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Ultralight Thru-Hiking Gear List For Your Epic Backpacking Trips

Ultralight Thru-Hiking Gear List For Your Epic Backpacking Trips

Have a thru-hike or epic backpacking trip on the horizon but need more gear? Never fear! Before you go, you can look through my complete ultralight thru-hiking gear list.

Over the last 16 years and 19,000+ miles of thru-hiking and backpacking, I’ve used a lot of gear. This ultralight backpacking gear list covers everything in my backpack, from major gear like a tent to my iPhone charge cords.

You can use my thru-hiking gear list as a guideline to buy your gear or as a general packing list to ensure you have everything for your trip. The choice is yours.

Feel free to jump around to each gear category if you want a specific recommendation.

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Thru-hiking Gear List: What You Should Look For

A thru-hiking couple with their tent at sunset.
Sunset Camp Vibes

As you research backpacking gear…you’ll notice that everyone has strong opinions. 

And those opinions often get stronger when you get into specialized ultralight thru-hiking gear.

Why?  Thru-hikers use their gear more often than most backpackers.  That’s not to say that the gear isn’t interchangeable…just that thru-hikers have, on average, used that gear more days.

You should get a feel for the person who made the thru-hiking gear list.  Do you hike like them?  Are you a similar height/weight?  Do you know if they hike long days or get to camp early?

If you hike similarly to the person making the backpacking gear list, you’ll often like the recommendations better. For your reference, I’m a 5’2” female thru-hiker. I prefer to start with 15-18 mile days and gradually increase my mileage. My happy spot is usually 23-27 miles/day on a trail. On a route without a consistent trail, I average 15-20 miles per day.  Can I do 30s? Yes.  Do I love them?  Sometimes.

My Thru-Hiking Gear List After 19,000+ Miles

Below is my thru-hiking gear list at the CURRENT moment.  I will adjust this post when I switch gear. 

Over the last 16 years, I’ve used 12 different backpacks, 4 tents, 3 tarps, 4 types of sleeping pads, 5 different ways to treat water, and a litany of other gear items. 

I constantly try new backpacking gear.  Sometimes, it sticks, and sometimes, I go back to what worked before.

Backpack & Shelter

SMD Haven Tent in the desert with two backpacks: a Swift X and a Swift V.
SMD Haven Tent, Swift X, & Swift V

The backpack and shelter you choose are the two largest and most important items.  That’s why they’re at the top of my thru-hiking gear list.

I currently use the Six Moon Designs Swift X backpack and the Six Moon Designs Haven Tent.

Six Moon Designs Swift X. The flight harness shoulder strap setup drew me to the Swift X.  It resembles a running vest, taking advantage of valuable space on the shoulder straps.  I keep my phone, InReach, handkerchief, lip balm, and the day’s used snack wrappers in the shoulder straps.

The Swift X‘s light frame allows me to comfortably carry a 3-day or 7-day pack, large water carries, and camera gear. 

Six Moon Designs Haven Tent. My partner and I enjoy using the SMD Haven Tent for our two-person shelter. This tent is set up using trekking poles. We completely separate the tarp and bug net to divide the weight. It’s not the absolute lightest on the market. However, it suits our needs: we can sit up simultaneously, and the cost doesn’t break the bank. 

I particularly like the Haven when it’s raining.  We can throw our packs down where we want to camp, set the tarp up over them, jump under, and set up the bug net underneath! 

Sleep System

The inside of the SMD haven tent with two sleeping quilts omni taped together.
Inside of the Tent

After you pick your backpack and shelter, the next big thing to think about is your sleep system!  Your thru-hiking gear list should have 3 main items: a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag/quilt, and a sleeping bag liner (optional).

