What’s in my bag?
Ahh, the all important topic of what to pack. I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what they deem as a ‘necessity’ when out on the trail, for some it might be a ukulele, a pile of books, or camera gear. For me it’s the latter.
First things first, getting a good backpack is a key ingredient to enjoying your time out backpacking. My first bag was a cheap Alps Mountaineering bag that I used on my first 3 day hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail as well as a summer trip around western Europe. The Alps bag didn’t offer much hip support and left my shoulders aching from supporting all the weight..it makes for a long day.
My second and current bag is a Dueter 75 liter beast. This trusty friend has served me well on many trips ranging from a week long backcountry trek in Banff to a 6 week adventure through South America. The support and adjustability of the Dueter makes it quite comfortable while it’s also large enough to handle long hauls. If you’re in the market for a pack I’d highly recommend Dueter as an option to consider.
When a pack is pushing 55+ pounds at the beginning of a hike, you don’t want to add anything you don’t need. So for longer trips the food portions are carefully planned out so that no unnecessary weight or space is used up. And on the bright side, your load gets lighter as you eat more!
Depending on the length of the trip and the season, the gear I bring can vary quite a bit.
Multi Day Hike
- Sleeping Bags – North Face Blue Kazoo or Mountain Hardwear Lumina depending on temp
- Tent – REI half dome
- Stove – MSR Whisperlite Universal
- Camp fuel
- Sleeping Pad – REI Cirrus
- Pillow – Sea to Summit Aeros
- Camera Gear
- Map (digital and paper)
- Water filter – Sawyer Mini
- First aid kit
- Biodegradable TP
- Camp chair – optional
- Eno Hammock – optional
- Flask of Jamo – optional (but is it really?)
- 3 L Camelbak bladder
- Some clothes (appropriate layers and rain gear)
- Food (Cliff Bars, trail mix, Mountain House meals or homemade dehydrated meals, PB)
- Kenti backpack by Fstop Gear (Camera bag)
- Camera Gear
- Snacks (Clif Bars, trail mix, PB & honey sandwich)
- Appropriate layers for the day and rain gear
- Nikon D750
- Nikon 16-35mm
- Nikon 50mm
- Tamron 150-600mm
- Sirui 52″ tripod
- Circular Polarizer, ND filter, & Graduated ND filter
- Batteries & memory cards
If you guys are interested and want more details about a specific topic let me know! For instance if you want more info about some of the dry food that is packed or even recipes for homemade dry meals that I’ve tried I’ll do a write up on that. As always, leave some comments about the gear you guys use, questions about mine, and definitely recommendations!