What to pack and what not to pack

Categories:Gear | Hiking Tech | PreTrail

That is one serious question.

Winter is closing in and my hiking days are closely drawing to a close on this hiking season. I am going to cram as many hikes and I can get in over the remaining weekends.  Once winter has set in I will continue my search for the perfect pack, best tent, and everything else that is needed on this amazing adventure. I will most likely end up over analyzing everything down to the socks I am wearing.

(side note #sockoff2011 is still in full swing just have not gotten back to the trail but I promise I will soon.)

When I did gear research nearly 10 years ago for my Philmont Trek in 2002 and even before then in 1998 it was rather simple to find the best gear. That was mostly due to the fact that there was not a whole lot on the market at that time. Sure by 2002 there was quite a bit out there but nothing like today.  I could read reviews about tents all day come up with a list of 10 and still not be able to narrow it down.

Sure I can hear some of you out there saying “Philmont is no where near as long as the Appalachian Trail!!”  You are correct but the thing is many of the things I take with me to Philmont will put my gear through its paces and provide a nice trial run. Some of the items on my list I know exactly what product im going to buy others I am still up in the air about.  I have come up with a  pre Philmont pre shake down packing list.  I will be in the near future also writing another post about my AT packing list and many of  it will be the same.  At Philmont a troop can choose to use some equipment that Philmont provides.  Some of these things include the tents, cooking pots, stoves, and a variety of other assorted ods and ends. Below you will find my list thus far.

Assorted Gear
backpack rain cover
hiking pole(s)
led headlamp
emergency whistle
small light weight lighter
knife / multi tool
parachute cord 6-10 feet
#2 pencil
Diary / small note book
Assorted sized ziplocs
assorted dry stuff sacks aka ditty bags
bandannas (2)

Boots (leaning towards the Asolo Fugitive Gtx)
Pants(3) pants will have zip off sections to be transformed into shorts.
Rain Coat
Camp shoes
light weight warm shirt/sweatshirt / fleece

Sleeping Gear
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bag Compression Sack
Sleeping Pad
Tent(potentially optional)
Light weight tent stakes
Eating Utensil(s)
Salt / Pepper
hot sauce
Small Storage bottles

Water Storage
Platty Bag Drinking System
Platty Bag Extra
nalgine bottle
Water Filter

Cleanup / Personal Hygene
unscented Soap (camp suds)
unscented lip balm
unscented sunblock
unscented toilet paper
camping towel
Duct tape

Digital Camera (nikon )
Extra Camera Batteries
Solar Charger
Memory Cards (SD)

This list is not set in stone. It is a ever changing living list that as time gets closer to Trail day It will be revisited hundreds of times and things added or removed.  I did miss one thing and that is the first aid kit. Philmont provides one that is built for the whole crew. Also with several other adults it may or may not be on my list depending on what everyone else is packing etc.

Happy Trails and more to come.


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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