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The Pacific Crest Trail wanders through 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas, and 7 national parks, passing through 6 of North America’s 7 eco-zones. It starts in the desert, heads through the High Sierras, and ends in the dripping forests of Washington State.
That is a lot of change. I'll be experiencing huge temperature and terrain variance. So what do you take on a trip of this magnitude?
Above are a few shots of what I'll be carrying for the next five and a half months.
All in all, I am carrying 17 pounds of gear (that weight doesn't including food and water, but does include everything I'm wearing and my footwear). That is a far cry from the 12 pound base weight I was aiming for, but I have a feeling that I'll be jettisoning items on the road.
I love everything in my pack (and the pack itself!), so the additional weight seems worth it (at this point). I'll let you know what stays and what I send packing.
Note: What isn't with me is my bear canister, ice ax, microspikes, and heavy-duty rain gear. Those items will be meeting me further along the trail (if necessary).
Also, I haven't pictured my insane amounts of electronics. I'm carrying an external battery pack and quite a few cords so I can stay connected and blogging while on the trail.