PCT – Packing List: Throwback Travel Journal

Hikers load up on supplies at Kennedy Meadows to head into the higher mountain passes. Once down the other side, unloading and re-packing again is common. CD was kind enough to record his supply list from his stop at Pooh Corner, Donner Summit, north of Lake Tahoe.

Here is the list!

Backpack: Granite Gear Ozone (please remember this was 2004). It weighed 3 lbs, as compared to the 2 lbs packs that most people carried. The weight was a trade off for having a frame and increased comfort.

Sleeping bag: EMS Mountain Light 20 degree bag, down. 2 lbs.

Bag liner: Coolmax, 9 oz. A 6-7 oz silk liner was more common among the group

Z-rest full length: Most hikers used 3/4 lengths but for the couple of extra ounces CD chose warm and comfortable feet

Evernew Titanium pot, 1.3 L: The trail standard in 2004

Stove

3 pair of socks: CD alternated between 2 different pair of bike socks while hiking and had a separate pair of camp socks. He insists on separate sleeping socks when we camp as well and it really is much better!

Wind shirt: Marmot DriClime

Rain jacket: Marmot PreCip

Convertible pants: Mountain Hardware. CD still has these. The shorts faded so much that when he puts the pieces together it looks like he is wearing shorts over different pants.

Tee shirt: Techwick

Hat: fleece

Gloves

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

AquaMira water treatment

Chapstick

Burt’s Bees Res-Q ointment

Picture of family

Permit

Safety Pins

Needle and thread: He had recently used to fix his pack after he fell off the trail while looking through his camera

Compass: CD said he never used it but felt it was important to have handy

Headlamp

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Spoon and fork: Apparently most people didn’t carry a fork but CD found it helpful for hard ice cream. Was this before the invention of the spork?

Tyvek: ground cloth, 5 oz

Tarp Tent: two person model. Floorless, ~2 lbs.

A Book: People’s History of the US, by Howard Zinn: broken into sections and mailed along in bounce boxes

Teachings of the Buddha, pocket guide

Trail Guide: broken into sections and mailed along but CD wrote that he often ended up with the wrong section. “I accidentally sent the Echo Resort to I-80 section to Pooh corner” … and so on.

Data book: The quick reference guide, broken into sections

Bug repellent. This was a new addition to the pack

Ursack Bear Bag: replaced bear canister at this point and was mainly for keeping out rodents. 9 oz.

Dromlite 6 liter water bag: overkill size wise here but was needed in the desert.

Nalgene: 16 oz. Mostly for dipping water and mixing drinks

Gauze, duct tape, hand trowel (for digging holes to use the restroom), hand sanitizer, ibuprofen.

Camp Sandals: 3 oz


Things that were left or replaced at this point on the trail:

Bear Canister (replaced with Ursack Bear Bag). Chaco sandals (they needed to be re-soled). Heavy long underwear. Ice axe. Crampons.

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