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


Equipment & Clothing for High Route 2021




On the completion of each JMT and High Route hike, I've made adjustments to my equipment for the following year; taking advantage of newer designs that are lighter and more functional. During 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, was near 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 2021, I'd re-equipped with an Osprey Exos Pack, Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 tent, Bearikade food canister, titanium JetBoil stove and Thermarest inflatable mattress. Using this latest equipment on today's hikes, I now travel with a basic weight of 16 lbs ... a delightful change, and very doable for this octogenarian hiker.

Disclaimer: I've not promoted 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 has worked best during my 2021 hiking trips. In 2022, I may well change out some items in favor of what I consider to be more desirable and useful for the task.

┬ęPeter W Tremayne 2021, Reno, NV.



My Current Weight Breakdown for 2021 Backpacking


Weight: lbs - ozs

Osprey Exos 58 Pack (2020 version), with rain cover 2 lbs 9 ozs
Western Mountaineering MonoLite 35°F Sleeping Bag 15 ozs
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2, two person tent (2019 version)- packed, with pegs and footprint 2 lbs 14 ozs
Thermarest UberLite inflatable sleeping mat and Exped inflatable pillow 10 ozs
Bearikade Weekender II bear-proof food canister: 7 day capacity 1 lbs 15 ozs
JetBoil MicroMo stove -without fuel canisters 13 ozs
Dish, cup, spoon, head-lamp, pocket knife, fire lighter, shovel 15 ozs
750 ML water bottle, 2 liter Hydrapak bladder and BeFree water filter 9 ozs
Sunscreen, bug-spray, liquid soap, reading-glasses 7 ozs
Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone and Garmin inReach Mini SatCom device 9 ozs
Anker 10,000 mAh battery for charging smartphone and inReach Mini 6.3 ozs
Clothing loaded in pack during good weather hiking: Arcteryx Zeta FL Jacket, Ghost Whisperer puffy, Polatec tights, Arcteryx puffy , spare socks, small towel, light gloves, beanie and Luna sandals 3 lbs 9 ozs
TOTAL WEIGHT - without food, water or stove fuel 16 lbs

Food & Fuel Calculations

Dehy for dinner & breakfast, plus 2-3 food bars. Weight per person per day (providing approximately 1700 calories per day) 1 lb 2 ozs
Fuel cans for the JetBoil - weight per person per day, including can weight 1.5 ozs



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My Bearikade Weekender canister with Jetboil MiniMo sitting on top
My Osprey EOS 58 pack on Bighorn Pass
"I Want to Be Free". The excellent, easy to use water filter from BeFree
My Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 complete with its large and effective rainfly