This has a few more elements to it, so here are the items I use:

  • Neoair Women’s Pad
  • Jacks’R’Better Sierra Sniveller (with couple’s addition – with omni tape…NOT THE SNAPS)
  • Sea to Summit Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Sleeping Pad.  While the ZRest closed-cell foam pads are easier, I don’t sleep well on them anymore. Also, I find them a bit wasteful because the foam deteriorates so easily, and you need to replace it. 

In contrast, the Neoair has continued for years. I always use the Neoair now, even in the desert. It does have several holes, but they’re nothing that some tenacious tape won’t fix.

Sleeping Quilt.  Karma and I each have a Sierra Sniveller with the couple’s edition from Jacks’R’Better.  We’re on our 3rd set after hiking together for 9 years.  This last time, it came with snaps instead of omni-tape, and we ended up ripping them out and adding on omni-tape.  They’re light and durable.

Sleeping Bag Liner. Some might ditch this for the weight, but a silk liner really protects your sleeping quilt or bag in the long run. Your body has a lot of oils, sunscreen, and dirt on it. If you use a liner, it gets into the liner instead of your bag, and you can wash it easily in town. Lastly, it’s perfect to have a “sheet” on those warm nights.

Cook System

Backcountry cook system with a stove, fuel canister, cook set, and bagels.
Nighttime Cooking!

There are two types of thru-hikers: cold soakers and those who like a hot meal at the end of the day.  I am the latter.  

Our cook system is a no-frills basic setup that works for two people.  For one person, all you need is a smaller version of the same pot! 

IMO, the longer you thru-hike, the more you want to add this to your thru-hiking gear list.

COOK SETUP

Stove. We use the Windmaster Soto stove and have put it through the wringer!  The first one, we got to the last 11 thru-hikes.  We have just replaced it this past year as it began to get a little finicky.

Pot. We use the Snowpeak Trek 1400 Titanium Cookset.  This size works great for 2 people.  It can hold 3 ramens for reference.  You can downsize for a one-person setup.  Titanium is where it’s at here for lightness!

Titanium Spoons.  Karma and I differ on which spoon is best here, and we’re both adamant that we’re right.  I prefer the regular Titanium Spork, and Karma prefers the Toaks Long-Handled Titanium Spoon.  Again, titanium for durability and lightness here.

Homemade DIY Pot Cozy. This is necessary if you use homemade dehydrated backpacking meals OR if you want to save money on fuel. I made ours out of Reflectix and duct tape. I generally replace this every 5,000 miles or so. 

Fuel Canister.  We prefer the 4 oz MSR Isobutane canisters.  However, we only make dehydrated meals with our cooking system, not coffee. 

OPTIONAL COOK SYSTEM ITEMS

Sea to Summit Dry Bag 20L. I use this dry bag as a food bag. However, in Grizzly areas, I would recommend using a Ursack.

Fuel Canister Transfer Device. **Optional.  We bring this now on popular long trails that run the risk of fuel selling out.  On shorter thru-hikes, we usually leave this in the van.

Water System

Your ultralight thru-hiking gear list MUST include a water system of some sort. Even if you’re trying to be as light as possible and camel up between each source, you’ll need something.

I use just a filter and “single”-use water bottles (that I use for a month or so).

Filter.  The Sawyer Squeeze is my favorite filter.  I’ve used it for 12 years (replacing it after every large thru-hike), and it works fantastically.  For thru-hiking…I do recommend the original model – not the mini.  The mini is great for overnighters and more occasional use.  However, for the amount of water you need on a thru-hike…get the original model. 

Water Bottles.  I like to make a smart water bottle my “dirty” bottle and then use life water bottles as my “clean” bottles.  Karma and I both like using a Tea Leaf bottle as our dedicated shake/drink mix bottle.  The exact number of bottles we pack depends on how large the water carries are on trail.

Quart Ziplock Bag. The #1 thing you need to know about the Sawyer Squeeze (original or mini) is that you CANNOT let it freeze.  We always carry a spare quart Ziplock to put the filters in overnight and keep them in our sleeping quilts.  EVERY NIGHT.  We’ve had some close calls with plunging nighttime temperatures.  When not in use, it holds caps with an “x” on them for the dirty water bottles in case we don’t want to filter everything.

