuff_sacks.shtml
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20.95 Use a 2 or 3 gallon zip lock bag.
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36 Tibetan Titanium Trek Kettle / Pot
0 with Lid - 115mm tall - 900ml
capacity
• Fits the Caldera Cone stove for
the MSR Titan Kettle
• 3.6 inches (92mm) tall x 4.75
inches (121mm) diameter
• Combined weight 3.4 oz (96g)
• Mug weighs 2.6oz (76g)
• Lid weighs 0.7 oz (20g)
http://tinyurl.com/97r8e7
This acts as my drinking mug,
sterilizer bottle for the steripen,
coffee mug, and cooking pot. It
holds 30.5 oz of water, nearly a
quart which is what the steripen
will sterilize at a single batch.
3.4
36 Invisible Clock II – Without the
5 plastic holder, this is about a 1
ounce alarm clock that is about 20
times louder than any other alarm
clock in this weight size. I have a
partial higher frequency hearing
loss and normal wristwatch alarm
signals I can not hear well enough
to have them wake me up and I
wake up about 4:45AM daily on
the trail in order to hit the trail at
about 6:45 am. Yes it takes me
awhile to get going in the morning.
This clock only uses 1 AAA
battery. Features:
“Alarms - set up to 12 different
alarms to vibrate or beep at various
times during the day ! Handle any
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43.99 Everne
w
Titaniu
m Ultra
Light
Deep
Pot .9L
(ECA2
65)
4.4
40.95
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http://w
ww.anti
gravitygear.com/proddetail.php?prod=EC
A265&cat=114
39.95 # Toggle switch for easy set to vibration /
off / beep - no programming required to
set your choice of alert, just a quick flip
of this switch.
# Adjustable vibration intensity, beep
volume, number of beeps - if you want
the vibration soft and quiet you can set to
low. If you want it strong, you can set to
medium or high - same for the beeps.
And you can set from 1 to 6 beeps.”
http://www.invisibleclock.com/features.ht
m
The low cost alternative is to use your
existing watch or depend upon others in
the group or depend upon the sunlight.
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time management challenge
37 Zpacks Cuben Fiber Large Pack
8 Cover - 100% waterproof,
seamless design; Shock cord draw
string cinches tight around your
pack; A lightweight strap clips
underneath your shoulder straps to
ensure that the pack cover will
never blow away in a gust of wind!
In.6 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber. The
packs that Joe lists on his web site
are size small and medium, but he
will custom make a large size – see
note at right.
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33, 39 or 55 gallon garbage bag. You’ll
have to jury rig a closure system using
sheathing tape. It will work in a pinch.
I’m not an expert doing this, and it might
be better to go with a 55 gallon
drawstring drum bag and perhaps cut it
and use sheathing tape to shorten the
depth of it, but use the large opening to
wrap around the pack as shown in the
picture to the right. Bag shown below is
1.9 mil, 55 gallon, with drawstring.
$21.65 for 50 bags (with shipping, about
60 cents per bag)
http://www.shopdirectsource.com/Produc
tDetails.asp?ProductCode=DT55DRUM
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http://www.rei.com/product/761242
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http://www.zpacks.com/accessories
/pack_cover.shtml
The large fits internal frame packs
from 3500 to 5500 cubic inches in
volume. It easily envelopes my
fully loaded Granite Gear Nimbus
Ozone, Medium Size Pack.
38 Bison Designs Mini Lock Utility
0 Biner (REI Item 678574). [For a
dual purpose bear bell, I used one
of these carabiners plus the
Titanium Coffee Mug/Pot, and
attached the two of them to the
back of my pack, where the
clanging was the equivalent of a
bear bell sound. Alerting bears to
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your presence is sound trail safety
– you do not want to walk around a
curve and surprise a bear. I got the
locking Carabiner to 100%
guarantee it did not accidentally
open and cause me to lose my
Titanium Coffee Mug/Pot
11 First Aid Kit (Spenco 2nd Ski
0 n, Gauge, Bandaids, Sewing
Thread/Needle, Antiseptic Wipe for
Cuts, Pouch) – Only link and
picture shown is for Spenco 2nd
Skin which is only needed after
you get a blister. Good shoes,
socks, Leuckotape is recommended
as proactive measures. I have
never blistered in 7 years of hiking
because of the obsessive footcare I
engage in but I have rendered first
aid for many hikers.
http://www.rei.com/product/12107
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0 X 15 Yards. You will probably use
a half roll on an entire JMT hike.
This tape has come to replace
MoleSkin, which I used previously.
This stays on the feet longer even
when wet than moleskin. It is like
breathable duct tape. Ryan Jordan,
editor of BackPackingLight writes
“Leukotape is so far and away the
best tape on the market for
protecting skin from friction that
it's one of the few items in my kit
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I use tincture of benzoin as an adhesive,
primarily to make sure the tape's edges
remain sealed to my skin. The
combination of Leukotape and tincture of
benzoin, as unglamorous as it sounds, is
one of the most reliable trekking
"systems" I've ever used. This is the most
critical first aid item you will use. I
recommend applying segments to parts of
the feet you predict will be sore before
you take your first step on the hike. I
have proactively avoided blisters this
way.
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I'm not concerned about improving
upon. It's soft, breathable, pliable,
sticky, and durable. This last
feature - its durability - is its best. I
can drain a blister, place a tiny
piece of gauze (or toilet paper)
over it, apply Leukotape, and then
forget about it for a week or more.
http://tinyurl.com/5ckyz3
http://tinyurl.com/586gea
See the 2” x 3/4” sponge insulation
hollow “pipe” above for this and
the below tape so you do not bring
the whole thing.
39 Omnifix Dressing Retention Tape 3 2" x 10 yards
http://www.amazon.com/gp/produc
t/B001ANS1YS/ref=oss_product
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7.69
I do not believe in being cheap on tape
used for foot care. The feet are the most
important thing you focus on hiking.
This is not a great expense.
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It does a good job eliminating friction—
both between your foot and the sock as
well as the skin-on-skin rub between toes.
It also repels water, an important trait for
people who may tromp through mud
puddles or thigh-deep rivers during an
average hike.”
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This tape is favored by some PCT
hikers and it is far more breathable
and lightweight than LeuckoTape.
I bring both tape along and use
different tape for different
situations. I will bring both types
in 2010 as well.
39 Hydropel Foot Ointment in ¼ oz
5 clear balm jar.
The GearJunkie writeup on
Hydropel:
“I’ve learned how to take care of
my feet. It’s a formula that starts
with good shoes, appropriate socks,
some strategic taping and—for
me—gobs and gobs of foot
(I started applying this to foot a month
before hike. Apply night before so it is
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lubricant.
It's a greasy, gooey salve made by
Genesis Pharmaceutical Inc.
