As you can imagine thru-hiking the PCT requires some special gear. Most of it is very similar to the typical hiking and camping gear but with a large emphasis on being light weight and multi functional. Remembering that you will have to carry everything you need including food and water for 20+ miles a day. These two requirements help keep your pack weight to a minimum as well as provide you with clothing and equipment options to be comfortable and safe whether it’s 100 degrees in the desert or snowing in the mountains. Seeing what other people have carried with them has been a big help and I recommend checking out the gear list posted here.

As a Co-Hiker you wont need to carry everything that I am. We will be able to share some of the gear such as the stove and water filter but you will need most of the gear I have listed but customized to fit yourself. I realize that trying to figure out all the gear one needs can seem a bit overwhelming, or at least it did at first for me, so I will definitely help you all figure out what gear you will need.  

Below is the final version of my gear list. I removed a bit from my original list and right know before food and water is added my pack weighs about 30 lbs. It will be interesting to see how  what makes the cut and how much my pack weighs after 2665 miles.


  • Gregory 65 backpack
  • Backpack rain cover
  • 1 person ultra light tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Inflatable sleeping pad
  • 3L water bladder
  • 1L water bottle
  • Water filter
  • Iodine tabs (backup water purifier)
  • Lighter
  • Jet boil
  • Fuel canister (replaced as needed)
  • Camping spork
  • Bowl
  • Coffee cup
  • Food sack
  • Bear Canister (carried only when required)
  • Misc stuff/dry sacks
  • Misc Ziplock bags
  • Hiking pole with self arrest adaptor
  • 50ft para cord
  • 20ft webbing
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Multi tool
  • Compass
  • Guide books
  • Maps
  • Pack towel
  • Head light
  • Watch


  • 2 pair shirt 2 ply synthetic socks
  • 2 pair tall wool socks
  • 2 pair quick dry underwear
  • 2 pair pants (1 convert able to shorts)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 2 quick dry T-shirts
  • 1 ultra light wicking long sleeve shirt
  • 1 wool long sleeve hooded shirt
  • 1 pair wool long underwear bottoms
  • 1 ultra light long sleeve insulating jacket
  • 1 pair trail runners (replaced every 500 miles)
  • 1 pair ultra light gaiters
  • 1 pair light gloves
  • 1 Rain jacket
  • 1 Pair rain pants
  •  1 Wide brimmed sun hat
  • Neck gaiter (doubles as hat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Mosquito head net


***Small amounts replenished along the way***

  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth powder (tooth past in powder form)
  • Skin glide
  • Floss SPF Chapstick 
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Small roll TP
  • Baby wipes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol
  • Anti- diarrhea medication


  • Cell phone, cord and wall charger
  • Solar charger
  • GoPro and accessories 
  • Air stash
  • Micro SD cards
  • Pencil, Pen
  • Kindle
  • Journal
  • Headphones 
  • Passport
  • California fire permit
  • Canada entry permit
  • PCT long distant permit
  • Wallet / ID

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