Gear for the High Sierra Trip

The High Sierra Trail is strenuous and demanding. It requires light gear, especially if you plan on being on the trail for an extended period of time. We were out on the trail for 5 days hiking a total of 22 miles on the trail with another 6 miles immediately after getting off the trail to see other sights. See High Sierra Itinerary for more details about the trip. I hiked with my wife so the list later on will be based on a 2 person group, so some gear is shared especially the heavier gear.

Also check out my post about Cutting Weight post to make sure that you have the best gear for the trip. I will also go through most of this gear in separate posts for more in depth reviews.

Major Gear:
  • Bear Butt Double hammock and straps (this is slightly larger than the Eno hammocks which is why I love these hammocks.)
  • Extra rope for the hammock
  • Rain fly – Chilla Gorilla Hex Hammock Rain Fly (Even though we had amazing weather and didn’t need it. It was looking stormy when we left)
  • Under Quilt – Go Outfitters The Adventure Under Quilt – With hammocks if the temperatures drop under about 70 degrees, it can become extremely cold because heat will seep out in all directions. Having the under quilt under the hammock and the sleeping back over the top was almost too warm.
  • 20 degree Sleeping Bag – Cotopaxi Sueno Sleeping Bag – We took 2 just incase but found out that we really didn’t need the second and it stayed in its stuff sack the entire way. In the Cutting Weight article, I debated if taking the extra weight was worth the weight for the piece of mind. In the instance, it was for us because it was my wife’s first time backpacking.
  • Backpacks – Osprey 85L Aether AG men’s and the REI co-op Flash 60L women’s – I carried most of the weight because I had the larger pack and I was more experienced, so I wanted to make it a little easier for my wife.
  • We each had a water bladder that carried about 2.5L each.
  • Water filter – Sawyer Squeeze water filter system – It took us about 20 minutes to fill about 10L of water, which is great time for filtering water.

 

Kitchen Equipment
  • Stove – Etekcity Backpacking stove – It is the cheap Chinese version of the Pocket Rocket. It was $10 on Amazon and works great. Later on, I will post about the stove and my opinions on different styles.
  • Fuel – 1 large canister of Jetboil’s fuel – We used it for the entire 5 days and still had about half of the fuel left. Later on our honeymoon, we stayed in Zion National Park and fried bacon with it, so bring that large of a canister was probably a bit much and we could’ve cut weight.
  •  Dishes – Sea to Summit XL-bowl for eating and Snow Peak Titanium Mini Cook set – The XL bowls were collapsible and were super light. The titanium cook set is super durable and in the morning we could cook 2 pot fulls of water for hot chocolate, oatmeal, and cleaning for the 2 of us.
  • Utensils – Sea to Summit titanium spork long – Get the long because you can reach deep into a bag or stir with it and not worry about getting your hand dirty or burning them with hot water.
  • We did carry a small bottle of biodegradable soap. Follow Leave No Trace principles!

 

Personal Hygiene and First Aid
  • First Aid kit – We got a small one from Wal-mart
  • Blisters – we got Luekotape – it is basically medical tape/ moleskin. It worked great because by the end of the trip our feet were beat up and the tape saved us.
  • We took our full tooth brushes and toothpaste – Some people will debate this with me but it isn’t that much weight so to us it didn’t matter for that much more comfortable.
  • Baby wipes are a must.
  • Bring TP because we never saw any bathrooms.
  • Trowel – Duece of Spades – $10 on Amazon and super light. Again Leave No Trace.
  • Plastic bags – In most places, you have to burry your waste and pack out the paper so a good freezer ziplock bag to contain the used TP.

 

Clothes

We probably took more clothes than we needed, but it gave us the piece of mind. Below is what I brought and what my wife brought. We kept them in roll top dry bags.

My clothes
  • 2 pairs of Nike running shorts
  • 2 T-shirts
  • Patagonia Better Sweater
  • Coalatree pants
  • 1 pair of Darn Tuff wool socks
  • 1 Buff, 1 beanie, 1 hat and a pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of Chacos
  • 1 down jacket
My wife’s clothes
  • 3 pairs of leggings
  • 2 t-shirts
  • Patagonia Better Sweater
  • 3 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 Pair of boots and a pair of Chacos

My base weight was about 30 lbs. with about 45 lbs. when I was fully loaded up. My wife’s base weight was about 20 lbs. with about 30-35 lbs. when she was fully loaded up with consumables.

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