The gathering at Guitar Lake. JMT hikers on their last day before climbing Whitney & out

 

Equipment & Clothing for JMT 2016


 

 

 

On the completion of each JMT hike, I've made adjustments to my equipment for the following year; taking advantage of new designs that are lighter and more functional. In my early days on the JMT, 2002 to 2006, I utilized existing alpine climbing equipment: sturdy internal frame packs, very warm sleeping bags - heavy and bulky, bomb-proof 4-Season tents, alpine clothing and a Garcia food canister. Basic weight without food, fuel or water, close to 35 lbs.

For hikes from 2007 to 2011, I'd moved to a Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian pack, a BearVault food canister, an MSR Whisperlite stove, a Black Diamond Firstlight tent and lightweight effective clothing. These changes brought the basic weight down to 22 lbs

By 2014, I'd re-equipped with an Osprey Exos Pack, Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 tent, Bearikade food cannister, titanium JetBoil stove and a Nemo inflatable mattress. Using this latest equipment on JMT hikes, I now travel with a basic weight of under 19 lbs ... what a delightful change, and so very, very comfortable.

Disclaimer: I'm not promoting any specific manufacturer, brand or design for personal gain. Over many years in the mountains, I've tried, used, disliked and discarded clothing and equipment from many sources. My current inventory of gear is what worked best during the 2016 hiking trips. In 2017 I may change out some items in favor of what I consider to be more desirable and useful for the task.

┬ęPeter W Tremayne 2016, Reno, NV.

 

 


The Final Weight Breakdown for 2016 Backpacking

Item

Weight: lbs - ozs

Osprey Exos 58 Pack, with Cuben rain cover 2 lbs 7 ozs
Western Mountaineering Ultralite 15°F [overfilled] Sleeping Bag 1 lb 15 ozs
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2, two person tent [2014 model]- packed, with pegs and footprint 2 lbs 9 ozs
Nemo inflatable sleeping mat and Exped inflatable pillow 1 lb 1 oz
Bearikade Weekender II bear-proof food canister: 7-8 days capacity 1 lbs 15 ozs
JetBoil Sol Titanium stove -without fuel canisters 8.5 ozs
Dish, cup, spoon, head-lamp, pocket knife, fire lighter, water puri tablets, shovel 1 lb 6 ozs
Half liter water bottle, 2 liter water bladder and Sawyer Mini in-line water filter 6.5 ozs
Sunscreen, bug-spray, liquid soap, sun-glasses 10 ozs
Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone and DeLorme inReach sat-com device 15 ozs
Suntactics Solar Panel for charging smartphone 8.5 ozs
Clothing loaded in pack during good weather, daytime hiking. Includes: Marmot Essence jacket, Polatec pullover, Polatec tights, padded pullover, spare socks, small towel, light gloves, beanie and water shoes 3 lbs 15 ozs
TOTAL WEIGHT - without food, water or stove fuel 18 lbs 3 ozs

Food & Fuel Calculations

 
Dehy for dinner & breakfast, plus 2-3 food bars each day. Wgt per person per day (providing approximately 1700 calories per day) 1 lb 3 ozs
Fuel cartridges for the JetBoil - weight per person per day, including can weight 2.5 ozs

 

 

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My Bearikade Weekender canister with Jetboil Titanium sitting on top
My Osprey EOS 58 pack ready for the trail
-including the solar panel array on top.
My roomy [for one] & rainproof Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 at Evolution Lake
My Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 ready for sleeping with NeoAir, Exped pillow and W.M. bag.

 

 

 

Using a simple gravity feed system for my Sawyer Mini in-line water filter