What Would You Pack For A 220-mile Trek?

Amongst 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks, past lakes and granite cliffs, the John Muir Trail winds from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney, California. This summer I’ll be trekking 220 miles of it through the Sierras. I’m no ultralight minimalist, though I tried to pack as modestly as I could. Below is a detailed list of the make and model of every piece of gear I’m bringing along the way.  Expect a follow-up article titled, What I Should(n’t) Have Brought on the John Muir Trail. 

Clothing, Tops

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket (hardshell) [LINK]

Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody
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Outdoor Research Ferrosi Windshirt
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Outdoor Research Sequence Crew Neck Long Sleeve Tee
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Outdoor Research Echo Sentinel Long Sleeve Tee
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Outdoor Research Sun Runner Hat
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Outdoor Research Wind Pro Balaclava (balaclavas have an extremely high warmth to weight ratio and can always be rolled into a beanie or a buff at any point.)
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Outdoor Research Versaliner Gloves [LINK]

Clothing, Bottoms

Outdoor Research Treadway Convert Sentinel Pants
[LINK]

Outdoor Research Foray Pants (hardshell)
[LINK]

Nike Compression Shorts


Ex Officio Give-N-Go Travel Boxer Shorts


Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters
[LINK]

Smartwool NTS Light 195 Long Underwear Bottoms


Smartwool PhD Outdoor Lightweight Crew Socks


Smartwool PhD Outdoor Midweight Crew Socks


Smartwool PhD Outdoor Heavyweight Crew Socks

Camp Equipment

Nemo Losi 3P Tent with footprint


Feathered Friends Vireo 45/25 UL Sleeping Bag (hoodless)


Thermarest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad.


PowerMonkey eXplorer Solar Panel Charger and Battery


Coghlan’s Backpacker’s Trowel


Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Trekking Gear

Tom Harrison Maps – John Muir Trail Topo Map Pack


John Muir Trail Guidebook, Elizabeth Wenk (Chopped out the unnecessary pages)


Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles


Suunto Compass


Garmin GPSmap 62S


Olympus Tough TGI-1 Camera


Timex Expedition WS4 Watch (This is not a good watch, get a Suunto)


Adventure Medical Kit .5 with extra Ibuprofen, bandages, athletic tape.


Coghlan’s Whistle


Victorinox Swiss Army Knife


Seam Grip Field Repair Kit


Ryders Clamor Sunglasses

Storage

Osprey Variant 52 Backpack


Bearvault BV500 Bear Canister


Outdoor Research Waterproof Pack Cover
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Outdoor Research 10 L dry sack
[LINK]

Outdoor Research 25 L Ultralight Dry sack
[LINK]

Outdoor Research Mesh Ditty sacks
[LINK]

Outdoor Research Dry Ditty Sacks
[LINK]

Platypus 1L Collapsible Bottle (for Storing Olive Oil)

Cooking, Water, Hygiene 

MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove


MSR Quick Solo 1.3L Pot


MSR Collapsing Fork


Guyout Designs Squishy Bowl


Aquamira Water Purifying Drops


Steripen Widemouth Waterbottle Attachment Filter


1L Nalgene Widemouth Bottle, used to store duct tape


3L Platypus Big ZIP SL Hydration Bladder (3L weighs about 1oz more than the 1L model, so why not buy yourself the extra capacity.)


Scotchbrite Scour Pad 

Bic lighter


Travel Toothbrush


Floss

Nail Clippers

Non-edible disposables, (many of these to be resupplied along the way)

MSR Fuel Canisters


8oz of Doctor Bronner’s Biodegradable all purpose Soap, resupplied


Ben’s 30% DEET insect repellent


Extra Batteries


Sunscreen UPF 50


Lip balm UPF 15


Toilet Paper


Tiger balm (works for bug bites and sore muscles)


2-gallon freezer grade Ziplock bags for storing garbage

8 ft. of duct tape


Crest Toothpaste


Hand Sanitizer