The beginnings of a list of my backpacking/camping gear. Will eventually expand to include specs and commentary. I have no material connection with any of these companies.
- Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1. A very roomy 1 person tent and relatively light at about 3 lbs. This has been my only backpacking tent since Jan ’12 and has survived 60+ trips with no broken zippers, tears, etc.
- Marmot Earlylight 2P. My first tent and a very poor choice for backpacking at 6 lbs. Used only for car-camping now.
- ZPacks – 10 degree quilt/bag
- Western Mountaineering – Caribou MF bag (35 degree). A few ounces lighter than the ZPacks. I use it when temps are warm enough.
- Cocoon silk bag liner. Keeps much of the body oils and dirt off the bag.
- Therm-a-Rest NeoAir (small). Light and comfortable. This is used for most backpacking trips, with the emptied backpack under my lower legs.
- Exped Downmat Winterlight mattress. Used for cold weather (<25F) backpacking trips.
- Mountain Hardwear – Switch 20 sleeping bag. Used only for car camping now.
- Therm-a-Rest NeoAir (large). Used only for car camping now.
- Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOlite. Formerly used under the large NeoAir for very cold backpacking trips. Now used only for car camping.
- GoLite Jam 70. My size large pack weighs 1.033 Kg. This is my main pack.
- Osprey Aether 85. Not as heavy as you might expect (5 lbs). Used only for Rocky Mountain trips now, where I must carry a bear canister.
- Kelty Redwing 3100 (51L). My first pack. Used for day hiking and trail work. I’ll probably never get my stuff shrunk down enough to use this for backpacking.
- Super Cat alcohol stove. The main stove. Small, light, easy, but don’t spill it!
- Jetboil Flash. Used mostly for car camping now.
- GSI Minimalist cook set.
- SteriPen Journey. The primary defense.
- Katadyn MicroPur MP1 tablets. Secondary defense.
- MSR MiniWorks filter. No longer used – too heavy and bulky. I suppose I might still take it if I knew I would be in an area with rather silty or gross-looking water.
- ACR ResQLink PLB
- BearVault 500 food canister. Doubles as a camp seat. Screw the lid down all the way before sitting on it or you’ll jam the threads!
- BearVault 450 food canister. A mistake. 66% of the capacity but still 88% of the weight of the BV500.
- Therm-A-Rest Z Seat. Great to sit on in camp, or while taking a break on the trail.
- Motorola MR350 2-way FRS/GPRS radio (with NOAA weather channels).
- Spovan Elementum II Altimeter/Barometer/Compass/Timer. Hangs from a belt loop rather than worn on the wrist.
- Garmin eTrex 20 GPS receiver.
All products were purchased with my own money. I have no material connection with any companies, products or services mentioned in this post.