Backpacking gear selection is very personal and always a work-in-progress. I own a variety of packs, bags, tents, mats and clothing and have been known to switch mid-hike when one bit of kit didn’t quite work out as planned.

That being said, I include my pack list to help you with your own sorting out of gear. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes or if you have any questions.

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When I purchased the iPhone that would become my camera, typewriter, microphone, editing studio and means of communication with the
Gusts were at “extreme gale” in exposed areas and squally showers blew sideways the day I crossed Nelson Lakes National
Anita Hike! – thanks to kristenwaggles for her avatar name suggestion and to those of you who played along. You
The Blissful Hiker packs her ultralight gear for New Zealand.
The Blissful Hiker Alison Young packs ultralight gear to ready to go to New Zealand.
The Hammock Gear quilt looks like a prop from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
A quilt opens beneath you and puts the down feathers on top. where you need them.
I had 25 ounces at a rolling boil in about four minutes.
I had 25 ounces at a rolling boil on my 3 ounce stove in about 4 minutes.
Olive Oyl, my Granite Gear pack that carried my home, my life, everything I needed on the Te Araroa.
The Blissful Hiker's packed weight for 5 months on the Te Araroa is under 15 pounds.
The "alicoop," a Tarptent Notch Li built for one.
In Silent-Film-style, the Blissful Hiker sets the "alicoop" and finally crawls in for a little shut eye.
At only three ounces, the Black Diamond Spot is a great little light with lots of functionality, if you can just remember how to turn it on and off.
The Black Diamond Spot is only 3 ounces with loads of functionality, but I can never remember the steps.
My Leki poles keep me upright in 80 mph gusts.
I swear by foldable, bomb-proof Leki trekking poles to keep me upright.
Set up is a snap for my ultralight and rugged tarptent, named the"alicoop" by followers.
My Granite Gear Crown 60 is named Olive Oyl.
Followers named my superbly designed, lightweight but rugged Granite Gear pack, Olive Oyl.
I leave for Northern England and the Coast-to-Coast in six days and until a few moments ago, I was still
alicoop! My tent doesn’t look like much but, as an estate agent might say, 'It is air-conditioned and has exceptional
Which mattress do I take for the 192 miles of England’s Coast-to-Coast in June? There’s only one way to find
I need help choosing footwear for the Coast to Coast walk in June. What do you think? Forget not that
This is my new tent for the Coast to Coast walk next month. Let the beauty of what we love
The Ten Essentials are the minimum amount of gear one should carry to be safe in the backcountry.