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.



  • 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.
  • Sea-to-Summit Ether Light XT Insulated mattress.
  • 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.

Water treatment

  • 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.

Updated Aug 2019

All products were purchased with my own money.  I have no material connection with any companies, products or services mentioned in this post.

2 Responses to Gear

    • michaelr42 says:

      I don’t know. It still needs periodic backflushing and I’m not sure how you would do that since you have no supply of clean water. It also must still be protected from freezing. Definitely smaller and lighter than most other filters. I know a couple people with the Squeeze (same filter media) and they get along fine with it.

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