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What am I taking on the CDT?

Below is a list of items that I am taking along with me on the Continental Divide Trail. Some items have affiliate links if you want to help support my hike while getting some sweet gear!

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The "Big 4" in backpacking refers to the four most significant (and often most expensive) pieces of gear required to backpack: backpack, tent, sleeping bag/quilt, and sleeping pad.

Big 4 + Big 4 Adjacent

PACK

SLEEP

One day-to-day outfit + layers + protection from the elements? What more could you want? I feel very strongly that much of your clothes can (and should) be bought secondhand!

Clothing

TOPS

BOTTOMS

  • Running shorts from the thrift store

  • Melanzana Wind Pro sweatpants

  • Frogg Toggs rain pants
     

FOOTWEAR

HEAD & HANDS

The section title is misleading, as this is basically everything but the food and water. But this is how I acquire, store, and cook my food and water!

Food + Water

FOOD

WATER

Here are some of the ways in which I stay safe, sane, and healthy(ish). Everyone's safety and med setup is different, and I encourage you to figure out what is best for you on your trips!

Safety

SAFETY ITEMS

  • Garmin inReach Explorer+

  • Gossamer Gear Gold Dome Ultralight Umbrella

  • Black Diamond Spot 400 headlamp

  • Pepper spray

  • Microspikes (Colorado)

  • Ice ax (Colorado)

  • Bear spray (Wyoming, Idaho, Montana)
     

MED KIT

  • Ibuprofen

  • Bandaids (x5)

  • Gauze pads

  • Neosporin

  • Hydrocortisone cream 

  • Moleskin

  • Tweezers

  • Tick key

  • ACE wrap

  • Swiss Army Knife

  • Wilderness First Aid booklet

I, uh... don't want to get too into the specifics of this bit here. It's nothing all that glamorous. But I would say the majority of my questions about thru-hiking include the items in this section, so...

Toiletries

  • Kula Cloth

  • Menstrual cup

  • PACT poop kit

  • Baby wipes

  • Trail Stuff Trailbrush

  • Toothpaste tablets

  • Lip balm

  • Sunblock stick

This is why thru-hikers enter an establishment like a restaurant or gas station and ask "Do you have any outlets?" immediately after saying hello.

Electronics + Misc.

  • Anker 20,000 mah power bank

  • iPhone 13 Pro

  • Sony a6000 camera

  • Garmin Forerunner 230 watch

  • SD cards x2

  • iPhone charger

  • Micro-USB charger

  • Watch charger

  • Wall port for charging cables

  • SD card to lightning adapter

  • Tripod

  • Bluetooth iPhone camera remote

  • AAA batteries x3

  • BD 1500 rechargeable headlamp battery

  • Deck of cards

  • Wallet baggie

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