Hydropel, a greasy, gooey salve
made by Genesis Pharmaceutical
Inc., has become my foot lube of
choice. It goes on thick and stays
that way for hours on end. For a
24-hour adventure race, I usually
apply the solution only once or
twice.
absorbed into foot and tape can be used if
desired during day.)
http://thegearjunkie.com/hydropel-sportsointment
http://tinyurl.com/6jp39t
http://www.containerandpackaging.com/it
em.asp?item=J004
Best to start applying this ointment
to your feet daily for each day prior
to the hike for the 2 weeks
preceeding.
39 REI Tincture of Benzoin Item #
8 752451. “Tin- cture of Benzoin
acts as an adhesive for tape or
bandages. Directions (as a tape
adhesive): Apply to skin. Let dry
until tacky. Cover with tape. Item
contains flammables; must be sent
via surface shipping only. Cannot
be sent to APO, FPO or
international addresses.”
http://www.rei.com/product/75245
1
.5
5.00
Weight shown is for a ½ bottle. A whole
bottle is 1 oz. A half bottle should last a
thru-hike such as the JMT. Cost shown is
for a half of a bottle. The main purpose
of this is to ensure that the leuckotape
you use does not unravel for 2-3 days of
use. It enables you to even get the tape
wet on your feet and still keep the tape
stuck nicely to the foot for 2-3 days.
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You can put this in a 15 cc plastic
bottle from UsPlastics.com (a 15cc
White Boston Round Bottle with
Dropper Cap).
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40 REI Storm Proof Matches. REI
0 Item 617046. [My
recommendation is that each
person hiking bring two boxes of
these. Also, after seeing the
current shipping requirements for
matches, they have to be shipped
ground – do not pack on the plane.
And ideal container for shipping is
better served by ordering the
ProForce Equipment survival
matches bulk tubes which are
NATO approved.
http://tinyurl.com/yga2j2y. These
NATO matches cost $6.95 per tube
and hold 25 matches per tube. See
here for TSA shipping rules:
http://tinyurl.com/mm6dk , USPS
here: http://tinyurl.com/yf6lmms
and UPS rules are here:
http://tinyurl.com/yjds2pr .
“Mailable types of safety matches
must be tightly packed in a
securely sealed primary receptacle
to prevent any shifting or
movement that could cause
accidental ignition by rubbing
against adjoining items.”
1.3
43 Aloksak with J&J First Aid Cream
0 in Eyedrop Bottle and Preparation
H in Eyedrop Bottle – This is
something you hope you do not
need but if you need it, you gotta
have it or it will drive you nuts.
1.1
4.15
http://www.rei.com/product/617046
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Weight shown is for 2 boxes (each have
25 matches). When one purchases this, it
comes in 2 boxes a package.
2.97
http://preview.tinyurl.com/ybw6v3
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41 Tiny Plastic Clothes Pins ( #
0 16134A 12 pc )
45 50 feet Clothes Line on Blue Kite
0 String
Handle (
500# Jerry
Brown
Hollow
Spectra
(100 yards)
fishing line
(for use as
heavy duty rope). 50 feet weighs
½ ounce. (Price shown is prorated for length used.) A plastic
Blue Kite String Handle weighs ½
ounce too. This rope has 500
pounds of strength. They also sell
a 1000 pound strength rope too. It
is used for deep sea fishing. The
one down side to using this string
for all your guy line is that in a
large group the guylines will not be
easily visible at night and people
could trip over the guylines and rip
your tent – this happened to two
tents in 2009. You can get for $15
Kelty TripTease Lightline with 3m
Reflective Scotchlite to guard
against such tent damage.
Reportedly this is 50 feet for 1 oz
1.25
.89
http://www.bjcraftsupplies.com/miniature 1.25
s/clothes-pins01.asp
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3.00
http://www.reelproshop.com/product_inf
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The two best knots to learn to tie and use
this string on the trail are the bowline and
the Rolling Hitch (Taut Line Hitch). See
http://www.animatedknots.com/bowline/
http://www.animatedknots.com/rollinghit
ch/
by AnimatedKnots.com
The cheaper alternative is to use some
line you already have access to, it might
weigh more.
35
weight with 188 lb breaking
strength due to the Spectra core
fabric.
http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/
gear/Product___49215
46 Plastic rope-line handle to store
5 your laundry line rope (see above).
This ½ ounce handle is the lightest,
most useful handle I could fine.
You have to buy the cheap string
with it, but it is only $1.85 with
string and handle combined.
http://www.campingsurvival.com/c
oreshco.html Most camping stores
sell this. It goes by the name,
Coghlan's Replacement Shock
Cord
Weight and cost for this is not shown in
the columns as it is padded into the
weight in the above line.
47 MSR PackTowl Personal Face
0 Towl. Instead of a body towel for
when you go swimming, use one of
these. I bring along two, one for
cleaning and drying one's body, the
other for drying dishes. For
sanitation reasons, I do not favor
only using one.
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12.95
http://www.rei.com/product/684302
48 Large mesh bag for putting wet
0 clothes in and hanging the mesh
bag off your backpack to finish
clothes drying while you hike. I
try and do laundry every night to
keep face cloth, underwear and
socks and tshirt freshly clean each
day.
.9
18.00 http://www.rei.com/product/720803?vcat
=REI_SEARCH
This REI bundle contains 3 bags: S
measures 3.5 x 7 inches, with volume of
85 cu. in.
# M measures 4.5 x 9 inches, with
volume of 145 cu. in.
# L measures 4.5 x 11 inches, with
volume of 225 cu. in.
The large bag should do the trick.
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49 Listerine PocketPaks Breath Strips,
0 Cool Mint (2 per day) – this is
better than toothpaste, as you do
not need to spit it out (which is a
nuisance as one has to worry about
attracting bears with the scent of
toothpaste). This is lighter and
more convenient than toothpaste.
.85
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http://tinyurl.com/5t9vtk
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50 Find out what type of JMT it is
0 going to be when dealing with
mosquito protection. If it is a light
year and I’ve encountered two of
those, a headnet will suffice.
Otherwise a full pullover noseeum
jacket should be considered. I
wore one in 2010 and was glad,
even though it weighed 3 oz. I got
the Compaq Bug Jacket from
LakeSuperiorStore.com.
3.0
16.50
The budget approach recommends to go
with the Backpacking Light Ultralight
Noseeum Headnet as it is a way to offset
your weight and save $3.
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In light bug years, go with the
Backpacking Light Ultralight
Noseeum Headnet.
A fellow hiker got a 4.4 oz Bug
Jacket that comes with bug mittens
and the head zipper is across the
neck rather than to the side of the
head (I like that zipper placement
better). He got the Sea to Summit
Bug Jacket and Mitts.
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51 Tent Sponge REI Item 675956.