Safety Items

Now, more than ever, there are a few pieces of safety equipment that make thru-hiking and backpacking more accessible. 

IMO, there are 2 safety items that should be on everyone’s ultralight thru-hiking gear list.  Honestly, the first one should definitely be on your list the more ultralight you go because often, the lighter you go, the more risk you take.

Garmin InReach.  The Garmin InReach has a hefty price tag, but is well worth it.  Once you buy the item, you’ll have three plan options: safety, recreation, and expedition.  My MAIN reason to have this is to keep our parents informed with preset messages at camp, be able to get a weather forecast without cell service, and send the odd mail drop message.  Therefore, I use the basic safety plan.  It also has a plan activation fee and an extra insurance fee (once/year).

Med Kit. This has a lot of weight wiggle room.  I keep ours in a single quart-sized Ziplock bag, and it includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, a few blister band-aids, a triangle bandage, my mini WFR book for reference, a pair of latex gloves, alcohol swabs, a few Q-Tips, 2 lidocaine patches, and a few gauze pads. The quantity will vary based on an issue popping up. 

Repair Kit. This lives inside the med kit. Our repair kit includes Tenacious Tape, 2 needles, and dental floss.

Clothing & Backpacking Layers

Clothing for thru-hiking and backpacking can be a very personal choice.  Since all bodies are different, you may find that some items are better for you than others.  However, no ultralight backpacking gear list would be complete without it. 

Since this category is larger, I’m splitting them into “worn” clothing and “packed clothing.” 

Below are the layers and clothing options that work for me.

WORN CLOTHING

Hooded Sun Shirt. I like the extra protection of a sun shirt with SPF 50.  The hood keeps the sun off my neck and allows me to use less sunscreen.  I’ve used several of these in the past.  I’m currently using the Women’s Stoic Sun Hoodie. Others include Black Diamond or Outdoor Research. I cut the bottom off to crop it.

Athletic Dress. This is tricky because most these days have built-in shorts, which is a no-go for backpacking.  I use either Mercari or ThredUp to find second-hand athletic dresses.  The ones I normally get are either Marmot or Prana. 

Spandex Pocket Shorts. I like my dresses short, and I sit on the ground, so I wear shorts underneath. I love the feel and quality of the Waterlust 4” shorts.  I’ve used one pair for my last three hikes (the CDT, GET, and DWTH), and they are STILL going.

ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Sport Underwear.  Not gonna lie, I pack 4 of these.  These ExOfficio underwear fits great and dries fast if you need to wash it in a sink.  I hike in 2 pairs worn on alternate days, sleep in 1 pair, and save one for town so I can wash the other 3 pairs. 

WORN FOOTWEAR

Darn Tough Socks.  Socks can make or break your hike.  I use the Darn Tough ¼ Cushion Socks.  My strategy here is to have 3 pairs; I hike in two on alternate days and dedicate one as sleep socks.  That way, if an emergency arises, the sleep socks can become hiking socks.

Teva Tirra Sandals.  I had trouble with footwear for the first few years that I hiked.  Then, in 2012, I switched to Teva Tirra Sandals, and my footwear problems disappeared.  They have great tread, some arch support (but not too much), 3 adjustable straps, and come in fun colors!  They last me 400-700 miles depending on the terrain and how heavy my food/water carries get.  Generally, 400 on off-trail desert routes and 600-700 on well-maintained trails with minimal water crossings.

WORN ACCESSORIES

Sunglasses.  Recently, I have been using Goodr Sunglasses.  They’re durable and relatively inexpensive.

Otto Trucker Hat.  I know these aren’t made the best, but they fit my head, are inexpensive, and come in great colors.  Usually, one lasts me the whole hike.  Sometimes, I get one from a local company; other times, I find a blank one and add a patch. 

