Gear List

KS Ultralight 40L pack with trash bag liner 

Zpacks Solplex Tent
ThermaRest Z-Lite Sol foam pad
Katabatic Sawatch 15F Quilt
Sea to Summit compression sack (for quilt)

Sea to Summit Alpha Lite Long handled spoon
Plastic gelato screw-top container (Salted Caramel flavour :D)
Swiss Army Knife
Sawyer Squeeze filter
Sea to Summit Ultra Sil stuffsack fd
SmartWater bottles as needed

Altra Superior trail runners (estimate 4 pairs)
Darn Tough micro crew light cushion socks
Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Shirt
Oiselle distance shorts
Patagonia barely sportsbra
Baseball cap

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer puffy
Outdoor Research Helium II jacket
Patagonia Houdini wind jacket
SmartWool 250 baselayer top
SmartWool 250 baselayer bottoms
Spar pair Darn Tough socks
Light gloves
Wool toque
Teva flip flops

iPhone 8
Black Diamond Spot headlamp
Anker 10000 powerbank
Wall charger and cord

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
Wallet: Passport, permits, cash and card
Hygiene kit: tiny brush, hand sani, elastics, toothbrush and paste, trowel
Repair/safety kit: Duct tape, gear patches, safety pins, bandaids,

Sierra section only:
Bearikade Weekender Bear Canister
MSR Pocket Rocket 2 + Fuel Canister + Lighter
SnowPeak Mini Titanium Pot
Patagonia Houdini wind pants
Bug headnet


PACK: Loved the ULA Circuit last year, but my base weight is much lower this year and the full frame pack is overkill. I found after the Sierra, I has no need for most of the space that the Circuit offered. When looking for a new pack I was torn between the Z-Packs Arc Blast or the MLD Prophet ... I came across the KS 40L when it was mentioned as a hybrid of the two. It had tons of customizable options and also includes removable external stays to be added in the Sierra if I'd like the extra support for the heavier gear load. If I find I don't like the KS 40L on trail I'll switch back to the Circuit with no regrets. Saved: 24 oz

BAG: Last year's Katabatic Palisade 30F bag was slightly too cold for me some nights, so I'm going a little warmer with the 15F Sawatch. Katabatic is pricey but the quality is leagues ahead of any other quilt on the market. (plz sponser me.) Gained: 7 oz

TENT: Swapped the free standing, double-walled Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 for the single walled, all-in-one Z-Packs Solplex. Upsides: the Solplex is lighter. Downsides: single wall means no star gazing whenever the tent is set up. I'm very curious to see which I'll prefer on trail. Saved: 10 oz

POLES: Ditched the too lightweight Lt4S Gossamer Gear poles for the sturdier Black Diamond Trail poles. Gained: 8 oz

RAIN JACKET: Swapped out the heavier Outdoor Research Aspire jacket for the OR Helium II. The Aspire was almost a pound and I used it all of three times last year so it seems silly to carry such a heavy one again. Saved: 8 oz

COOK SYSTEM: For the desert, I'm planning to go no-cook this year and just cold soak. I know myself well enough to say that I cannot make it through the Sierra section without the ritual and comfort of a hot meal after a long day of elevation change, so I'll be picking up my stove and pot at Kennedy Meadows. I have a feeling that I might get hooked back on cooking and bring the cook system all the way to Canada, but that remains to be seen. Saved: 18.9 oz (with fuel and lighter weight)

CAMP SHOES: I love being able to take off my smelly/wet/dirty trail runners and wear my sandals around camp and in town. I picked up comfy flip flops last year in Mammoth and they're coming again this year. Camp shoes are well worth their weight, fight me.
Gained: 4 oz

2017 Gear List and Review