Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Runners

PCT Gear Review: Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Runners

Blistered, bruised and broken – that’s how most people’s feet end up after walking 2650 miles. A good pair of shoes is arguably the most important piece of gear when embarking on a thru-hike and as such it is not a decision to be taken lightly.
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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Tent

PCT Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Tent

Choosing a tent for the Pacific Crest Trail essentially meant buying a house for the next five months. It was not a decision to be taken lightly. Spending 10+ hours a day in constant discomfort –  aching, hot, cold, sweaty, exhausted –  by late afternoon there was nothing I wanted more than to crawl into my tent, eat dinner and fall asleep. My tent had to be as comfortable as possible while still providing adequate shelter from the elements. These were the main factors that led me to buy the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3. Read more

One week to go!

There’s under a week left to go until I am standing at the Mexican border about to hike 2650 miles across America. I should probably be feeling more nervous than I am, but it hasn’t fully sunk in yet and I think I’m still in denial that after all these years of planning my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike, it’s actually happening.

Most of my preparation for my hike is complete but there are still some last minute things I need to sort out before I am fully ready to embark on this 6 month adventure. Read more

Curbar Edge

PCT Practice Hike 2: Back to The Peak District

With two weeks left until our departure for the US, we decided one final practice hike was in order. We needed to both test out the remainder of our gear and ensure that being in such close proximity for 6 months on the trail won’t result in us killing each other/ourselves.

We chose Bakewell in the Peak District as our hiking location, with no reason behind this choice other than it was a place we’d both heard of. After calling several campsites which told me they weren’t taking tents due to recent bad weather and flooding – a good sign – we booked two nights at the Beech Croft Farm campsite just outside Bakewell. Read more

Chemin de la Mâture, Pyrenees

Ultralight Backpacking on the PCT

When you’re walking 2650 miles, bringing the wrong equipment is a great way to ensure failure. Yet while you don’t want to be unprepared, it’s always a good idea to reduce your pack weight where possible. This doesn’t mean that you should throw away your first aid kit, second water bottle and toilet paper for the sake of an easier hike, but it’s definitely worth looking at your gear before you set out and deciding whether it’s all really necessary. Read more

Summit of Mam Tor

PCT Practice Hike 1: The Peak District

With less than two months to go before my Pacific Crest Trail start date (April 24th), the time for preparing is quickly running out. Since I hadn’t done any serious walking in the last 6 months, I decided a practice hike was in order. It would give me a chance to remember what it’s like to not sit at a desk for 8 hours a day while at the same time testing out some of my new gear before the big day arrives. Read more

Blogging on the PCT

Blogging on the PCT

Despite my best efforts to bring my pack weight down, I have decided to make life on the Pacific Crest Trail a whole lot harder for myself by bringing about 3kg worth of technology, solely for the purpose of writing and maintaining a blog that probably only my family will bother reading.

The majority of my research for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail has involved reading endless blogs from hikers of previous years. The last couple of years I have followed a number of PCT bloggers, keeping up to date with their progress and getting a snapshot into their life on the trail. The one thing that fascinates me is how even though they’re all walking the same path at the same time of year, they have such distinct experiences and face their own unique challenges which make each hike completely different. Read more

Pacific Crest Trail Gear - Snow

My Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Below is a list of all the gear I will be taking with me on the Pacific Crest Trail.

I won’t be carrying all of it at the same time, as the snow equipment will be of no use to me in the desert and the California maps and extra water bottles will just be unnecessary weight once I get to Oregon and Washington.

I already own a vast majority of the gear listed but some of it I still need to obtain. I will also probably end up getting rid of or exchanging some of these items when I’m on the trail and adding extra things. There are still 3 months to go before I set off, so the list will almost certainly change. But in the meantime this is my best estimate of what I will need to take with me! Read more