PACKED CLOTHING (EXTRA LAYERS)
A thru-hiking couple in sitting in their bug net with backpacks and sleeping quilts in the foreground.

Leggings.  I aim for 6-7 ounces for a pair of hiking leggings.  These are actually worn often in the mornings until 10 a.m. when I switch to shorts.  If it’s very cold, they’re worn all day.

Melanzana Microgrid.  The Melanzana microgrid is my favorite hiking mid-layer.  It’s a versatile layer that fits well and is made to last.  Another option is a Sambob hoodie made out of the same microgrid material in Maine instead of Leadville. 

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Jacket.  This is a super light, durable puffy jacket.  I love the EE Torrid Jacket for that weather where it’s on the cusp of “Do I bring a puffy or not?”  It’s light enough you can easily add it to your thru-hiking gear list but warm enough to really help in a cold spell. 

Fleece Hat. You’ll want a warm, lightweight beanie.  I got mine in West Virginia at Maple Fest in 2009, and it’s still going.  Don’t be afraid to get your gram scale out for this one since you’ll usually only use it at night and in the mornings. 

Sleep Clothes.  Not gonna lie, I’m a big fan of having sleep clothes if I get super dirty during the day.  I bring either a second pair of lightweight shorts or leggings.  If the trail weather is on the warmer side…shorts; if it’s on the colder side…leggings.  I also bring a super light 3-ounce shirt.  I find my sleep clothes at thrift stores, but I make sure they can double as hiking clothes in an emergency. 

Extra Pairs of Socks & Underwear.  Above, I mentioned the extras. 

Rain Gear

A thru-hiker with all her rain gear on looking back at an incoming thunderstorm.
Umbrella for the Rain

Even if you hike in the desert, you should have some rain gear!  I’ve been caught in some gnarly storms in the desert.  Rain gear can fit into your ultralight backpacking gear list, but you should google the average weather on a trail beforehand.

If an area is known for rain, like the US East Coast (Appalachian Trail) or Scottland (Scottish National Trail), I recommend a 3-layer rain jacket.  It will come at a weight cost, but if you’re in a downpour…you’ll want that 3-layer jacket.

If you’re going to the desert, sometimes you can get away with a lighter 2 or 2.5-layer rain jacket.  It won’t be quite as waterproof, but you likely will depend on it less.

That being said, here’s my rain gear:

PURCHASED ITEMS

Rain Jacket.  I use a Marmot Starfire jacket from 2019.  It’s a 3-layer rain jacket (you’ll find this hidden in descriptions as 3L instead of 2.5L or 2L).  The closest equivalent on the market currently is this Patagonia Torrentshell 3L.

Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow Carbon Umbrella. Backpacking umbrellas like the Silver Shadow Carbon have changed my life in the backcountry for the better.  They keep the rain away from my face and the top of my pack dry.  I love my hiking umbrella. 

SMD Hands-Free Umbrella Kit. This small kit is a simple, easy way to attach your backpacking umbrella to your backpack shoulder strap.  I also only use half of this and the pocket on the Swift X as the second point of contact.  You could do the same with the cord on the bottom of the umbrella, as shown here.

DIY ITEMS

DIY Pack Cover. ** Optional. I make my own DIY pack covers out of Costco trash bags and duct tape. I prefer to sleep with my pack at my feet inside the tent, and for that to happen, the outside of the pack needs to stay dry.  This allows me to do that for a small weight.

DIY Rain Skirt. ** Optional in most summer climates and lower elevations.  I make my own rain skirt from a Costco trash bag.  I prefer it to rain pants because if it rips I can replace it easily AND it allows for more ventilation.   

⬇️ DIY Pack Cover & Rain Skirt Tutorials ⬇️

Electronics

Coros Apex 2 watch showing the end of a hiking day
End of a Short Day in the Desert

Another thing most thru-hiking gear lists leave off: the basic electronic needs of modern trails.

ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE CHARGED

Coros Apex 2 Watch.  I wear my Coros all day and all night while hiking.  It GPS tracks my hike and does all the fancy watch things.  Having almost every feature activated, it uses 42-50% battery per day of GPS tracking for 12-14 hours.  I charge it every night to be safe, but it doesn’t take much battery pack power.

iPhone 13 Pro. I use my iPhone as my primary camera at the moment for photos and reel videos.  It’s also necessary for GPS navigation apps like FarOut (on more popular trails).  I keep it in a Lifeproof Frē Case.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation Pro.  I switch between the AirPods Pro and the old, corded version.  The corded version takes less battery, but I don’t love having the charging cord spot exposed to the elements.  It’s a give-and-take.

Nitecore NB20000 Battery Pack.  This Nitecore 20K battery pack covers my electronic needs for about 6-7 days.  Although I heard (after) I bought it that two Nitecore 10K battery packs were lighter than this 20K.

Nitecore NU25 UL.  I’m so happy headlamps switched from 3 AAA batteries to rechargeable USB-C.  The Nitecore NU25 headlamp has a multitude of light options for all your needs from low light to high beam so you can search for a campsite.

CORDS AND BLOCK

Charging Block. I carry a block with two ports: one USB-A port and one USB-C port.  Karma carries a second block with 4 USB-A ports.

Charging Cords.  One of each of the following:

  • iPhone cord (for phone)
  • Coros watch cord (for watch)
  • AirPods cord (for AirPods)
  • USB-C to USB-A (for battery pack, headlamp, Garmin InReach)
  • Camera USB-C to USB-A (specifically for OM system, but can charge the other things immediately above afterward)

Camera Gear

** This section is OPTIONAL **

I chose OM System for my photography gear because it’s lighter than most equivalents on the market. Their gear also has great overall weatherproofing.

While it is lighter…it’s not exactly what you’d find on your average ultralight thru-hiking gear list.  You’re more likely to find camera gear like this on a more general backpacking gear list.

That being said, my primary TWO goals with this setup are to capture wildlife and astrophotography.  Those are the two things that I think phones still struggle with.  Phone cameras keep growing leaps and bounds, but these are still limited in these two fields.

Without further adieu…let’s nerd out on camera gear!

CAMERA BODY & LENSES

OM System Camera Body. I use the OMD EM-1 Mark iii camera body (you can often find them used here).  This is not the most current one, but I have to balance photography gear with the cost of thru-hiking.  My dream body of theirs is the OM-1 Mark ii.

For wildlife, this camera body has great AF tracking that helps track animals’ eyes as they move.  It’s incredibly helpful for trying to capture a fleeting moment in time.  I enjoy using Aperture Priority mode and adding Custom settings for certain lighting that I frequently encounter on trails.

The OMD EM-1 Mark iii is the first in this line to feature Starry Sky AutoFocus (AF). With that and the Live Composite option, I can take much clearer night sky and star trail photos.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5 – 6.3 IS Lens.  This 100-400 mm lens helps me take photos of wildlife at a safe distance. Its extra zoom power allows me to really get a good photo of a bear acting normally because it realizes I’m far enough away to not be a threat. It’s my go-to lens for wildlife.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2 Lens.  I love this 12mm lens for astrophotography. Its f2 aperture is a game changer when bringing out all the nighttime nuances. Its wide view allows me to easily set up fantastic shots of the tent while thru-hiking.

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

Protective Clear Protection Filter 72 mm. I added this protective filter to the 100-400 mm lens. It’s easier to replace this filter than the lens if it gets scratched.

Protective Clear Protection Filter 46 mm.  I added this protective filter to the 12 mm lens.  It’s easier to replace this filter than the lens if it gets scratched.