0 URL: - this served two purposes,
one to wipe down the single wall
tent if it got condensation which it
did 3-4 nights despite the 360
degrees of ventilation due to the
design of the tent. No single wall
tent would have dealt with the
daily rains any better I can
imagine. The other purpose is as a
light brush to wipe dry (when
sponge was dry) the floor of the
tent or the floor of a dirty bear box.
This was lighter than any brush.
Something I did not realize until
doing this document was this
feature: “Elastic hang-loop lets you
attach it to your backpack [for
drying fast]”
.6
6.50
http://www.rei.com/product/675956
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52 Generic Travel Toothbrush C010 0459905-0000
2 piece travel toothbrush. Plastic
storage container doubles as handle
extension.
.5
.59
http://www.minimus.biz/detail.aspx?ID=
7491
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57 Mountain Laurel Designs 8.5”
0 Long Handled Titanium Spoon
.5
9.00
http://tinyurl.com/8hdg5d
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To eat out of the plastic bag (for
plastic bag cooking), you need a
long spoon. This is it. You are less
likely to lose a spoon this long too.
38
60 Small bag (2” x 3”) of Qtips for
0 cleaning ears of wax
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[no link – see 590 for bags]
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61 Engo Blister Prevention Patches – I
0 recommend you get the 30 pack of
large ovals – these patches are
applied onto the insole and areas of
the shoe where you suspect will
cause friction with sensitive areas
of the foot. I used about 6 patches
per shoe/insole (12 for the two
feet) and had to replace about 2
patches a foot for the 15 day hike.
I highly recommend these in
addition to the no-blister socks and
moleskin and superfeet insole
recommended elsewhere in this
guide.
.2
41.95
http://www.goengo.com/details.aspx?pid
=35&cid=167
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62 Extra Strong Rubber Bands –
0 multiple uses. Boxed Rubber
Bands 80% rubber. 620-720 psi
elasticity. 625% elongation. 12 lb.
breaking strength (based on 1/8"
wide band). Band count
approximate. Size 105 5"l x 5/8"w
x 1/16 gauge (thickness). 13 Bands
1/4-lb. Box (you may want smaller
rubber bands which are available
locally—I show these in case you
want extra duty rubber bands in
small quantity.)
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1.29
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2tq2au
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64 Backpacking Light MicroZip 2” x
0 3” Zip Closure Bags (pack of 16
bags) – I used these for soap, tiny
kitchen sponge segment, vitamin
pills, aspirin, etc.
65 Turbo Charge Iturbo Digital iPod
0 Charger IP140. “Using just one
standard AA battery, iTurbo uses
digital AlgorChip technology to
safely charge your iPod® without
overcharging it. …Compatible with
iPod mini (4GB, 6GB), iPod nano
(1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB) and iPod
classic (20GB, 40GB, 60GB,
80GB, 160GB). Twist on/off
switch with status LED”.
http://www.cyberguys.com/product
-details/?productid=13781
Manufacturer is Iturbo Online.
http://www.iturboonline.com/iturbo
_information.php
Total Ounces of Pack Loaded
(Food and Water excluded)
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3.19
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2t465l
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20.99
The low cost option is to hike without a
mp3 player so none is shown.
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272.4 3168.9
9
8
Total Pounds of Pack Loaded
(Food and Water excluded)
Total cost of gear in Pack (including
Pack)
267.1 1255.
6
96
Cheaper option lacks Spot (PLB),
Steripen, non-breathable bivy, involves
smaller tent and not as breathable rain
gear; less layering with down jackets;
hence the lower weight.
17.09
16.69
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Items Taken/Worn on Trail but not in Pack while Hiking
Ro
w
Gear Description
Oz
Cost
Lower Cost Description
10 Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
– Men's. Weight shown is for size
9.5. I have worn the eVent style of
this boot for the last two years but
each year although I super loved
the boot, the seams gave out and I
got free replacement boots. In
2009, after the hike, the free
replacement boots are no longer
made of eVent but the seams are
double sealed (sewn and gluesealed), so I think the current
model, which uses a proprietary
breathable waterproof membrane of
Keen, not eVent nor Gore-Tex, will
be more durable.
32
79.83
A fellow JMT hiker in the group had these
newer boots and swore by them. I will be
using them in 2010. I do like their weight
and sturdiness over all competitor boots.
20 Black Diamond Alpine CF
Trekking Poles (Pair) – A triple
section pair of poles that use the
best locking system, the flicklock
mechanism
17
LC LC
Oz Cost
Picture
Loc
n
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79.83
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129.9
5
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http://www.rei.com/product/772930
The sale price is currently for Forest Night
and
good as of
12/21/2009. Regular price is $125.00
I have tried many other boots but they are
not as supportive for the lightness of the
Keen
for the rough hike in the High Sierra, and am
not showing those other boots here.
129.9
5
http://www.bdel.com/gear/alpine_cf.php
One could go cheaper with poles, such as
those at Walmart
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do
?product_id=10923994 which would be
about $26 for two of them (a pair) but they
are out of stock and I do not advise being
cheap on something that if it fails could
cause significant harm.
42
30 Columbia Silver Ridge™
10.8 55.00
Convertible Pant (Men) – I am now
of the opinion to only bring one
pair of pants – the one you wear. I
wear clean socks, T-shirt,
underpants daily. I can wash the
Pants in the evening if they are that
dirty and wear my multipurpose
sleeping shorts (which is also my
swimming shorts and camp shorts)
or if need be, wear the rain-wrap if
need be. If you decide you need a
second pair, remove the zip-off legs
for the second pair to save weight.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/yoefdw
40 Columbia Cool Creek™ Mesh Vest
(a lightweight mesh fishing vest
made of 100% polyester mesh with
100% nylon and 75% nylon/25%
elastane Spacer Mesh™).
6.9
39.95
Cheaper alternative is to skip the vest and
keep items you’d keep there in your pack.
10 IbexWear Qu T Men’s Short Sleeve
0 17.5 Micron Merino Wool T-Shirt.
There are other good brands, such
as IceBreaker, SmartWool. The
important thing is that it is New
Zealand Merino Wool fabric that is
18.5 or smaller/finer wool. Price
shown is a sales price. Merino
Wool is favored over all other
fabrics as it is the coolest, and does
not smell after even 3 days of wear.
One can get by with just one Tshirt
and wash it every 3rd day.
6.9
39.95
http://tinyurl.com/5ls95n
The science of Merino Wool and
performance of these T-Shirts are explained
best at this review at
BackPackingLight.com:
http://tinyurl.com/5c7yp9
10.8 55.00
0
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6.9 39.95
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60 Casio Exilim Card Camera, model
EX-Z77 (3x optical zoom, 7.2
megapixel, 2.6” monitor). Camera
weight 4.5 ounces. I actually had
the Ex-S750 model which is a tiny
bit bigger, but if you are going to
buy one, I’d get the EX-Z77 model
instead. Weight shown excludes
case but includes spare battery, and
spare SD memory cards and is for
my EX-S750 model. I did end up
using the spare battery and spare
SD card. What I love about the
Exilim camera is the best shot
picture and best shot wizard – with
these wizards, you do not need to
memorize your camera manual and
settings. These are the two primary
settings I use. You interact with the
wizard to tell it what type of photo
setting you want. It is super easy.
