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

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Windshirt

Outdoor Research Sequence Crew Neck Long Sleeve Tee

Outdoor Research Echo Sentinel Long Sleeve Tee

Outdoor Research Sun Runner Hat

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.)

Outdoor Research Versaliner Gloves [LINK]

Clothing, Bottoms

Outdoor Research Treadway Convert Sentinel Pants

Outdoor Research Foray Pants (hardshell)

Nike Compression Shorts

Ex Officio Give-N-Go Travel Boxer Shorts

Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters

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


Osprey Variant 52 Backpack

Bearvault BV500 Bear Canister

Outdoor Research Waterproof Pack Cover

Outdoor Research 10 L dry sack

Outdoor Research 25 L Ultralight Dry sack

Outdoor Research Mesh Ditty sacks

Outdoor Research Dry Ditty Sacks

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


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