My Backpacking Gear

Posted on 14 Aug 2022 by Steve Markham

The young men are planning a 50-miler at the end of the month, so I guess it’s time to finally post the pictures of my backpacking gear. I took these in June before the Uintas trip, but never got around to making the post.

This is pretty much everything I ever take, besides food
This is pretty much everything I ever take, besides food

Let’s break it down, though. Left to right, top to bottom:

Pack with rain cover; trekking poles' hammock straps, hammock, rain fly, pillow, pillow case, sleeping bag, underquilt (and more that we'll get to in the next one)
Pack with rain cover; trekking poles' hammock straps, hammock, rain fly, pillow, pillow case, sleeping bag, underquilt (and more that we'll get to in the next one)
Trowel (in sack), TP, earbuds, thick ziplock bag with battery pack, USB cable, pen, and spare headlamp batters, headlamp, clothesline, water filter, water bags, backwash plunger, and short PVC pipe, group first aid kit; Bear can, grease pot with lid and cozy, egg carton, fuel bottle, stove, salt shaker, dish rag, dish soap, cup, long-handled spoon, group hand sanitizer, tiny knife, water bottle, toothbrush, microfiber washcloth, finger cozy, hot pad, wallet, keys; Fast-drying underwear, sleeping socks, long-sleeve shirt, thermal top, thermal bottoms, Tevas, rain jacket, winter hat, winter gloves, microspikes, spare hiking socks, cap, down puffy, bandana, bug gloves, facemask, headnet, swim shirt, swim shorts, camp towel
Trowel (in sack), TP, earbuds, thick ziplock bag with battery pack, USB cable, pen, and spare headlamp batters, headlamp, clothesline, water filter, water bags, backwash plunger, and short PVC pipe, group first aid kit; Bear can, grease pot with lid and cozy, egg carton, fuel bottle, stove, salt shaker, dish rag, dish soap, cup, long-handled spoon, group hand sanitizer, tiny knife, water bottle, toothbrush, microfiber washcloth, finger cozy, hot pad, wallet, keys; Fast-drying underwear, sleeping socks, long-sleeve shirt, thermal top, thermal bottoms, Tevas, rain jacket, winter hat, winter gloves, microspikes, spare hiking socks, cap, down puffy, bandana, bug gloves, facemask, headnet, swim shirt, swim shorts, camp towel

Lastly, this is what I typically wear while hiking:

Short sleeve shirt, handkerchief, hiking socks, zipoff pants, wide-brimmed hat, waterproof mid-height boots. Not shown: fast-drying underwear, cell phone
Short sleeve shirt, handkerchief, hiking socks, zipoff pants, wide-brimmed hat, waterproof mid-height boots. Not shown: fast-drying underwear, cell phone

When I go with a group (as opposed to a solo trip) I bring extra rope, a stuff sack, a carabiner or two, and sometimes a folding saw. If I’m eating with a group then I also bring a tupperware with a lid, and a short-handled spoon that fits inside the tupperware.

For the specific 50-miler the YM are planning, I might bring sunblock, but I’ll leave out all the cold-weather gear except thermals (which make great PJs) and I might bring a larger pot if I’m eating with someone else.