Go to a camera store and ask to see
the best shot picture wizard feature
of the Exilim Camera. Casio sells
more expensive models but the EXZ77 is the lightest of their models
(4.16 ounces without battery and
accesories).
http://exilim.casio.com/browse_ca
meras/comparison
4.5
199.9 Casio Exilim EX-Z33 Silver 10.1MP Digital 4.5 89.98
5
Camera, 3x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD
Bod
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Casio-10.1-MPEX-Z33SR/12338912#rr
Not shown are the memory cards or extra
batteries.
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63 Apple Ipod Nano. I bring along a
1.45
Nano with music and audiobooks
on it. I hike solo often or with
another hike who has a Mp3 player
and it’s nice to sometimes hike with
classical music or an audiobook
(but I only have the energy to listen
to audiobooks towards the 2nd half
of the hike after I’ve built up my
strength).
http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/
67 Integral Designs eVent Shortie
Gaiters Ultra-light gaiters. “Made
from highly breathable trilaminate
eVent fabric, they are comfortable
to wear all day long without
excessive condensation buildup.
Insteps are reinforced with black
supplex nylon.“
http://www.moontrail.com/integraldesigns-shortie-gaiters.php
I wore the Dirty Girl Gaiters in
2009 for 18 days but then we were
faced with the “100 year cold storm
threat” and we vacated the park for
1 day, during that day I switched to
my Integral Designs eVent Shortie
Gaiters. I found they did not cause
me to get hot in the ankles and they
were more durable. Had it snowed
or rained badly, I would prefer the
use of the Shortie Gaiters. So for
2010, I did just bring the Shortie
2.5
119
25.00
Shown at the left is the price for the 16 gb
refurbished Ipod Nano from Apple’s
Refurbished section of their store.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB918LL/
A?mco=MTA4MzcwNjk
The Nano is far superior to the Ipod Touch
for hiking as it has 24 hours of playback for
one charge. You’ll also need to get an Ipod
Recharger (see last item shown in pack
above for that). Use AA Lithium battery for
recharging with least weight.
The low cost option, is of course, to hike
without an Mp3 player.
0
0
Dirty Girl Gaiters (men go for the plain
1.2 15.00
color gaiters).
Read the
Backpacking
Light.com
review at
http://tinyurl.
com/97uz7h .
Bod
y
In 2008, I used
the 1 oz
Montbell gaiters
but they
degraded
horribly on the
trail and the
straps would wear out after a couple of days.
The Dirty Girl Gaiters uses no straps,
instead they use Velcro. My boots do not
have a bottom sole suitable for gaiter straps
(there is no heel that drops down ½” from
the rest of the sole).
http://www.dirtygirlgaiters.com/empire96.ht
45
Gaiters. They are more durable as
well. I did adapt them to operate
like the Dirty Girl Gaiters as I had a
Velcro piece sewn on them.
ml
See the top photo at the right to see how the
Gaiter attaches to the back of the hiking
shoe. I could not find a photo that shows the
gaiter so well as the bottom right, but in real
life, both feet would wear the same color
gaiter, and most men would order a plain
color. (Mine are light grey.)
The Dirty Girl Gaiters are superb
for normal JMT summers, however
it would not hurt to have your
sewing machine go over the seam
to reinforce it. The seam stitching
was starting to wear towards the
end of the 18 days.
70 Orange Superfeet Insoles for
Maximum Hiking foot protection
See this page for another review:
http://www.snewsnet.com/cgibin/snews/06602.html
3.2
44.95 The cheaper option is to use the insoles that
come with the boots.
0
0
9.6
36.20 http://www.professionalequipment.com/hydr 9.6 36.20
ation-system-camelbak-76050/first-aid/
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I used to use the green ones but
switched to Orange in 2009 and
really like them better.
http://www.rei.com/product/752125
75 “The CamelBak Pakteen Hydration
System by CamelBak. Features
include: Integrated MOLLE/PAL
attachment system, use D ring
attachment points to place unit
anywhere, exterior fill port with
ergonomic two finger handle for
filling on the go, closed cell
insulation and neoprene tube cover
keeps water cool or warm for
hours.” I use this to provide frontside offsetting weight so that I am
more centered rather than all the
weight behind me. The weight
* Capacity: 50oz (1.5 L)
* Dimensions: 12in x 7in x 1in (304mm x
177mm x 25mm)
* Volume Including water: 92cu in (1.5L)
* Weight empty: 0.6lbs (0.2kg)
* Stand Alone Water System.
Ches
t
clipped
to
pack
stern
um
strap
Google and read up about the increased
comfort of hiking with a front pack. See
http://www.thesyncpack.com/biomechanics.
html (although the SyncPack weighs 2.2
46
fully loaded with water although
only about 2.5 pounds provides a
strong centering effect and I have
become addicted to the comfort of
this centering “feeling” even
though it adds a few ounces to total
weight.
pounds empty, the CamelBack Pakteen only
weighs .6 pounds and serves a critical
function (a durable water bladder). This is
my front pack and it does not interfere with
my vision of what is beneath my feet. It can
also be used as a backpack-stored water
container and the cover prevents
condensation effect in the pack.
80 Wenger Pocket Tool Chest Knife –
Features: Pen blade; Screwdriver;
Micro screwdriver;
Springless scissors with serrated,
self-sharpening design;
Cap lifter; Wire crimper
Nail file; Nail cleaner
Reamer; Awl with sewing eye
Cuticle pusher; Toothpick
Tweezers; Key ring
1.2
90 Case Logic Compact, Hardshell
Digital Camera Case (SKU-QPB11). URL:
3
18.35
http://www.wengerna.com/content1378
1.2 18.35
Bod
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I used to carry a 1.9 oz CRKT M16
Compact EDC Spear Knife in addition to the
Pocket Tool Knife but decided I could
sacrifice the 2 oz and use for my last ditch
weapon (in a worse case event), my hiking
pole. (Google for lowest price.)
12.00
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2m9ys5
3
12.00
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10 REI Sahara Cape Hat, REI Item
0 734789. “Soft, breathable nylon
fabric is lightweight, quick-drying
and helps protect skin from the
sun's harmful UV rays. Rear cape
offers additional sun protection;
can be tucked up inside when not
needed” - I have never work sun
glasses on the 6 years of hikes as
this cap protects my eyes from
everything but snow glare and that
is so rare and short, there is no
point in carrying glasses in my
opinion. Other hikers, use them
though. A personal preference.
