Glen Van Peski's Gear List

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Gossamer Gear | Dec 02, 2014

Glen Van Peski gear list

Glen Van Peski at Puppet Pass

My typical gear list is for a summer/fall trip of 3 - 6 days in the Sierra or other western mountains, typically mostly above tree line. Temperatures range from freezing to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. My trips are generally composed of some trail, and some off-trail travel, typically with at least one other person. My most common substitutions are adding 4 ounces by going with my heavier sleeping bag, and adding another 3.4 ounces by going with the QTwinn for a shelter if I'm expecting significant weather. If going off-trail by myself, I would invest in a Spot locator. I have used this basic gear for many years, and spent some stormy nights, and days trudging through snow, so am comfortable in a wide range of conditions.

Category Gear Selection Weight (oz) Details
Packing Gossamer Gear Murmur wo/belt 8.4 If load gets above 15 lbs. I add the waist belt.
Pack liner bag 1.0 Mylar bag
Food storage bag 0.6 Homemade grocery-type bag from spinnaker
Clothing stuff sack 0.3 Cuben fiber
Stuff sack for misc small items 0.1 Cuben fiber
60' Spectra 725 line, garlic bag, mini 'biner 1.3 Bear bag setup, if needed. In non-bear country, use food as pillow
Sleeping Sleeplight long 30 deg down bag 17.2 Hood, no down on bottom, no zipper. If I know for sure it will be under 36, I'm likely to take my heavy 22 oz. bag, same construction, more down.
Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8" - 30" l, 12-16" w 2.1 Minimal torso sleeping pad requires some good site selection skills, and ability to contour sleeping area
Shelter Homemade Cuben Wedge 4.4 Minimal lean-to shelter, with spectra line, 2 Ti V-stakes, 4 Easton FMJ stakes. If significant weather expected, I upgrade to the Cuben Twinn, total of 8.1 oz. with stakes. No stuff sacks. Trekking poles for support.
Gossamer Gear polycryo - small 1.2 Trimmed down to 20" wide
Packed Clothing Montbell Ex Light down jacket L 5.7 Not strictly needed, but a nice comfort item
Zpacks jacket 5.0 Breathable cuben fiber rain jacket, also used for wind
Zpacks CloudKilt 1.4 May leave this out if good weather expected
RAB MeCo gloves 1.0 Not super warm, but usually enough
Possumdown 1.7 Warm hat
Balega or other wicking socks 0.8 Spare socks allowing for rotation
Fleece sleeping socks 1.8 A little extra warmth for feet, don't always use them
Hydration 1 liter Smart Water bottle 1.6 Use for mixing Emergen-C, can reach it from a side pocket while walking
3 liter Platypus 1.7 Often hike in dry climes, like to have decent capacity, carry outside pack behind sleeping pad
Platypus drinking tube 2.0 I find I stay hydrated better when carrying the extra weight of a hydration tube
Bleach 0.4 In mini dropper bottle, good for 4 - 5 days typically
Cooking Trail Designs gram cracker 0.1 Holds Esbit tabs
Trail Designs Caldera Ti-Tri 0.9 Windscreen and pot support, can be used for wood fires if allowed
paper matches 0.1 In a mini ziploc bag
Zelph Fosters with drink band and lid 1.3 Cook pot with lid
Cozy/stuff sack 0.4 Homemade cuben fiber with insulation
bamboo spoon 0.3 I prefer the feel of bamboo to titanium
Small Essentials Petzl e+LITE 0.9 Headlamp
Whistle on lanyard 0.2 For emergency signaling, I've used it
Dermasafe 0.3 Basically a long razor blade
Head net 0.5 petersheadnets.com Wouldn't take unless expecting bugs
Bug dope 0.3 Mini dropper bottle, don't usually take
mini tube spf 30 plus mini lip balm 0.7 Sample from dermatologist
Finger toothbrush and floss 0.2 Single use floss packets
Dr. Bronner's soap 0.2 Mini dropper bottle, use for toothpaste, bathing, etc
1/2 disposable shop towel per day 0.8 Toilet 'paper', for 'polishing' after natural materials
micro bottle alcohol gel 0.1 Good for about 4 days
blister & minor wound care 0.9 antibiotic, bandaids, compeed, etc
medications 0.8 Imodium,Tums,tylenol pm,naproxin, etc
mini scissors, tweezers 1.8 From Swiss army knife replacement parts
Rite in the Rain page, Sharpie 0.4 For taking notes
reading glasses 0.2 i4u lenses
Sparker and tinder 0.2 Emergency fire starter
8" duct tape, Tenacious Tape, needle/thread, safety pin 0.2 Repair kit
iPhone 6 4.4 For taking photos
Stickpic 0.4 Great for selfies, group photos without propping camera on a rock
Maps and permits 2.5 I usually print maps out at 11 x 17 from AllTrails, both sides
Total base weight (oz) (not including worn items or consumables) 78.8
Total base weight (lb) (not including worn items or consumables) 4.92