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What Jordan Packed for his PCT Thru-Hike

Ah, the life of a PCT thru-hiker. Carrying all your worldly possessions on your back day in and day out, not unlike a turtle. Since I’ve done this thru-hiking thing a time or three, I have a pretty good grasp on what exactly I need, and don’t carry an ounce more. This time, I have the added bonus of also carrying my mobile office as I work feverishly to update the Wilderness Press Pacific Crest Trail guidebooks.

In case you are interested in the gear I use and carry, here’s an abbreviated list.


Osprey Exos 48 backpack
Feathered Friends 20-degree sleeping bag
Mountain Laurel Designs Solomid shelter
MSR tiny stove
Snow Peak Solo cook pot and mug
Long handled Lexan spoon
Icebreaker wool next to my skin from legs to head
Granite Gear bags for anything loose
REI Carbon poles
Merrell Moab Ventilator shoes
Darn Tough Socks
Ex Officio Bug Off shirt
Garmin Oregon 650t GPS
SPOT Connect
Goal Zero Nomad solar charger
Thermarest 3/4 z-rest pad
Platypus Gravity Works water filter
Platypus hydration bag and canteens
Patagonia Down Sweater
Icebreaker hooded mid-layer
Anti-Gravity Gear Rain parka and pants

OK – skipping the abbreviated part, I carry lots of other accessories:

Cell phone (who wouldn’t ?), compass, Sony voice recorder, maps, pages from the previous edition of the Pacific Crest Trail guidebooks, town guide pages, first-aid kit, extra lithium batteries, cables, charger, Black Diamond Headlamp, glasses, personal hygiene items, spare socks, spare shirt, spare shorts, but no spare change.

That’s about the gist of it. When I return I will gladly share the entire list with weights and exact names.

#LivethePCT, Jordan Summers, Pacific Crest Trail guide, Wilderness Press, thru-hiking, best bevy spot PCT

The often-spotted PCT turtle with his home on his back

Jordan Summers
summerstrails.elkgrove@gmail.com
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