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Jon’s Gear List

Shelter

Integral Designs Sil Poncho: 10 oz.

Groundcloth

Tyvek sheet (2′ x 8′): 6 oz.

Pack

GVP G4: 12.5 oz.

Sleeping Bag

Marmot Never Winter: 32 oz. (size long, 30°F down)

Stuff sacks (2)

GoLite Pouch: 1.6 oz.

Pad

Cascade Designs Z-Rest 3/4: 11.5 oz.

Stove

SnowPeak Giga Power: 3 oz.

Fuel

1 butane/propane canister: 13.4 oz.

Cookware

Snow Peak Mini Solo Cookset: 5 oz.

Headlamp

Petzl Zipka: 3 oz.

Water treatment

McNett AquaMira: 2 oz.

Camera

5 oz. disposable

Fleece hat

GoLite Frost: 1.75 oz.

Gloves

SealSkinz Waterproof Gloves: 3.5 oz.

Socks

Smartwool Ultra Cushion Mini Crew: 1.75 oz.

Patagonia Capilene Liner Socks: 1.75 oz.

H2O Bladder

Camelbak UnBottle: 7 oz.

Toothbrush and powder

Generic toothbrush (cut in half) and EcoDent powder, 2 oz.

Utensil

SnowPeak Titanium Spork: 0.6 oz.

Sunglasses

Cebe Athlon: 1.5 oz.

7 lbs. 13 oz. (124.85 oz.)

Microfleece zip-T

Sierra Designs Apex Zip Mock: 13 oz.

Long john bottoms

Mountain Hardwear eXtend Tight: 8 oz.

Swim trunks

Generic, 8 oz.

Fleece jacket

Beyond Fleece B1 Jacket: 22.5 oz.

Synthetic fill vest

Wild Things Primaloft Vest: 14.25 oz.

3 lbs. 15 oz. (62.75 oz.)

FOOD
Breakfast

Four 4-oz. packets instant mashed potatoes, 16 oz.
10 oz. hot cocoa, 10 oz.

Lunch
Five 3.5-oz. packets ramen noodle soup, 17.5 oz.

Snacks
18 oz. shelled pistachios, 16 oz.

14 oz. dried apricots, 14 oz.

Dinner
Four packets miso soup mix (2.5 oz. total), 2.5 oz.

Two 3-oz. packets vacuum-packed tuna, 6 oz.

3.66-oz. tin smoked mussels, 3.66 oz.

Two 4-oz. packets smoked salmon, 8 oz.

8-oz. packet stuffing mix, 8 oz.

5.9-oz. parmesan couscous, 5.9 oz.

5.6-oz. toasted pine nut couscous, 5.6 oz.

5.7-oz. mushroom risotto mix, 5.7 oz.

4 tea bags, 1 oz.

119.86 oz. = 7.49 lbs.

Total Pack Weight:

19 lbs., 3.6 oz. (307.6 oz.)

Trailwear

Rain hat

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero: 4.5 oz.

Long-sleeve synthetic shirt

Mountain Hardwear Synergy Shirt: 6.75 oz.

Windshirt

Polo RLX N2S Zip-T, 11.4 oz.

Long pants

Patagonia Talus Pants: 10.5 oz.

Underwear

Pearl Izumi X-Sensor Fitted Boxers: 1 oz.

Trail running shoes

Hi-Tec Perpetua (size 13): 32 oz.

4 lbs. 2 oz. (66.15 oz.)

Total Trail Weight:

23 lbs., 5.6 oz.

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