Equipment for the Journey


Some backpackers are total gear-heads. They want the top-of-the-line, latest, most innovative equipment available. Until recently I hiked with an old, battered, clunky external frame and refused to carry a smartphone in the woods. I’ll take a $2 poncho over a $20 dollar pack cover any day. I don’t obsess over equipment. I am hardly a luddite or a miser. That said, taking the right gear is vital to a safe and enjoyable trip. The right gear varies for each individual.

For the curious, below is a comprehensive list and perhaps a dull description of the equipment we are to bring along. This list is sure to change as the trip progresses.

Matthew’s gear:

  • 1 backpack ((Deuter brand) All right, I’m already being a hypocrite. I upgraded my external frame a year ago to this internal frame bag. It sits more comfortably than my old Kelty although I argue it is far less accessible. I could retrieve water bottles and maps without taking my Kelty off, unlike the Deuter. That is until I modified it by adding a small mesh pouch to the hip belt.)
  • 1 two-person tent
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 pair of trekking poles (think collapsible ski poles)
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • 1 $20 pack cover (hypocrite x2! I got it for free!)
  • 1 headlamp
  • 1 water-filter
  • 1 three-liter water bladder
  • 1 single-liter water bottle
  • 1 backup water bladder (I get thirsty)
  • 1 food bag
  • 1 Tupperware container w/ spork (serves as a cup/bowl/plate)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 3 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 t-shirt (synthetic)
  • 1 t-shirt (cotton)
  • 1 windbreaker/outershell
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 wool cap
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • trowel
  • bathroom kit
  • bundle of cord
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • notebook
  • 2 pens
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 novel
  • 1 ipod (This little piece of technology is controversial for us. We will address it in a later post) w/ earbuds

Lisa’s gear is mostly identical to what’s listed above save for a few notable exceptions.

  • 1 Osprey brand backpack
  • 1 smartphone w/ earbuds
  • 1 pair of trailrunners (Heavy duty shoes lighter than boots but less durable)
  • 1 pair of foot inserts. (If this was 1941 Lisa wouldn’t be allowed in the Army)
  • 1 med kit
  • 1 pair of long pants/shorts with dettachable leggings
  • 2 bandanas
  • 1 winter jacket (as opposed to my windbreaker.)

Also, FOOD:


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