Earlier this summer I set out on a 3-day backpacking trip through Lassen Volcanic National Park. I wrote a little bit about this trip in Wednesday Wave Vol. 26. However, for this post, I thought it would be helpful to detail all the gear I used on that trip.
- Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur 3 man - Even when backpacking I choose to a tent one man larger than the number of people sleeping in that tent. So with 2 people on this trip, I grabbed my 3 man tent.
- Sleeping Bag: Marmot Phase 30 - I have an older model to the one linked, but it is comparable. Down filled bags pack down so small, they are great.
- Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest ProLite - I got the small version of this pad, it saves some weight and I do not need my feet on the pad when I sleep.
- Camp Chair: Kawartha Camp Chair - Having a little comfort around camp is worth the extra weight.
- Hammock: Kawartha HiRise - Worth every extra ounce to take a nap in a comfortable, easy to set up hammock after a long day of hiking.
- Flame: Jetboil MightyMo - So lightweight and easy to set up. Could not recommend this more for the backcountry.
- Kettle: BioLite KettlePot - Combined with the MightyMo, water heats up extremely quickly. Plus you can store the MightyMo and propane canister inside the kettle for transport.
- Water Filter: Sawyer Squeeze - Fill up the included 1L bag, attach the Sawyer filter and squeeze out clean water. Simple and lightweight.
- Dinnerware: I bring a cheap MSR bowl and fork with me and use my pocket knife if needed. I use my Kawartha Enamel Mug as my cup. Even though we ate dehydrated food, it was nice to have a bowl instead of eating out of the bag.
- Bear Canister: Bear Vault BV500 - I opted for the bigger size and it came in handy.
- Meals: Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food - I have not tried other brands, but am always satisfied with Mountain House. A few tips:
- Make sure your water is boiling. Don't stop boiling your water until it is rumbling, it needs to be very hot.
- Error on the side of less water than more water. I don't like my meals to be soupy.
- Pay attention to the calories per serving. If you are cooking for two, you may want 4 or 5 servings for dinner if you had a long hike.
- Bring tortillas and some hot sauce packets. Nothing classes up a dehydrated meal like turning it into a burrito.
- Drinks: We filled a Platypus Platy water bag with a bottle of bourbon. This allowed us to keep it easily in the bear canister. Thinking that warm bourbon on its own is not the most refreshing, we brought some Crystal Light Lemonade packets. Add the Crystal Light packet to some fresh and cold mountain water, pour in your bourbon and you have a delicious beverage to end your day.
- Coffee: Starbucks Via - No cleanup and delicious coffee. Ever since Via came out, it has been my go-to backcountry coffee.
- Snacks: We packed an assortment of Clif Bars and similar products for a boost on the trail.
- Head Lamp: Black Diamond - I have had the same Black Diamond headlamp for a few years now. I have replaced the band only once. I like it because it is rechargeable, but also uses triple-A batteries.
- Pack: REI Traverse 70 - This pack was great. It is comfortable and holds a ton of gear.
- Knife: Benchmade Bushcraft - This knife might be overkill, but I like having a large and sturdy blade when I am in the backcountry.