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

 

Equipment & Clothing for High Route 2024


 

The inner bug screen of my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 HV tent

My BeFree filter and Squeeze bag.

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 mid-2023, I'd re-equipped with an Osprey Levity Pack, Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 tent, Ursack 10 L food bag, titanium JetBoil Stash stove and Thermarest inflatable mattress. Using this latest equipment on today's hikes, I now travel with a basic weight of 14 lb 13 ozs ... a delightful change, and very doable for an 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 2023 hiking trips. In 2024, 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 2024, Reno, NV.

 

 


My Current Weight Breakdown for 2024 Spring Backpacking

Item

Weight: lbs - ozs

Osprey Levity 60 L Pack , with Osprey rain cover 2 lbs
Western Mountaineering Ultralite +20 F Sleeping Bag 1 lb 10 ozs
Big Agnes UL1 Copper Spur HV tent packed, with pegs and footprint 2 lbs 11 ozs
Thermarest Neoair XLITE NXT sleeping Pad and Exped inflatable pillow 14 ozs
Ursack 10 L bear-proof food bag (not approved in National Parks) 8 ozs
JetBoil Stash stove -without fuel canisters 7 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 S22 smartphone and Garmin inReach Mini SatCom device 10 ozs
Anker 10,000 mAh battery for charging smartphone and inReach Mini 7 ozs
Clothing loaded in pack during good weather hiking: Arcteryx Beta Jacket, Ghost Whisperer puffy, Polatec tights, WM puffy , spare socks, small towel, light gloves, beanie and Flip Flops 3 lbs 11 ozs
TOTAL WEIGHT - without food, water or stove fuel 14 lbs 13 ozs

Food & Fuel Calculations

 
Dehy for dinner & breakfast, plus 2-3 food bars. Weight per person per day (providing approximately 1500 calories per day) 13 ozs
Fuel cans for the JetBoil weight per can when full. Good for 4 nites per can. 7 ozs

 

 

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My Titanium Jetboil Stash
My Ursack 10 Liter Food Bag and Osprey Levity 60 Liter Pack
"I Want to Be Free". The excellent, easy to use water filter from BeFree
My Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1