March 29, 2015 / Comments (4)

John Muir Trail Gear List

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This gear list was used for my 15 day thru hike of the John Muir Trail. I encountered temperatures ranging from 30-100 degrees. In late July it is generally warm and dry and you can expect afternoon thunderstorms. On my hike I experienced an unusual 2 1/2 days of rain, but had much luck with my clothing and gear choices with this unexpected weather. Water is abundant throughout the hike so carrying 1.5-2 liters of water at a time was typical. The biggest concerns among hikers preparing for the JMT are altitude and bears. My heavy, but necessary bear canister was the only solution needed for the latter concern. Going lightweight made it possible for me to cover more miles and have a really enjoyable hike.

CategoryGear SelectionWeight (oz)Details
PackingGossamer Gear Mariposa23.7Removed aluminum stay and sit pad.
Sea to Summit Ultra Sil XS Stuff Sack0.5for packed clothing
Gossamer Gear Q-Ditty Small0.2ditty bag for small essentials
Bear Vault 50041Mandatory on the JMT- BV500 carried 7 days of food well. Heavy but it's a good price plus it's see through and waterproof
ShelterSix Moon Designs Wild Oasis13
Gossamer Gear LT4S Trekking Poles9.2weight for two poles
SleepingWestern Mountaineering UltraLite 20 Degree Bag29
Klymit Inertia X-Lite6.1
Polycryo Groundsheet1.6Use 1 medium for shelter groundsheet. Also doubles as my pack liner
Worn Clothing Smartwool NTS Micro 150 T-Shirt3.2very comfortable and does not smell after daily use
Smartwool Maybell Skirt7.1Will never go back to hiking pants!
Injinji Run Socks1.0
Moving Comfort Women's Fiona Bra3.2
Patagonia Barely Hipster Underwear0.8
Brooks Cascadia 89.8wore Salomon Sppedcross 3's on my JMT hike. I felt they were too narrow for me. These shoes fit better for my feet.
Dirty Girl Gaiters1.1
Packed ClothingBackcountry Hadron Down Anorak8.0packs small to keep in my pack for cold summits
Icebreaker Everyday Leggings5.0for cooler days on the trail
Columbia 1/2 Zip Baselayer Top6.0
UV Buff1.3versatile- comes in fun patterns!
Rain Jacket4.2Mine is a discontinued EMS brand jacket.
Smartwool Hiking Socks1.6worn at night
HydrationSawyer Mini Water Filter2.0used with Platypus for inline filter. Great for refilling on really long day hikes.
Platypus Hoser (2L)3.0
Electronics/Small EssentialsSony Alpha a500013.7Heavier than my old camera, but great photos are worth the weight!
Light My Fire Spork0.6Stoveless on the trail. Planned no-cook meals.
Smartphone4.4Used Guthook's JMT App
Delorme InReach SE6.9Great for giving folks at home piece of mind. Much more reliable than the SPOT.
RAVPower External Battery 7.9
charger cords1
Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp3.0Great for in camp or night hiking
ditty bag4first aid, repair kit, sunscreen, bugspray, wet wipes, etc.
Diva Cup.5For dealing with "that time of the month" on trail
Tom Harrison Map Pack1.0carried only the sections I needed. Sent future pages in resupply.
Rite in the Rain Notebook2.2
Leatherman Multi Tool1.4
Weight SummariesIn OuncesIn Pounds
Base weight Not including items worn, food, and water20212.6
worn clothing26.21.6
Skin Out Weight Not including food and water228.214.2

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4 Responses to :
John Muir Trail Gear List

  1. erica says:

    Great gear list! I’m doing the JMT hopefully in 2016 and was curious about the Mariposa. I think I’m going to go with that pack. I also liked that you included your clothing as it’s been hard for me to find the right stuff. Thanks!!

  2. Niamh Walsh says:

    Hi, I notice you did not bring a stove, and this is what I am planning to do. Would you recommend it? Are there any good meals you discovered?

  3. Tom McCullough says:

    Why did you remove the aluminum stays in FOMA insert on your pack?

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