Here is a list of gear that I use for both my day hikes and backpacking trips.
Osprey Stratos 34 Pack
I like this pack as it has enough carry just about everything I need for my day hikes. This can be used for basic overnight trips as well, as such has a sleeping bag compartment which actually works gear to stash your fleece or rain jacket.
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
These have been my brand of shoes for years.
Cascade Tech Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
After losing one of my expensive Leki poles after a hike, I decided to switch to a lower cost option (Costco). They have stood up to the hundreds of miles hiking,
HART Outdoor Day Hike First-Aid Kit
Part of my 10 essentials that I carry.
Garmin InReach Mini
I never have to worry about not being able to reach help having this clipped to my pack.
Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp
While not always in my pack, when I am on a longer hike, I will toss this headlamp into my pack in case I need some additional light on the trail.
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack
I decided to stay in the Osprey family when I got my first backpack. This pack as worked very well on my various trips.
REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 1
This tent has been a good choice for my adventures. I like the ease of setup after a long day of hiking.
REI Co-op Magma Trail Quilt
Initially, I used a traditional mummy-style bag, but found myself fighting it while I sleep. I decided to switch to a quilt and it has worked very well with my sleeping style.
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus
When fully inflated it provides a nice cushion to sleep on. It also has a nice R value, so it pairs well with my quilt.
Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow
This pillow offers some nice support for my head and neck.
A recent addition to my backpack kit is this seatpad. It is very light and made from recycled materials. It was nice to has cushion to sit on during my meals, and as a mat in front of my tent.
BearVault BV500 Journey Bear Canister
When my backpacking trips require proper food storage, this is my solution to keep my food safe from critters of all sizes.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
My go to cooking system.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
For my non-desert hikes, this is the water filter system I rely on.
Sea to Summit X-Mug
It was only my second backpacking trip that I learned that it has measurements on the inside…
Sea to Summit X-Bowl
I don’t alway bring this along on my trips, as I usually am eating my meals directly from their warming bags.
Snow Peak Titanium Spork
Switched to this spork on my last trip, as I found I was really only using my spoon in my utensil kit that I initially carried.