planning

for the

TRAIL

 SUMMER 2019

 

gear

you need

21oz (595 g) / 55 L

Pros: This pack is ULTRA LIGHT! I had him add a front zipper and some extra straps to the bottom and sides. The waist-belt and all parts are customizable which is AWESOME. I'm tall and skinny, and wanted a pack that was built to my frame!

Cons: The frame is super fragile (hence ultra light). Halfway through NZ it broke and I had to have it rebuilt from other materials. I fixed it for the PCT and it worked great. (New frame added 9oz of weight).

Bottom Line: If you can splurge, this pack is worth it. I only patched the bottom where the pack was on the ground, but had no other tears on my trek!!!

18.7oz (531g) / 20 degrees

THIS BAG IS MY FAVORITE BAG I HAVE EVER OWNED!

Pros: It's lightweight, durable, fluffy, and mega warm. I never needed anything else for warmth. It's super packable and comes in it's own dry bag. You can order a customized length which is ahhh-mazing!

Cons: There aren't any.

Bottom Line: Everyone has a bag they swear by, and this is mine. I used a liner just to keep this bag nice and it's still as good as new (after a couple washings of course).

1lb 11oz (765g) / 86"x38"x38"

Pros: Easy set up/take down. Lightweight, great ventilation, and roomy to fit all my gear into.

Cons: Poles dont stand much of a chance in wind.

Bottom Line: I loved having my tent. It was easy and great to escape the misquitoes in California, and a great relief when the weather was bad. Pick something lightweight for your trek.

300 grams (26mm x 18mm (8mm drop))

Pros: They work for MY feet. They have a wider toe, they adjust magically, and they are light weight.

Cons: If the "laces" break, its super hard to fix. No ankle support if that is what you are looking for.

Bottom Line: Shoes work for different people, and MOST people go through 4-6 pairs of shoes on the trail. INVEST in your feet. Thats what is getting you to the finish line. Get nice insoles, make sure they work for you. ALL shoes will rub during the first couple of weeks...and if you are replacing them 4-5 times, thats a lot of rubbing.

0.7 oz / 65-g Plumafill

Pros: Ultralight, mega warm, super packable, hood is great in windy weather and protection, makes an amazing pillow.

Cons: None

Bottom Line: Have a puffy or insulated jacket. It's lightweight, and you will use it past this one trip. I have had mine for many years and it's going strong!

VLT 12%

Pros: The perfect sunglasses for sun protection, weather protection, and multiple activities. I use them ski mountaineering and long thru-treks.

Cons: Bending ear frames...I had a hard time adjusting this perfectly to my face.

Bottom Line: Sunglasses are a must, and these cover all my bases in what I want.

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five

months

of food

I found an awesome blog from a girl that legit detailed every food item she brought. I am planning my hike based on my own experience, but I found her breakdown incredibly helpful...so I am posting it below. Clicking any graph will take you to her blog.

 

Navigate

the

trail

Paper maps, trail notes, GPS data, Phone Apps and Google Earth files are incredible helpful when planning the route you are taking, understanding the terrain and the gear you need, and being safe. The best maps I have used for planning this adventure are below:

 

PERMITS

to get

There are several permits for the PCT that each hiker needs to get, and they vary depending on the route you take. The 4 most common permits you need for the entire hike are:

California requires every hiker to have a fire permit, and yes, this includes a camping stove! 

If you are entering into Canada, even for the final steps, you need this permit!

The PCT Long Distance permit doesn't cover camping in this area, so make sure you get this permit so you don't have to detour around this beautiful section!

If you are hiking 500+ miles, this permit has you mostly covered.