Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gear List

I'm ready to hit the road. I'll be out of Albuquerque tomorrow afternoon and should be in Colorado by Monday evening. North to Alaska!
42 Liters/26 Pounds
Here's a breakdown of my gear.

Deuter futura Pro 42

Flash 19 pack (day pack and stuff sack).

Clothing (all chosen to be quick drying and light):
3 Pairs of Smartwool running socks.
3 Pairs of ExOfficio underwear (I haven't used these before, but they have excellent reviews online.)
2 Pairs of pants, one nicer, one convertible.
2 Thin T-shirts.
1 Long sleeve button down travel shirt.
1 Short sleeve button down travel shirt.
1 Pair of swimming trunks
1 North Face flight series half zip fleece.
1 Taku Jacket (The best jacket I have ever owned).
1 Pair Taku pants (I really dislike rain pants, but I'm giving these a shot based on the jacket).
1 Pair Five-Finger shoes (for hiking in water and questionable showers)
1 Pair North Face Hedgehog III shoes

Sleeping (mostly planning on hostel like places, but I want the option to camp):
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir pad (about half the size of my old Therm-a-Rest but same weight).
Mountain Hardware Phantom 45 deg bag.
Sea to Summit Reactor sleeping bag liner (I treated this with bug repellent for the interesting hostels)
REI minimalist bivy sack.
Inflatable neck pillow (A bit of a luxury, but I don't know any chiropractors along the way).

2 32 oz Nalgene Cantene (these fit in the side pockets of my bag).
1 2 liter Platypus water bag (for longer treks).
Steripen Freedom (Sorry Ioana I really like not needing batteries).
Half liter Nalgene bottle (for treatment).

Electronics (with required chargers):
Macbook Air.
iPhone 4S.
Pair of ear buds.
Pentax Optio W90 (completely water proof to 10m).
Universal adapter (smaller than a converter and everything I have can run on 220).

Tooth brush with half the handle removed.
1 oz tube of tooth paste.
2 oz camp soap (Supposed to work for clothes and self, I'm a little skeptical, but trying it anyway).
2 oz Sunscreen.
2 oz Aloe Vera (in case I forget to put on the sun screen).
2 oz of 20% DEET repellent.

Mach 3 Razor (Probably just replace it with disposable when I run out of blades).
Nail clippers.
Towel ("about the most massively useful thing an intersteller hitchhiker can have"- Douglas Adams).
Micro wash cloth.
Braided bungee clothes line.
Dry bag (for the Macbook).
Pocket Knife (I'll leave this behind when I start flying if I do want carryon only).
Minimalist can opener.
Package of tissue.
Therm-a-Rest repair kit.
A pen (for filling out entrance declarations).

I think that's everything. I forgot to include the clothes I was wearing the first time I weighed it so I'm a little higher now. I have no idea how it all fits into that pack. If it's too much trouble packing it exactly right every time I'll get a slightly bigger pack in AK and try not to expand my gear list. If I find myself freezing on the way north, I may have to get a bigger pack so I can include a base layer. Why didn't I think to include camping in the rockies as part of every test plan when I was working?


  1. I never had any trouble finding Mach3 blades, except for some places in New Zealand. Might just stick with that.

    Before I left I ended up finding a plastic Mach3 handle that was much lighter than the steel/chrome one that I was using- saved an ounce or two.

  2. You could still cut the aloe (if you use the sunscreen, it's unnecessary), the nail clippers (you come with a built-in pair, and toenails can be picked off with fingernails), and the wash cloth (you can use a corner of the towel, or hands work fine in a pinch).

    Have fun on your trek north!

  3. Thanks Lee, that's good to know. I have a plastic handle on mine too.

    Ginny, I've proven to myself the Aloe is needed on a lot of short trips. And the the clippers and wash clothe a really small and make life simpler.

  4. Dominic, I totally understand the battery issue with the MIOX pen. It would last you one year at least if you use it every day, but as a matter of priniciple you are right that it was a big probelm with the MIOX pen which really had to be resolved if they want to sell a lot more of those to the public...Be safe. Danielle and I will be marking your track on the map soon and send a picture.