Gear I Use

I’ve been backpacking for over a decade. Over the years I’ve tried lots of different gear and learned a lot about what works best for me and my style of backpacking. I’m not an ultralight hiker by any means, but I like to be comfortable, both in camp and with the load I carry on my back.

Here’s the full list of gear that I take on most backpacking trips. Some of the items only come on more relaxed trips where I don’t mind carrying a bigger load. Where possible, I’ve included links to items I have reviewed. If you have questions about how to choose gear for backpacking, I’m happy to answer.

This list is up to date as of summer 2017.


Multi-Day and Overnight Pack: Boreas Lost Coast 60 Women’s version with raincover (read my review)

Collapsible pack for dayhikes from base camps: MEC Travel Light Top Loader


Hammock on Flores Island, BC

Sleeping and Camp Gear:

Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba NX with footprint

Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Roxy Ann -9C

Compression sack: OR Ultralight Compression Sack

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Pillow: MEC Air Pillow

Kitchen Tarp for group trips: Integral Designs Siltarp 2

Guylines and rigging: 2mm reflective cord in various lengths and NiteIze Figure9 Caribiners

Pegs: MSR Mini Ground Hog

Lounge Hammock: Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double and Suspenders (read my review)

Bum Pad: MEC Seat Cushion


Kitchen Gear:

Stove: Snow Peak GigaPower or MSR Whisperlite

Pots: MSR Alpine 2 Pot set, Primus eta Pot or Sea to Summit X Pot 2.8L

Fire starter: Bic Lighter or Firesteel

Eating/cooking utensils: Snow Peak Titanium Spork, Single blade Gerber folding knife

Clean up: Camp suds soap, GSI Compact scraper

Bowls: Sea to Summit X-Bowl or Orikaso folding bowl (discontinued)

Mug: Snow Peak titanium double wall

Hydration: Source 2L Reservoir, Platypus collapsible bottles

Water Treatment: Platypus Gravityworks, Steripen or Pristine Drops

Bear Canister: Bear Vault BV450, Garcia Machine Backpacker’s Cache, or URSack

Food Bag: Seal Line Kodiak Lightweight Window Dry Bag and cheap hardware store yellow poly rope for hanging


Navigation and Electronics Gear:

Headlamp: Petzl Tikka XP and Petzl eLite

Wrist watch: Timex Ironman Sleek

Compass: Silva Ranger

GPS: Garmin eTrex 30S

Map Case: Gallon sized Ziploc freezer bag

Map/Guidebook: Paper maps and guidebook photocopies/internet printouts for the area

Reading material: Amazon Kindle

Power Bank: Mophie Powerstation Mini

Emergency Communication: DeLorme InReach, Iphone 6S, and Fox 40 Whistle


Camera Gear:

Camera: Sony A6000 and kit lens

Camera Clip: Peak Designs Capture Clip

Camera Bag: Lowe Pro Dashpoint

Tripods: Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber



Health and Safety:

Sunscreen: Small tube of sweat-resistant sunscreen

Head Net: OnSight Equipment Mosquito Head Net

Toothpaste: Travel sized sensodyne (free from the dentist’s office)

Toothbrush: Generic drug store toothbrush with travel cap

Deodorant: Travel sized from the drug store

Toilet paper and hand sanitizer in a ziploc

Hair elastics

Foam ear plugs

Lip Balm: SPF Blistex in a tube

Towel: PackTowl face cloth

Bear Spray: Frontiersman in a Seattle Sports holster

First Aid Kit: Zippered case with first aid supplies personally chosen and assembled by me

Repair: McNett Repair Tape, Tent pole repair sleeve


Hiking the King's Throne Trail in Kluane


Waterproof Breathable Jacket: MEC Alpine Refuge (discontinued) or MEC Synergy

Waterproof Breathable Pants: MEC Hydrofoil pants

Wind Jacket: MEC Farpoint Jacket

Insulated Jacket: MEC Uplink, MEC Warm Obsession (discontinued but you can read my review), MEC Spicy Hoody, MEC Hot Cocoa Parka


Hiking Clothes:

T shirt or tank top: MEC Rhythm T Shirt or a generic wicking tee or tank

Long sleeved warm shirt: MEC T2 Long Sleeved Zip T

Long sleeved sun protection shirt: MEC T1 Long Sleeved Zip T, MEC Lupin Long Sleeved button up

Pants: MEC Amanita Straight Leg Pants, MEC Terrena Pants or MEC Agility Tights

Shorts: MEC Terrena shorts or Black Diamond Valley Shorts


Sleeping and Camp Clothes:

Base Layer Top: MEC T3 Hoodie or MEC T2 Hoodie

Base Layer Bottoms: MEC T3 Long Johns or MEC Merino T2 Long Johns



Sports Bra: Champion Marathon Bra, Knixwear Evolution bra

Underwear: Patagonia Active Hipster

Camp underwear: generic cotton panties



Hat: Sunday Afternoons Northwest Trucker Cap, or Nike Mesh Daybreak Running Cap

Toque/Beanie: MEC Fleece Toque, or Chaos recycled cashmere knit hat

Buff: Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube or MEC MT2 Neck Gaiter

Gloves: Au Clair fleece gloves, DeFeet Dura ET gloves or MEC Windstopper Gloves (discontinued)

Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Poles Womens version

Sunglasses: Sunskis Headlands



Socks: Wright Sock Double Layer Socks (as liners), Great Canadian Sox Company Super Wool Hiker GX, or Defeet Wooleator

Camp Socks: Defeet Woolie Boolie

Gaiters: MEC Kokanee Gaiters

Boots and Shoes: Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Light Trail Shoes,  Scarpa Kailash GTX Day Hiking Boots, Salomon XA Pro Trail Running Shoes

Camp Shoes: Freewaters flip flops (discontinued)


So that’s the full list of things I might usually bring on a backpacking trip. If you have any questions about my gear and why I chose it, let me know.

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