hey there! i'm by no means an ultralight hiker, so I figured it would be good to get feedback from you all.
i have a lot of experience on multi-day trips, have spent two months of horseback in Mongolia on the Russian border, a couple weeks here and there in the Brazilian jungle, and in addition have over a year of minimalist overseas travel-style backpacking.
so while I may not have much experience in thru-hiking, i haven't done something even as long as the JMT, i know what it is to live out of a backpack for many, many months at a time. the PCT is somethings I've always wanted to do and I feel like 2013 is the year its going to happen, the timing is just perfect for me.
i'm going to be going with my girlfriend, who has a similar level of experience. the attached gear list is assuming a solo attempt. when i get it dialed in we'll split some of the shared gear.
right now i have this down to 19lbs (13lbs in the pack, 6lbs worn). obviously there is quite a lot of fat to cut, so be ruthless :) i'm not married to the gear, so much as the function.
you may notice i am bringing a hennessy hammock. yes, I have a lot of experience in them (5+ years) and I absolutely love it. a good, full length pad and sleeping bag is enough to be toasty warm, and the full system is comparable to a simliar GG tarptent shelter. yes, the first part of the trip is going to be a little harder to find trees, but it's no big deal, i can use the rainfly as a ground sheet and use the bag/pad sans bivy and just tough it out. if I have to lay out the bag and let it dry off in the AM it's no big deal, it wont happen that often. for those of you who doubt the hammock, i would love to convert every one of you, but i will spare you for now :)
the cooking system, i foresee needing the most help. i love jetboils, and i like the ability to cook food when possible. i like fresh food, and will make sacrifices to have decent meals (chicken stir fry, vegetables) on nights where we came from a resupply that had such supplies. also, my girlfriend is filipino, which means every meal will have instant rice. the only other stove i've used is an MSR Dragonfly that we ran off diesel in Mongolia, so i'd love your expertise.
can I use a simple alcohol stove and still have some versatility and speed making coffee for breakfast, boiling water for MH meals, cooking up a mean stirfry a few nights a month? what do you think?
clothing is also a concern, i've never had to shave weight from clothing. the pack as well. in the past my concerns were pack size (to conform to carryon requirements for airlines) and the ease of unpacking. this is actually why i'm drawn to the camino, front loading packs are great - i love the ability to get to the bottom of a pack without digging around, and i hate having to pack/unpack things in order because i basically have a giant dry bag on my back.
please, tear this gear list apart. basically the only thing i'm set on is the sleeping/shelter system and the electronics.
ALSO - some guidance on food/water, as it has the most drastic effect on packweight. in the sheet you can see that i am assuming 2.5lbs of food per day, 6-4 liters of water in the pack (depending on leg of trip), and up to 6 days between resupply points. so, as you can see, the wet pack weights are absolute worst case scenarios.