I walked in Nov/Dec 2019 and this list reflects that time of year.
Starting from the bottom up…
- Shoes – Brooks Cascadias, non-goretex. Since hiking the PCT in 2015 these shoes have been my favourite hiking shoes. I wear non-goretex as they dry quicker and breathe better.
- Ankle brace – Aircast A60, the same brace Andy Murray wears 😉 Since having an ankle op post-PCT, I wear a brace while hiking.
- Sandals – Bedrock sandals for evenings and showering
- Socks x 3 – Darn Tough merino socks, two for hiking and one for sleeping in
- Trousers – Montane women’s cygnus pants, I bought these because I specifically wanted full-length trousers (to be culturally appropriate and for the thorns), and these were lightweight plus they had the yoga waistband which I love. However, I wasn’t so keen on the fact the pockets don’t have zips (my phone never fell out of the front pocket though) and they really got quite shredded on this trail – after 23 days it looks like I’ve had them for years 😦
- Knee braces – for my dodgy knees (both feeling a bit worn out!)
- Long sleeve hiking shirt – Patagonia Sol Patrol (I chose to take this one because I wanted a collar to provide sun protection on my neck)
- Long sleeve pajama top – Patagonia lightweight capilene
- Baselayer pants – Patagonia (to sleep in)
- Underpants x2 – Exofficio
- Sports bra x2 – Patagonia
- Buff – to protect my neck from the sun or keep me warm
- Down jacket – Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, I slept in this while camping on quite a few nights
- Wind jacket – Patagonia Houdini, this is great for cold mornings and as an extra layer in the evening
- Rain gear – Vaude hiking backpack poncho
- Hat and Lululemon headband
- Sunglasses – SunGod classics
- Sun gloves – Patagonia sun gloves, these have saved my hands from sunburn on many an occasion
- I carried my purple rain skirt and a spare lightweight t-shirt to change into while doing washing (and to wear over my leggings in the evenings), but they were a luxury rather than a necessary on this trip.
- Beanie and gloves (I forgot gloves and had to buy a pair in Demre but I only wore them a couple of times)
- Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 – I took a freestanding tent as I had no idea what type of surfaces I would be pitching it on each night and this tent worked great – I recommend a freestanding tent for this trail so you can camp on wooden platforms / concrete / rocks etc…
- Sleeping bag: Western Mountaineering Alpinlite down sleeping bag – the same one I’ve had since the PCT and I love it. It keeps me snug and warm on the cold days and when it was hot at the beginning of the trip, I simply laid on top of it.
- Sleeping mat: Women’s NeoAir Xlite, the same one I’ve had since the PCT, except that it’s now sprung a leak (which is pretty good going considering I’ve had it and used it extensively for 4 years!). So I had to get in the habit of blowing it up in the middle of the night.
BACKPACK and ACCESSORIES
- Backpack – Gossamer Gear Mariposa
- Backpack liner – Garbage bag
- Dry bags – inside pack to compartmentalise gear
- Ziplock bags – good for packing out rubbish as well as leftover food
- Water bottle – Water-to-go 750ml (it has a filter inside so I can fill up from any water source other than sea water). I also carried 2x 2l platypus water storage and used them quite often.
- Hiking poles – Pacer Poles – I’ve been using these since my very first long distance walk, the Camino Frances in 2013
- Headlamp – Petzl Tikka 2 – I wouldn’t camp without it
- Clothes Line – I have the lifeventure pegless clothes line and even on this trip it was well used
- Towel – Ultralight Packtowel – mine’s the size of a tea towel, so I’m always envious when I see people with full size towels!
- Ear plugs – to block out the barking dogs!
- Eye mask – always helpful when camping if there’s a full moon
- Foldable daypack – Sea to summit Ultra Sil 20l pack – this is a bit of a luxury item but at 68 grams, it’s worth it and I use it for shopping and to carry my electronics in when in towns
- Camera – I carried a Fujifilm X-T2 with a XF10-24mm F4 lens on a Peak Design pro capture clip on my shoulder with 3 batteries
- Phone with headphones – I used my iPhone as a second camera and to listen to music/audiobooks/podcasts
- Chargers – for camera & phone
- Spare batteries – AAA for headlamp
- European adaptor plug with USB sockets
TOILETRIES & FIRST AID
- Multi-purpose Soap
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- FirstAid Kit – bandaids, needle and thread, antiseptic cream, sunscreen, lip balm, scissors, tweezers, antibacterial hand gel, painkillers, anti-inflammatories and anti-histamines
- I forgot mosquito repellent but wished I had it or a head-net for when we stayed in accommodation
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the FAQ post.