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A backpacking gear list is extraordinarily useful, and developing one is time well spent. It:

  • Helps in assembling a gear kit, without commandeering floor space;
  • Calculates pack weight;
  • Creates a budget and shopping list;
  • Serves as a checklist during final pack-up; and,
  • Is a reference for future trips, especially if post-trip comments were added to the gear list after returning home.

If you have never created a gear list before, start with my Three-season gear checklist & template, which is user-friendly, comprehensive, and neutral to location, season, gender, and experience level. For gear lists and posts with more specific recommendations, follow its links or look elsewhere in this category.

The Cadillac Stove System

Gear List || Premium & ultralight backpacking alcohol stove system

Between 2006 and April 2015, I made over one-thousand meals and hot drinks with The Dirtbag. Clearly, that system works. But it’s also imperfect. I was particularly tired of its poor performance in non-calm air; its unreliable stability was not a winning quality, either. So I upgraded to The Cadillac, and I don’t foresee going […]

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The complete Dirtbag stove system. A DIY alcohol stove + aluminum foil windscreen, plus a number of other inexpensive components. The entire system weighs about 9 oz and costs $30.

Gear List || DIY, ultralight & cheap backpacking alcohol stove system

Before I upgraded this year, the Dirtbag had been my go-to 3-season backpacking stove system. I used it for the length of the Great Western Loop, during the non-winter portions of the Alaska-Yukon Expedition, and for hundreds of nights on shorter outings and guided trips. The stove and windscreen are DIY, and the system is […]

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A camp during my Kings Canyon High Basin Route thru-hike, with the Cadillac Stove System

Backpacking Stoves: Five complete systems for soloists & groups

What are the backpacking stove systems that I use in 3-season and winter conditions when solo, as a couple, or in a group? In this multi-post series I will detail them, with complete gear lists and in-depth explanations of my selections. This is not meant to be a definitive list of viable stove systems. There are literally […]

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And here, too? I think it is.

Core Backpacking Clothing || Check lists & systems for 3-season conditions

With just a 13-item collection of hiking and backpacking clothing, is it possible to be comfortable here? And with that very same kit, also here? And here, too? I think it is. Earlier this month I introduced the Core 13, a tight collection of hiking and backpacking clothing that can be mixed-and-matched to create appropriate systems for every […]

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Closeup view of my skate boots, skis, and bindings.

Gear List || Cross-Country Skate Ski System

There are few things better than gliding along fresh corduroy on a crisp morning in the splendor of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. While Alison and I enjoy backcountry skiing on un-groomed terrain, a grand tour on groomers in the Whites is sublime, and it’s no wonder that cross-country skiing may be our favorite shared outdoor activity. Skiing on groomed trails […]

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Crispi Antarctic boots. Among 3-pin boots, these are are middle-of-the-road: not extremely heavy or light, or extremely nimble or stiff.

Gear List || Backcountry Nordic Ski Touring

My backcountry Nordic touring ski setup excels on ungroomed or unbroken trails through rolling terrain. I used this equipment during my Alaska-Yukon Expedition (see the video above), and it’s my preferred setup for ski trips in Colorado. It does fine on the flats, but cross-country skis are lighter and will track and glide better. It’s even less optimized for groomed […]

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Typical early-fall conditions in the Colorado Rockies: not enough snow to ski, but it's definitely not still summer.

Backpack Hunt Gear List || Colorado Big Game (elk, deer)

Introduction Before scrolling any further down this page, first read prefacing remarks about my gear lists. In mid-October I’ll return to GMU 371 in Colorado’s Gore Range for the First Rifle elk season. Other hunters would describe me as a “backpack hunter,” in that I’m entirely self-sufficient and have a mobile camp; I don’t day-hike out of […]

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Dusy Basin from Knapsack Col in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park

Backpacking Gear List || High Sierra — Late-Summer

Introduction Before scrolling any further down this page, first read prefacing remarks about my gear lists. Every backpacking gear list should be optimized for a location, time of year, and duration. Needs change — sometimes subtly, sometimes wildly — depending on where, when, and how long the trip is. This particular list is designed for: California’s […]

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