2.8
9.83 Closest I can find is
http://tinyurl.com/yfr96n2 which is a
Fishing Hat with Removable Sunshield by
Dorfman Pacific. Another option is to use
an ordinary baseball hat and get the
gofastandlight.com Sunshade for Baseball
Cap at http://tinyurl.com/ykyd6qg for $9.94.
2.8
9.83
Bod
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2.9
103 The low cost option is to hike without a GPS
and to rely on your compass, the
information others in the group have, and a
good map.
0
0
Bod
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http://www.rei.com/product/748998
?vcat=REI_SEARCH
This hat is no longer sold by REI.
Bummer, it is a great hat.
90 Garmin Foretex 101 GPS (optional,
not required on the John Muir Trail
but at only 2.9 oz, it can be
convenient)
http://www.provantage.com/garmin
-010-00364-01~7GRMN04A.htm
http://tinyurl.com/5au3nk
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30 IbexWear Balance Briefs (17.5
0 Micron Merino Wool blend (85%
Wool/10%Nylon/5% Spandex);
256 g/m2; Ultra-fine softness;
Form-fit. Seamless construction;
Body mapping for comfort and
support. http://tinyurl.com/5rtkjn
This is a dual purpose item, as it
can be used as a swimming pants.
Get black if possible. If you bring
two pair, one worn for swimming
can dry while you wear the other
one.
1.8
17
Champion Seamless Quick Drying Sports
Underwear
* Moisture Wicking
* Odor Control
* Minimal Seams to Reduce Chafing Ultra Soft Hand
Fiber Content:
"88% Nylon,
10% Spandex,
2%
2.3
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Bod
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Bod
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Polypropylene"
(weight is guessed)
12 Brunton ADC Pro - Do not bother
0 wearing a watch, use this instead
(leave the lanyard behind). It
weighs less than many heavy duty
multi-purpose watches. It has so
many features and does local 12
hour weather forecasting – features
(including a super loud alarm
clock):
Displays current relative humidity,
heat index, dew point and wet bulb.
I consider important to have an
inkling of whether or not a storm is
imminent before you hike up a
mountain pass – this device will
assist with its storm alarm and
weather forecasting icon display.
2
156.9 http://www.brunton.com/product.php?id=26
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Current, max and average wind
speed (in km/h, mph, ft/s, m/s, or
knots)
Shows current temperature
Past 24 hour temperature tendency
Wind chill
Average wind chill and minimum
wind chill
Wind chill alarm
Water flow meter
Real time clock
Time,day and date
Chronograph operation
Race timer
Manual and automatic data logging
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Relative air density
Air density
Altitude
Density altitude
Displays current barometric
pressure (in hPa,mb or Hg)
Storm alarm
Displays the past 24 hour
pressure tendency
Predicts the coming 12
hour's weather
Altimeter alarm
Ski run counter
13 About the ACR WW-3 Emergency
0 Whistle
•
This is optional and not shown
included for the low cost gear
approach.
Be sure you bring along the instructions to
recalibrate the altimeter. I forgot. It is
extremely accurate if kept calibrated (you
can check when you get to signs that tell you
the precise elevation).
.3
“The WW-3 Whistle was
developed for the US Navy and is
USCG approved. Its pea-less
design and high impact plastic
means that it's durable and rugged
enough for extended backcountry
use. It is one of the loudest
emergency whistles available,
audible from great distances.”
29 Injinji Crew Liner NuBamboo
5 Toesock, Medium – I have avoided
blisters in my 8 years of hiking in
the High Sierra but not hot feet.
For 2009, I will be training with
these socks as they seem the most
promising. See this link for a
review of the sock by numerous
independent atheletes:
IR data communication with PC
using ADC-IR
Waterproof
• 2 year warranty
2.85
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgibin/backpackinglight/acr_emergency_whistl
e.html
.3
2.85
Bod
y
.3
2.85
Pack
(Sold in packs of 3; cost is 1/3rd of package)
2.0
24.00 http://www.injinji.com/tetratsok/outdoor_c.h
tm
50
http://tinyurl.com/6e3tv8
29 Smartwool Crew Merino Wool
7 Liner Sock – Made of 61% Merino
Wool, 35% Nylon, 3% Elastic, 1%
Polyester
2.0
15 The Fenix LD01 light is probably
0 the lightest, strongest, most
affordable light in its class,
flashlight for hikers. I used this in
2009 and it was incredible,
unfortunately I forgot and left the
light in Red’s Meadow. This year, I
have it’s little brother light as a
backup light, the Fenix E01 light.
Read the reviews:
http://www.flashlightreviews.com/r
eviews/fenix_ld01.htm
http://www.lightreviews.com/fenix_e01/
These lights use a single AAA
battery and I use the Lithium
Disposable AAA battery in them. I
ordered an accessory clip for the
E01 while it came free with the
LD01. Shipping is free. This light
is ideal if you have a baseball type
hat rim. I also put enough of a loop
2
9.95 https://www.smartwool.com/default.cfm#/Se 2.0
arch/liner/_/_/246/
9.95
Bod
y
29.90
Bod
y
To provide a dual layer protection between
the foot and the shoe, two thin socks will be
worn instead of one sock. If the foot gets
too hot, I can remove one sock. But until
that happens, I can cushion the foot with this
second pair of socks. I have worn doublelayer socks the last 8 years on the trail.
64.95 Price is for quantity two
(take 2, one as backup
rather than worrying
about battery backup).
Weight is .5 ounce for one
(including its battery).
1
http://www.rei.com/product/709068
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of string off the string-hole to
secure it around the top of my hat
to the back where the Velcro sizeadjusts the hat. That way the light
can not fall off the hat and
disappear.
http://tinyurl.com/yj3adcb
16 Warmers Solar Gloves – Unisex
0 (fingerless). I use these with my
hiking poles to keep the foam
handles from getting soaked with
sweat. These are better than golf
gloves as they are fingerless,
lighter, and cover more of the wrist
where the hiking pole strap wraps.
http://www.rei.com/product/685194
1
15.00 A fellow JMT
hiker uses
these gloves,
they look more
durable, a little
cheaper too.
http://www.opt
icsplanet.net/d
ewalt-workglovesdpg23.html I
am showing zero cost for this item, as it is a
preference item, only used by about 10-15
percent of hikers. So the low cost approach
is to get by without them.
0
0
Bod
y
16 For years in the High Sierra I had
6 problems with chapped lips that
would persist for weeks after the
hike but in 2009 I switched to
LypSyl LypMoisturizer (they have
several styles – see
http://lornameadna.com/lypsyl_pro
ductfamily.html ). I think 2 of
them look better than the one I used
in 2009 (LypSyl LypMedication or
LypSyl LypSensitivity – this last
1
3.29
1
3.29
Bod
y
For the low cost option, I recommend the
same item, this is not expensive and chapped
lips are no fun.
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one is free of flavors which might
be superior in bear country too).
