Actual 2013 PCT Gear List for 2014 Hopefuls
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Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
Yes and Yes on 12/09/2013 19:57:11 MST Print View

Thanks for the interest Mark and Matthew.

I do have a website: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com

And I do plan on having MUCH more stuff than is currently on there..but it all takes time, and money (I'm going to need to upgrade from a free website to a paid one) but more is one the way. And Christmas is a good time to get money...

I DO plan on having full trip reports with Photos and Videos on all my long hikes...I've already got good Long Trail and AT videos done, and almost a full AT write up...NET is done - but can't post it until I upgrade my site (I can't post videos or files larger than 10mb). The PCT will likely take some time, but I've got teaser videos up for now to keep you all interested.

Check out the website from time to time, as I will be working on it late into the night for many months to come. I'll post each new update to my site as it's completed so things will slowly start to appear.

Thanks for the good karma and I appreciate the interest. Cheers

Cameron Wilson
(CJW)
altras on 12/11/2013 19:28:59 MST Print View

Do the Altras run true to size? You mentioned a running and a hiking model but I can only seem to find running models.

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
Altra Sizing on 12/11/2013 22:11:07 MST Print View

@ Cameron - I mean't to say that ROAD shoes are what I consider running shoes, and TRAIL shoes are hiking shoes. The Lone Peaks are Altra's most cushioned trail shoe -- and they are still very minimal at that. I found the Lone Peaks to be true to size -- that is to say true to how I go about sizing shoes for myself. The toe box is WIDE which is way I like them, but overall I think they do run fairly true to size, but but I'd check out the Altra website or Amazon or another retailer for more reviews.

Cameron Wilson
(CJW)
gaiters on 12/12/2013 17:20:13 MST Print View

How many pairs of gaiters did you go through?


I like wide toe shoes as well. It doesn't make sense to me why shoes narrow so much at the toes when if anything your foot widens at the toes. I like my merrell ventilators for the wide toe box but I would like to try a more minimalist and flatter shoe.

Thanks

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
The Magic number = 1 on 12/12/2013 18:18:46 MST Print View

I used only a single pair of Dirty Girl Gaiters for the whole trail -- excluding the last 250 of snow -- and I didn't even get any holes in the gaiters, i still have them with my gear. Not too bad for $18 pair of 2 oz. gaiters.

Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
Re: Thanks James on 12/29/2013 17:23:14 MST Print View

Wow. This is a weird thread. I was reading Naturally Caffeinated and then remembered we met on the BPL group hike.

Then I saw this pic... that's me all the way to the left :)

Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
Re: Umbrella on 12/29/2013 17:24:11 MST Print View

Wow. Seriously? I've always felt that they were a somewhat wasted piece of gear.

I guess if it mounted on my pack so it was hands free... That would be pretty sweet. I imagine I could rig something up...

Desert Dweller
(Drusilla)

Locale: Wild Wild West
umbrella on 12/29/2013 17:44:15 MST Print View

Use of an umbrella really depends on where you are. If you are in super hot areas where it makes a difference to use one then it' worth it. Or if you expect to be in continuous rain, it can help you use less rain gear, AND regulate your temperature better. If you hike in the forest where shade is always present and trails are branchy and using an umbrella is a pain, then no it's not worth having. I live where an umbrella is a very useful tool and I love mine, it keeps me from baking to death each summer while I hike the deserts. But if I didn't need or use it I would send it home. To each his own.

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
Kevin - a name to the face at last! on 12/29/2013 19:52:19 MST Print View

Kevin - So good to add another name to the faces in the group photo at long last! Had a great time chatting you all on my way down to Sonora Pass, and really was amazed to see more lightweight BPL'ers all at the same time in such an unlooked-for moment!

Umbrellas are VERY subjective in usefulness. I don't think I'd carry one along the Vermont Long Trail for instance, but would NEVER attempt another PCT hike without mine. Loved using it out west and the wide open trails easily lend themselves to easy umbrella use. Sun rain snow and hail, my umbrella protected me from it all!

Nicholas Ward
(nrw4w)
Goretex socks and Steripen opti on 01/04/2014 19:59:54 MST Print View

Nice gear list - I enjoyed reading through all the comments.

I'm starting an AT through-hike in March this year, considering bringing a pair of Rocky Mtn socks for the smokies early on - also considering bringing an Opti as well (along side of my sawyer).

What are your thoughts about these two pieces of gear? I've seen mixed reviews for both.

James Reilly
(zippymorocco)

Locale: Montana
Gortex Socks on AT on 01/04/2014 20:59:47 MST Print View

Sorry if I am answering out of term but I have experience in this area. I thru-hiked the AT this year beginning March 5. I had Rocky Gortex socks and used them a lot the first month. We did have an unusual amount of snow and I was very glad to have them and rain mitts. In 2012 I am sure nobody needed them.

Nicholas Ward
(nrw4w)
cool on 01/04/2014 21:02:31 MST Print View

James, I don't mind at all. Any former hiker's opinion holds weight in my book.

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
GTX socks and Steripen on 01/04/2014 21:27:47 MST Print View

I liked the Gtx socks - and used them on the PCT for winter hiking Northern Washington as well as the Southern AT. About 500 miles of using them and though expensive I liked them and will continue to have them for my winter kit. An RBH Designs Vapor Barrier sock may do the same thing and be cheaper - I don't know.

I used the Steripen Adventurer Opti for all 2,181 miles of the AT, and after my Sawyer Squeeze permanently clogged up and blew out all the bags at mile 700 of the PCT, I switched back to my SteriPen for most of the rest of the trail (brought AM drops for the Winter finish - but should have just kept the Opti). With about 3,000 + Miles on the Opti it is BY FAR my favorite way to treat water. MY SECOND best method seen was the Platypus Gravity Works filter -- performed much better than what I saw of my using with the Squeeze. BULK buy Streamlight CR123 Batteries on Amazon and include two sets in a few resupplies along the way.

Nicholas Ward
(nrw4w)
thanks on 01/05/2014 00:14:45 MST Print View

Thanks Seth, I've read a lot of stories about older Steripens breaking and being unreliable - it sounds like they may have fixed some of the bugs with the newer Opti. I'll check out the RHB VB's and see what I think.