Apple Lightning to Camera SD Reader.  This is the easiest way to get photos off my camera and onto my phone during a thru-hike.  Without my normal laptop and external hard drive set up, I needed an extra backup of some of the best shots I get out there.  This adapter allows me to grab those bangers, put them in my phone library, and back them up to the cloud.

Extra SD Card. My Camera has dual SD card slots, but I always have a third on hand. I prefer the Sony Tough Cards for their faster read/write speeds, which allow me to take more photos faster during a quick wildlife encounter. The 300/299 read/write is wonderfully fast!

Joby Tripod Grip Tight One. I use this tripod to take photos and videos of both Karma and me during our hikes. It’s super light, and we can use it on the ground or from a tree. It will hold my camera with the 12mm on the ground or a solid surface. However, I would not hang my good camera from a tree with this version.  

CAMERA FRONT PACK

Chicken Tramper Custom Camera Case.  This CTUG purchase is a give-and-take item.  Will I continue to use it? Yes.  But, order with caution. 

I liked its construction, color customization, and overall ease of use. 

I disliked several things:

  1. I ordered it months in advance, but it didn’t arrive until a week before I finished the GET. Karma had to order materials hurriedly from Ripstop by the Roll and make me one three days before our hike. 
  2. Since they took longer than their expected time frame, I asked if they could send it to a different address because it would fall to our other resupply person…no response.
  3. For a custom case where I measured to 1/8 inch (for my camera body, my 40-150 OM System lens, and 2x Digital Extender), it came large enough to fit my 100-400 lens, which is ONE INCH bigger.  This worked out if I switched to the big lens.  However, not only is it 1 inch longer, it is 1 pound heavier. 

Misc. Thru-Hiking Gear List Items

Although these items don’t quite fit into a neat category on a thru-hiking gear list, that doesn’t mean they’re not necessary.

ORGANIZATIONAL GEAR & COMFORT ITEMS

Leki Trekking Poles. I’m a big fan of the Leki Jannu hiking poles.  The pair weighs 1 pound in total.  They’re lightweight poles that can catch falls without breaking. 

SMD Pack Liner. This pack liner weighs about the same as a trash bag, is reusable, and is durable.

SMD Packing Cubes. We use these packing cubes to stay organized. The large cube holds extra clothing. The medium cube holds the dirty socks and underwear inside the large cube. Personally, I use the small cube for my extra camera accessories.

Swiss Army Knife. This could go into cooking or medical.  The specific things you get in your Swiss Army Knife will vary based on your needs.  I make sure to get one with a knife, scissors, tweezers, and a can opener.  (The can opener is helpful because some super rural country stores have nothing plant-based except beans, corn, and yams…in cans.) 

Sit Pad. You can buy these pre-made, or if you have a zlite closed cell foam pad laying around, cut two panels off and then cut that in half perpendicular to the accordion.

TOILETRIES

Kula Cloth. I LOVE my Kula Cloth.  It helps me stay cleaner and is more sanitary than the old-school bandana method. 

Poop Kit.  I DIY make these poop kits from a Post Office flat rate Tyvek envelope (to hide what’s inside). Then, I put rolls of TP in a sandwich Ziplock and wet wipes in another.  The Tyvek bag also holds a double sandwich Ziplock for dirty TP, wet wipes, and a 1-ounce hand sanitizer.

Bamboo Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.  Brush your teeth…even on trail.  We use bamboo toothbrushes and saw the excess handle off. 

Hairbrush. I get one of the mini travel hairbrushes and break the handle off.  Done.

Sunscreen.  We use the Neutrogena Clear Face, oil-free, breakout-free, SPF 50.  When we can’t wash our faces as thoroughly as usual, this helps prevent breakouts.  Furthermore, we’ve found other sunscreens that get onto the plastic part of the phone’s camera protector, ruining photos.  This does that…less.