17 Two MSR PackTowl Personal Face
0 Towl. Instead of a body towel for
when you go swimming, use one of
these. I bring along three, two for
cleaning and drying one's body
(crotch/face), the other for drying
dishes. For sanitation reasons, I do
not favor only using one.
http://www.rei.com/product/684302
1.8
25.90
The cheaper approach is to use something
like Shamwow (at the Internet site, if you try
to click away, they drop the price $5 making
a set of 8 (4 large, 4 small) for $14.99).
Weight is guessed.
https://www.shamwow.com/ver17/index.asp
2
14.99
Bod
y
18 Two Fisher Space Pen Stowaway
0 pens ( Small Pocket Space Pen with
clip, not refillable - Blister Pack)
http://thewritersedge.com/fisher.cf
m (browse Specialized Space Pens,
then Economy Space Pens)
.37
7.75
The cheaper approach is to bring 2 pens
from home that you already own.
.75
0
Bod
y
.25
The purpose of this is for group hiking so
that the faster hikers can communicate back
to the slower hikers if they decde to leave
trail for a break or camp site, or what not.
The rear hiker picks up the tape and gives it
back to the owner hiker. Each member in
the group should take one of these kits
along. Use two stones to hold the tape to the
ground when you place one strip down.
1.00
This is a trick I learned from hunters.
.25
19 Three 2 feet long glo-pink or gloyellow or glo-orange (AKA
fluorescent) flagging tape in a 2” x
3” zip bag (purchaseable at any
craft or fabric store or at
usplastics.com), with a
MiniSharpie.
http://tinyurl.com/289dlml
http://tinyurl.com/2356mj7
Total weight of items Worn on
Body in Ounces
119.3 1241.
0
64
<= Total cost of items Worn on Body /
Weight of Alternative Low Cost Items =>
1.00
98.9 562.9
0
2
<= Total Alt. Cost
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Total weight of items Worn on
Body in Pounds
7.45
Missing are luxury, optional items like the
multi-function pocket watch which does
weather forecasting, the fishing vest, the
GPS.
6.17
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Miscellaneous Items to Get in Preparation for the Trail / Travel to Trailhead
Ro
w
Gear Description
10 REI Classic Duffel Bag - XX Large
Item # 795138
http://www.rei.com/product/795138
Oz
Cost
34
44.50
This duffel bag packs neatly in an
included carrying case when not in
use. I put my backpack and extra
street clothes in this and when I get
to the trailhead, I pack the duffel
bag, street clothes, cell phone, and
street toiletries, including a swim
suit and ship to Lone Pine Post
Office in care of General Delivery –
see http://tinyurl.com/yzpvcuz .
20 MyWeigh KD-7000 professional
N/A 38.95
scale. This has many features I
long wanted but waited until my old
scale totally died on me. Among
the features I like are: An adjustable
or disable-able auto off feature; can
read in in Pounds:Ounces, Pounds,
Straight Ounces, Grams, Kilograms;
hold feature; 30 year warranty; 1
gram accuracy; Tare functionality
(where a bowl or something is
considered zero weight, when you
only want to weigh what is inside
the bowl). 15 lb total weighing
Lower Cost Description
LC LC
Oz Cost
Find any equivalent duffel bag, 18” x 36” 34
(8737 cubic inches or 143 liters in volume)
such as this one at Amazon via Outdoor
Recreation Group http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001151EIA?ta
g=nixe-20
Amazon sells the Digital Postal Shipping
Postage Bench Scales 35 lbs by LW
Measurements for about half price.
N/A
Picture
Locn
24.9
5
For
Travel
ing to
but
not
used
on
Trail
19.9
9
Leave
at
home
– use
for
measu
ring
weigh
ts
http://tinyurl.com/yfwqxp4
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capacity.
http://www.myweigh.com/mediums
cales_KD7000.html - Amazon sells
this model for $38.95
Useful Items for packaging and storing your food items before you ship them in bulk to
your JMT Supply Spots
I package my food items into 4 separate larger containers a day:
1. The breakfast bag - using a cheap pint or quart size thin plastic bag that holds all the items for breakfast, some of which are inside very tiny
ziploc-style bags.
2. The mini-meals between breakfast and supper bag - using a quart size thin plastic bag that holds all the items for use on the trail, some of which
are inside very tiny ziploc-style bags.
3. The supper items except for the large aluminum pouch of either Tuna/Salmon/Chicken -- using a quart size thin plastic bag that holds all the
items for supper (except for the flesh item), some of which are inside very tiny ziploc-style bags.
4. The large aluminum pouch of either Tuna/Salmon/Chicken which are kept inside their own original pouch.
I have found that US Plastics is ideal and affordable for these tiny ziploc-style bags.
Useful Items for packaging and storing your food items before you ship them in
bulk to your JMT Supply Spots
By Roleigh Martin, 5/11/2011 11:36 AM
Stock Mini
Photo
Item Description
Qty I
ordered
3" x 4" x 2 mil
2
Reclosable Bags - These Cases
bags meet FDA
of
standards for food
1000
handling applications.
5/11/2011 Price
$7.26
Usplastic.com
Item/Link
48730
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Yellow Gamma Seals™
(I already had several,
you may want more.
This is for sealing and
resealing as you pack
your items and want to
have your sacked items
critter-proof until
shipped)
4" x 4" x 2 mil
Reclosable Bags - These
bags meet FDA
standards for food
handling applications.
1
$7.64
1858
1 Case
of
1000
$9.63
48734
5" x 5" x 2 mil
1 Case
Reclosable Bags - These of
bags meet FDA
1000
standards for food
handling applications.
$13.08
48739
2 oz Polypropylene Low 1
Profile White Jar 70mm
Neck. Molded in crackresistant white
polypropylene. Caps
sold separately
White 70 mm
1
Polypropylene Cap with
Foamed PE Liner
$0.24
66721
$0.22
66338
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80% of the Cost of the Items in Pack is What?
Tibetan TiTrek Kettle
Caldera Stove System
GG Air Space Bags
Montane Aero Jacket
SteriPEN Purifier
GG Nimbus Ozone Pack
NeoAir Mattress
Series1
MLD SuperLight Bivy
WM Flight Jacket
Bearikade Weekender Can
Tarptent SubliteSil Tent
McMurdo PLB
WM Summerlite Bag
$0.0 $50. $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350
0
00
.00
.00
.00
.00
.00
.00
This Chart is Outdated and Only Covers the Premium Side (of an older gear list)
– kept here for relativity display purposes. Eventually to be updated.
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80% of the Cost of the Items Worn on the Body is What?
CamelBak Pakteen
Columbia Fishing Vest
Columbia Zipoff Hiking Pants
IbexWear Qu T Merino Wool Shirt
Garmin Foretex 101 GPS
Cost
Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots
Black Diamond Hiking Poles
Brunton ADC Pro
Casio Exilim Card Camera EX-Z77
0.00 50.00 100.0 150.0 200.0 250.0
0
0
0
0
This Chart is Outdated and Only Covers the Premium Side (of an older gear list)
– kept here for relativity display purposes. Eventually to be updated.
