This is hiker Philip Werner's summer gear list is designed for backpacking in New Hampshire's White Mountains on trips lasting from 1-4 days in length. Summer temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees fahrenheit, depending on weather conditions and elevation. Wind chill and hypothermia are serious risks year round, particularly above treeline. The terrain is extremely rocky but also quite wet at lower elevations, with numerous stream crossings and dense forest.

Philip Werner

Mt Lincoln (5089') on the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail

Category Gear Selection Weight (oz) Details
Packing Gossamer Gear Kumo Superlight Backpack 16.6 Used for trips up to 4 days in length. w/ Gossamer Gear Sitlight pad
Trash Compactor Bag 2.4 Waterproof Liner
Lowe Dashpoint 20 Camera Pocket 2.0 Attached to shoulder strap.
S29 Ursack 7.7 Bearproof food storage (non-grizzly)
OPSack (large) 1.6 Smellproof and leafproof bear bag liner Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks 2.0 Drawstring closure only, assorted sizes
Sleeping Therm-a-Rest Alpine Blanket 22.0 Quilt rated for 35 degrees
Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper 10.1 Not insulated
Shelter Trekker Tent Stealth Tarp w/ Inner Tent 22.0
Packed Clothing Outdoor Research Helium II 6.9 Rain Jacket (Pertex Shield) DWR augmented with Scotch Guard
Outdoor Research Helium 5.6 Rain Pants (Pertex Shield)
Outdoor Research Versatec Gloves 2.3 Fleece gloves with separate waterproof shells that make a glove system
Rab 100 Weight Fleece 9.9 1/4 zip pullover
Mountain Hardware Fleece Hat 0.7 Sleepwear
1 x Smartwool Hiking Liners 1.6 Sleepwear
Patagonia Capilene 1 LS Shirt 6.6 Sleepwear
Patagonia Capilene 1 Long Underwear 6.0 Sleepwear
Hydration Platypus 3L Reservoir 1.3 This size is no longer manufactured
Aquafina Water Bottle 1.2 Water bottle
Sawyer Squeeze Mini 1.4 Water filter
Cooking Firefly Titanum Woodstove w/Flexport 2.9 Made by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rob Kelly (
Esbit 750 ml Titanium Cookpot 3.9
REI Blue Plastic Spoon 0.3
Small Essentials Victorinox Swiss Army Classic 0.9
Panasonic Lumix LX5 Camera 9.3
First Aid Kit 2.0 Tape, Bandages, Pills, and Potions
Gear Repair Kit 2.1 More Tape, Glue, Batteries, Camera Stuff, Safety Pins, etc.
Red Bandana 0.6 Washcloth
Suunto M3 Compass 1.5
2 x Petzl e+Lite headlamps 0.9
SPOT Gen 3 Personal Locator Beacon 3.9
Total base weight (oz) (not including worn items or consumables) 158.9
Total base weight (lb) (not including worn items or consumables) 9.93 pounds

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This ultralight backpacking gear list was contributed by former Trail Ambassador (Section Hiker) Philip Werner.

September 01, 2014 — Brian Fryer