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[pct-l] Best PCT Packs and a great ultralight weg page
First , I would advise anyone looking to do the PCT Ultralight style to
checkout Lightbolt's Web page. He has all his gear used last year listed. (
Plus some good stuff on his previous trips) Next , gear for normal hikers.
Packs, Arc Terx and Mountainsmith are tops. Rule of thumb is find a pack that
weighs about 1 lb. for each 1,000 ci of space. Myself, a pack in the 4,000ci
range would be great. ( Of course a Golight "Breeze" is can hold over
4,000ci's and weighs 11oz.s , which has been used of the PCT by a number of
hikers) Sleeping Bags?? I prefer down in store bought type. Something in the
20 degree range from Feathered Friends or Western Mountaineering are hard to
beat!! ( Or a homemade sleeping sleeping quilt if you can sew). Raingear?
Poncho's are great( Checkout Roy Robinson's combo tent/poncho) or Frogg
Toggs. ( Homemade 1.1oz. coats are great if you sew) I just bought a Frogg
Togg " Look Alike" called O 2 Rainwear. It is made of 3M Propore Fabric made
100% of Polyproylene. On two day hikes , it has worked great in hard rain
with no leaks and is breathable. ( Cost is 25.00 and weight is 7 ozs.)
Boots/shoes?? I advise New Balance. Look at the 804's and a few of their
other models. ( They come in several widths) Stoves/cooking?? Of course
Alcohol/Gas tank dryer homemade stoves. Carry a few Esbit for backup. Socks??
Smartwool seem to be by far the most popular. ( Your choice of weights)
Sl;eeping pads?? Forget any heavy self-inflators!!! Ridgerest and Z-rest
rule!! Most hiker's opt. for 3/4 length, but I like full length. Other
stuff?? You will need to carry 8 liters of water in the desert( though some
opt to carry only 6 ) Use platapus bags or Wine box bladders which are
reflectorized silver, very tough and hold 4 liters. Cost is none if you have
drunks for friends!!! Snow stuff?? Yes you will need an Ice axe and smarts
to use it. I prefer a long enough model to use as a walking stick with a
basket. I also STRONGLY advice taking Stubi Alum. crampons which are made to
use with running shoes. These are not the lame instep crampons hikers have
used in the past! Weight is under 1 lb. Use lowtop gaiters as well. The last
few years maybe setting future hikers up for a surprise as far as Sierra
weather goes. Last year hikers got as few as 10 wet days on their whole trip
and the Sierras have been a skip in the park the lately. Praise for Sun ,but
prepare for snow on your Sierra Section. Oh ya, treking poles save knees,
help you cross creeks and make great tent poles. I like Black Diamond !!
Cheaper than most ,but have a bomb proof adjustment cam. Maybe a tad heavier
than some .