Thru-Hiking Gear List Items that Get MAIL DROPPED Back and Forth

Two thru-hikers in Yellowstone on the CDT with bug head nets on.
Bug Head Nets

Your thru-hiking gear list should also contain a few items that you need sometimes but not all the time

These items are often seasonal and meant to help with various weather problems, insect problems, or National Park regulations.

SEASONAL THRU-HIKING GEAR


Poogies. If temperatures are cold, especially in the mornings, poogies are AMAZING.  These ones are insulated, mitten-like, and open at the bottom to hold trekking poles.  They use magnets to shut around the pole and are basically like small sleeping bags for your hands!

Down Booties. My feet are cold at night.  I sleep in socks.  And if it’s even vaguely cold…these down booties are awesome inside my sleeping quilt.   

Bug Pants.  This is the single most game-changing piece of gear when you are dealing with mosquitos or black flies.  Yes, they look ridiculous.  However, they allow you to keep wearing shorts (or a dress) for airflow AND not get bit by insects!

Bug Head Net.  I don’t love wearing an insect head net, but I dislike getting bit by mosquitos more than I dislike wearing it.  Pro-tip: any type of brimmed hat is key to keep the netting off of your face.

Insect Repellent. If you need the bug pants and head net, you likely also want some insect repellent.  Sometimes, I take whatever I can get in the town that I need it in.  But, if I have a choice, I use this Sawyer Insect Repellent.

Sawyer Fabric Permethrin Spray.  I use this Sawyer product before I thru-hike in tick areas.  It really helps repel the tiny buggers, especially when applied to socks and footwear!  I never pack this out, but it’s on hand before a hike and for mail-drop purposes. 

NATIONAL PARK REQUIREMENTS (SOMETIMES)

Bear Canister.  Sometimes, your thru-hike will go through a National Park and you have to carry a bear canister.  I have had a bear vault for over a decade, and it’s still going.  Do I send it away as soon as I don’t need it?  Yes.  However, I use it for a seat, cooler, clothes washer, and food storage when I must have one.  The BV-500 is great for 1-person carrying 5-8 days of food (like the Sierras on the PCT or the PNT through Olympic National Park). It also works for 2 people for 3-4 days of food. Solo hikers only out for 3-4 days can usually use the BV-450.

Final Thoughts

Pheeeeew! There’s a lot more that goes onto an ultralight thru-hiking gear list than most people think. 

However, the smaller items add up fast, so be careful there and modify this list to suit your needs.  You don’t need the camera gear that I have, but it’s what makes me happy on trail…so I bring it. 

Remember: once you buy the gear…it’s yours. You can modify it however you want, such as cutting a strap or sewing something useful onto it.  Make it work better for you. 

Drop any questions in the comments.

Happy Trails!!!

Deb

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

This is truly awesome. We don't hike like you two, but we do hike some and certainly cycle a lot. I have a gear list that I've updated through the years. Looking at your extensive list has given me some "food for thought" about what I carry. Thanks, Veggie!!! And happy trails!

mandyredpath

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

Thank you, Deb! Sometimes it helps to look at what others carry to look at what you carry from another perspective. Cycling is more similar to hiking than many think. The more items you have on your bike, the more your legs are pushing! I hope you have some great summer rides this year!!

Leslie

Thursday 6th of June 2024

Super blog! I love that you mention Sambob.biz for the Alpha Direct hoodie. He is so creative! Worth mentioning is that for those who sew, you can make your own Alpha Direct hoodie using the LearnMGOG.com pattern (he's a crafty guy with some great MYOG patterns) and the fabric is available from DiscoveryFabrics.com Thanks for the great read!

mandyredpath

Sunday 9th of June 2024

@Leslie, Thanks for reading and for adding that FANTASTIC resource! I just looked through his website and it looks like a treasure trove of great ideas. Karma is definitely the sewer between the two of us and has the patience to see the potential in fabrics. I have yet to get a Sambob.biz hoodie, but from what I’ve heard, they are great quality and rival Melanzana (especially with the frustrating appointment system).