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Gear Description of Items in Pack
Gear Description of Items in Pack (Last Updated: 7/8/2010)
Quantity
Category
Backpacking Light Ultralight Noseeum Headnet
1
Clothing
Black Rock Down Beanie
1
Clothing
IbexWear Balance Briefs
1
Clothing
Integral Designs eVent Thru Hiker Rain Jacket
1
Clothing
Montbell U.L.Down Inner Half Sleeve Jacket
1
Clothing
Patagonia Sage Burner Shorts
1
Clothing
Possum Down Liner Gloves
1
Clothing
Smartwool Crew Merino Wool Liner Sock-1 pair
1
Clothing
ULA Equipment Rain Wrap
1
Clothing
ULA Rain Mitts
1
Clothing
Western Mountaineering Flash Vest
1
Clothing
Aloksak Extra Sacks– various sizes
5
Container
Bearikade Weekender Expedition
1
Container
Granite Gear Air Space Bags for Internal Pack organizing
3
Container
Granite Gear Uber Light (Cuben Fiber) Dry Sack, 18 Liter
1
Container
Large mesh bag for putting wet clothes in
3
Container
Plastic empty Fuel Bottle for Denatured Alcohol-16 oz bottle
1
Container
Zpacks Cuben Fiber Large Pack Cover
1
Container
Zpacks Large cylinder food bag for holding water containers
2
Container
Mountain Laurel Designs 8.5” Long Handled Titanium Spoon
1
Cooking
Pot Cozy and Plastic Pot Container to hold Caldera Stove System
1
Cooking
Check Off
Symbol/Note
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Gear Description of Items in Pack (Last Updated: 7/8/2010)
Quantity
Category
REI Storm Proof Matches
1
Cooking
Tibetan Titanium Trek Kettle / Pot with Lid - 115mm tall - 900ml capacity
1
Cooking
Titanium Tri-Fuel Caldera Alcohol Stove System, 900 ML (stove system and 900 ml titanium
pot/mug)
1
Cooking
Invisible Clock II
1
Electronics
Second Generation, Spot II Satellite GPS Messenger
1
Electronics
Turbo Charge Iturbo Digital iPod Charger IP140
1
Electronics
Injinji Crew Liner Toesock, pair
2
Feet
Injinji Crew Performance Toesock, pair
2
Feet
Vincere Grip/Boat Socks
1
Feet
2 x 1” sponge insulation hollow “pipe” to hold the above tapes
1
Misc Item
2-1/2" White SHEATHING TAPE
1
Misc Item
50 feet Clothes Line on Blue Kite String Handle
1
Misc Item
Bison Designs Mini Lock Utility Biner
8
Misc Item
Bleach in bottle
1
Misc Item
Extra Strong Rubber Bands
5
Misc Item
Map Bag (Aloksak) with essential user manuals
1
Misc Item
MSR PackTowl Personal Face Towel
2
Misc Item
Shaklee Basic H2™ Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate
1
Misc Item
Some empty plastic bags, small or medium size
5
Misc Item
Tiny Plastic Clothes Pins
12
Misc Item
Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone Pack
1
Pack
Hexamid Twin Tent (with built-in Ground Cloth and built-in optional privacy door)
1
Shelter
REI SMC Sno-Tent Stake
1
Shelter
Check Off
Symbol/Note
61
Gear Description of Items in Pack (Last Updated: 7/8/2010)
Quantity
Category
Tent Sponge
1
Shelter
Titanium Goat carbon fiber tent stakes (plus nine 6” stakes)
9
Shelter
Montbell U.L.Comfort System Pad 150
1
Sleeping
Montbell UL Comfort System Pillow
1
Sleeping
Mountain Laurel Designs SuperLight Bivy
1
Sleeping
Western Mountaineering Summerlite Down Sleeping Bag
1
Sleeping
Aloksak with J&J First Aid Cream
1
Toiletry
Charmin® To Go Bathroom Tissue
1
Toiletry
Engo Blister Prevention Patches
8
Toiletry
First Aid Kit (Spenco 2 Skin, Gauge, Bandaids, Sewing Thread/Needle, Antiseptic Wipe for
Cuts, Pouch
1
Toiletry
Generic Travel Toothbrush
1
Toiletry
Hydropel Foot Ointment
1
Toiletry
Leukotape P Sportstape
1
Toiletry
Listerine PocketPaks Breath Strips
1
Toiletry
Omnifix Dressing Retention Tape
1
Toiletry
Qtips for cleaning ears
5
Toiletry
REI Tincture of Benzoin
1
Toiletry
Repel Soft Unscented Insect/Sun Block
1
Toiletry
1 Micron Polyester Filter Bag, 4"x8"
1
Water
Chlorine Dioxide Tablets, 30 tablet size packet
1
Water
Platypus 2+ [Liter] Water Bottle
3
Water
SteriPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier with 2 CR123A batteries
1
Water
nd
Check Off
Symbol/Note
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Gear Description For Wearing On Body
Gear Description For Wearing On Body (Last Updated: 7/8/2010)
Quantity
Category
Columbia Cool Creek™ Mesh Vest
Clothing
Columbia Silver Ridge™ Convertible Pant (Men)
Clothing
IbexWear Balance Briefs
Clothing
IbexWear Qu T Men’s Short Sleeve 17.5 Micron Merino Wool T-Shirt
Clothing
REI Sahara Cape Hat
Clothing
Warmers Solar Gloves – Unisex (fingerless)
Clothing
Apple Ipod Nano
Electronics
Brunton ADC Pro Weather Forecaster/Altimeter/Watch
Electronics
Casio Exilim Card Camera
Electronics
Garmin Foretex 101 GPS
Electronics
The Fenix LD01
Electronics
Injinji Crew Liner NuBamboo Toesock
Feet
Integral Designs eVent Shortie Gaiters Ultra-light gaiters
Feet
Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots – Men's.
