Final PCT Kit

This is everything I wore and carried in the final days on the PCT. I’m surprised by how much there is. Yasmin carried most of the food, cups, spoons and matches, with her own camping gear, water and clothing. My gear list is as follows: 

  • Gossamer backpack
  • MSR Carbon Reflex 2 man tent
  • Bear canister
  • Water bottle
  • 2 season sleeping bag (needs a compression sack!)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest sleeping mat
  • Patagonia rain jacket, puffa jacket, fleece, base layer and pants
  • 2 sets of jogging shorts and t-shirts 
  • 1 Rohan underpants and long johns 
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 1 handkerchief and micro towel
  • Stove – 1 Trangia pot and lid with a gas can and burner
  • Katadyn water filter
  • Medical kit and toiletries – tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss, Teepee, mouth guard and Vaseline 
  • Maintenance bag – folding knife, sun cream, scissors, duct tape, rubber bands, flint and strike, spare reading glasses, sun glasses
  • A dry sack for clothes
  • A dry sack used as a ‘water bucket’
  • 2 water bags – of 2 and 4 litre capacity
  • A dry sack for valuables – passport, ESTA, hiker permit, fire permit, wallet, lighter, smart phone, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener and journal
  • 2 map cases and maps – one to hang around my neck, the other in my pack
  • Bear bell
  • Head torch
  • Reading glasses
  • Sun hat
  • Thermal hat
  • Gloves
  • Flip flops
  • Nike trainers (not in the picture)

If I were to do it again I would make the following changes:

  • Have a 3 season sleeping bag, not a 2, and with a good compression sack
  • Take a more minimalist tarp tent supported with walking sticks
  • Carry walking sticks
  • 2 pairs of socks only
  • Resupply the next set of paper maps with our food and not carry them in advance
  • Change the water filter to a Sawyer
  • Ditch the 2 litre water bag and carry just the 4 litre
  • Ditch the bear bell (we thought we needed them)
  • Ditch the Trangia pot and lid and basic gas ring and replace with a Jetboil system
  • Ditch the flip fops and replace with an Acrossports plastic slipper – lighter and easier to get on and off
  • Ditch the matches and rely on the lighter
  • Ditch the under pants and long johns – no need for them with a warmer bag
  • Ditch the second map case – no need for it with the new maps in the resupply boxes

When we finished we were carrying lots of warm weather gear including the extra layers and gloves we had to pickup on the way as the weather became increasingly colder and wintery. These clothes – the puffa jacket, base layer and long johns – we’d originally posted off the trail as we hit successive heatwaves heading south, only later to have them reposted out to us. This worked well and kept our load lighter for longer. Likewise with the bear canisters which we only needed as we headed into Yosemite and the Sierras. 

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