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Autumn Lightweight Backpacking Gear List


Here’s the gear list I used in on my last section hike over Mt. Greylock and up the Appalachian Trail into Southern Vermont during the long Columbus Day weekend. Designed for mid-autumn, it is a good deal heavier at 15 lbs. than the 10-11 lb. base weight I was able to get by with during the summer months this year.

Most of the additional weight comes from the inclusion of a full tent and heavy duty sleeping pad to provide additional warmth for nighttime temperatures in the 20 to 30 degree F range. Under these conditions, I’ve found it useful to replace my tarp or Six Moon Lunar Solo tarp tent with a Black Diamond Firstlight tent made from highly breathable EPIC fabric. This is a self standing single walled tent that is fully enclosed and cuts the wind, but is breathable enough to produce minimal internal condensation even when the screened windows are completely closed all night. It’s used by backpackers and mountaineers as a 4 season tent although it’s often labeled by retailers as a 3 season one. At only 43 oz., it’s really a great lightweight component for cold weather camping.

My sleeping pad, an Exped Downmat 7 is filled with goose down and is 2.5 inches thick, making it extremely warm to sleep on when the ground is cold. On my last trip, I was sleeping between 10 and 11 hours a night on this pad, in part due to exhaustion and in part because sundown was before 7pm. Having a warm pad under these conditions is essential, since you’re going to be stuck in your tent for much longer given the shortened daylight hours.

Six Moon Designs Starlite Backpack 25.0
Gossamer Gear Backpack Liner1.7
3/4 Gossamer Gear Nightlite Sleeping Pad3.3
Plastic Whistle0.1
Equinox Pack Cover3.2
REI Mini Thermometer0.3
Victoronix Knife0.7
Skunklight Solar LED Light0.6
Sleep System
Black Diamond Firstlight Tent and Poles43.0
6 Titanium Shepard Hook Stakes2.0
Exped Downmat 7 Insulated Sleeping Pad33.8
Sea-to-Summit Waterproof Sack1.0
Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20 Sleeping Bag29.9
Patagonia Capilene 2 Jersey6.5
Patagonia Capilene 3 Bottom Long Underwear7.5
Brunton LED2.3
Extra Clothing
1 pr REI Polycro sock liners1.0
1 pr REI Wool Socks2.7
Cocoon Polypro Vest6.4
Golite Reed Rain Pants6.4
Outdoor Research Celestial Jacket9.8
black polypro glove liners1.2
Mountain Hardware polypro hat0.8
EMS balaclava1.0
1 REI Boxer Synthetic Underwear3.6
Pro-tec Illiotibial Band Strap1.0
2 x 3L Platypus Bladder2.8
Platypus hose and bite valve2.1
General Ecology First need water filter/purifier15.6
Gear Repair and First Aid Bag7.7
MLD bear bag system (bag, rope, rock sack, carbiner)3.1
OPSACK odor barrier bag1.1
Snow Peak 700 titanium pot and lid4.2
Snow Peak Gigapower titanium stove in plastic case3.8
Long handled titanium spoon0.4
DIY Freezer Bag Cozy1.7
Suuno a-10 compass0.9
digital camera + extra battery6.6
15.3 lbs.

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