Feet
Orange Superfeet Insoles for Maximum Hiking foot protection
Feet
Smartwool Crew Merino Wool Liner Sock
Feet
ACR WW-3 Emergency Whistle
Misc Item
Black Diamond Alpine CF Trekking Poles (Pair)
Misc Item
Case Logic Compact, Hardshell Digital Camera Case
Misc Item
Three 2 feet long glo-pink or glo-yellow or glo-orange (AKA fluorescent) flagging
Misc Item
Two Fisher Space Pen Stowaway
Misc Item
Check Off
Symbol/Note
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Gear Description For Wearing On Body (Last Updated: 7/8/2010)
Quantity
Category
Two MSR PackTowl Personal Face Towl
Misc Item
Wenger Pocket Tool Chest (Pocket Knife)
Misc Item
LypSyl LypMoisturizer
Toiletry
CamelBak Pakteen Hydration System
Water
Check Off
Symbol/Note
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Stream Crossing Shoes for 2011
Copyright 2010-2011, All Rights Reserved
Roleigh Martin
Last Updated: 4/23/2011 4:04 PM
Creek crossings on the John Muir Trail (JMT) and other hikes can vary significantly from year to year. In 2008, on the JMT, I only had to take my
shoes off once on the whole hike. In 2009, only twice. In 2010, about 12 times. Some are thinking 2011 will be closer to 2010 than 2009 or 2008
for JMT creek crossings. In the months of July and August, the worse creek crossing should only be mid-thigh high and that will be rare, with
mid-calf being more typical. The worst creeks and rivers on the John Muir Trail have very professionally made bridges.
The below is partially taken from my Gear List which is available in our JohnMuirTrail@YahooGroups Library. It covers most of the known
ultralight solutions for stream crossings aside from the Vibram Five Finger option. I tried them but could not get them to easily fit on my foot. I
returned them. Anything I have to struggle with for a long time, I am not interested in using.
My gear list is here in the Group Library:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/johnmuirtrail/files/Gear%20lists/
Hiking 2010 Gear List sorted.pdf
Roleigh Martin's Hiking 2010 Gear List
I used these SprintAquatics sandals in 2009 and they did work but you will get teased as if you are a
hospital patient. They do not dry out fast and its best if you have replacements available at your Muir Trail
Ranch supply – they are not the sturdiest. You do have to walk slow with them on because if you step on
something sharp, your feet will feel it. These are about .95 oz for the sandal (1.90 oz for the pair).
http://www.sprintaquatics.com/prodinfo.asp?number=901
I have tried these too, the Zinetic Pocket Slippers – from the web
Features: Lightweight Compact (Stow and Go); Nylon Carrying
included; Breathable fabric; “Barefoot Feel” with rubber sole
Great traction on slippery surfaces; Stretchy fabric allows for
over a range of foot sizes” I use a very big heavy duty rubber band to prevent slipper from slipping off
wading a stream. This page lists the variety of online dealers. Medium size weigh 6.9 oz (for the pair)
scale.
page:
pouch
protection;
comfort
while
on my
There is also the Vincere Grip/Boat Socks which are the blue items to the right and which weigh 3.0z for
oz apiece), Medium’s man’s size. http://tinyurl.com/yk4qvz3
a pair (1.5
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In 2010, I used these Vincere Socks and they were perfect for stream crossings. What I did not like about them is they did not dry completely by
the time I got to camp and wanted to use them for camp sandals. At camp, I was jealous of those who
had the hard plastic ones like Croc-knockoffs.
Another option is from http://gofastandlight.com which is their Ultralight Fuzzy Footie Camp Shoes
which weigh
4.4 oz for the pair. They have Non Skid Bottom
with rubber
grip dots for traction; Soft cotton footpad inside;
Fuzzy
Lycra/Polyester blend uppers and Stretch to fit a
range of sizes
and are inexpensive ($8). These are light but the
issue of fast
drying is a concern. They also look more for
ladies. For
that reason I have not used them on the trail.
The low cost
something sturdier, consider low cost
supportive of your feet for wading
one from Big 5 Sporting stores in
option is the Spring Aquatics but if you want
Croc knock-offs are lighter, cheaper and more
streams and being a camp shoe, such as the right
California in 2007 but not available online.
In the spring, Walgreen carries a similar
sandle. These
be obtained for about $10 and the weight
for a pair is
oz depending on the brand/size you buy. The info on the back of the Walgreen Sandals
“Caribbean Cartel By The Lost Pirates”, a trademark by Kong, Tian Kong, 20531
Belshaw Avenue, Carson, Ca 90746 and a size medium, man’s, is 9.2 oz for the pair. The
photo above on the left shows this sandal.
can
9-10
are
These at Waldies are nearly half the weight of your ordinary Crocs (4.2 oz per shoe, size large, men).
http://www.waldies.net/Waldies_AT_Clog_p/8450910.htm -- and yes, you read that right, by “AT”, it stands for AppalachianTrail. These are
targeted for A.T. hikers.
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If you get them just right in size, they fit snug. If you can't get them to fit snug, you can make them snugger by two techniques:
1.
Put your gaiter straps beneath the sandals while doing a stream. Another hiker did this with
great success.
2. Use extra large/thick rubber bands, one or two per sandal. Amazon shows these for example,
which I have and are the right size to wrap around the top of your foot and beneath the
sandal, you could use two bands per foot so that one is behind your ankle and in front of the
ankle. Made by Universal, Size 105. Part number 04105. ¼ pound for the whole box.
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The Crocs brand sandals weigh more. The model, the Cross Trail, have an adjustable strap
that clips/snaps on/off (like a pack belt). I bought these and although my hiking boot is a
size 10, I had to get these in a men’s size 8. An individual sandal weighs 7.3 oz. One
disadvantage of this sandal is that there is a leather “border” around the opening of the
sandal where your foot slips in. I sprayed the leather with Scotchguard Fabric and
Upholstery Protector to partially make it more waterproof. John Ladd on the
JohnMuirTrail@YahooGroups forum reports that he used these sandals and they worked
just great. They will fit snug as you
want them.
Crocs also have this sandal for hiking
too. The Trailbreak Sandal. Crocs
have these on sale at a $20 a pair
discount now. I have not tried these on nor weighed them.
Then there are the Water Trekking Sandals. On the JohnMuirTrail@YahooGroups, a Robert
Shattuck favors the Teva Fi 3 or the Teva Hurricane XLT. Looking at the Teva web site, I see
a newer, lighter water trekking sandal that looks very promising, the Teva Zilch (shown
below). Some web sites call the Zilch only a woman’s sandal, Teva shows them for both
sexes (individually), nor does one of their retailers, Austin Canoe and Kayak who has a
listing for these as a man’s sandal. They give a weight of 7 ounces, so this looks to be very competitive (lighter in fact) than the Crocs Cross Trail
sandal. A review here.
Last, there is the new movement of minimalist running footwear and perhaps the best
review of them for backpacking/crossing streams is over here at BackPackingLight.com.
"Minimalist Footwear for Summer Backpacking," by Damien and Renee Tougas.
BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgibin/backpackinglight/minimalist_footwear_summer_backpacking.html, 2011-03-29
00:10:00-06.
This is a very good article to read as not only do they review many minimalist footwear
items but they ascribe numeric scores to each of several attributes – at the article they
explain this chart they present.
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Going beyond these choices you’ll get into more weight but some members of the forum argue that these heavier ones can be backup hiking shoes
if your boot falls apart on the trail. Those heavier choices are not reviewed in this document.
If you have any foot item you want to propose, please email me at roleigh [at] pobox [dot] com.
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