On Tuesday April 29, Kirsten and Adrian Korosec began their attack of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Over the next five months, they will wind their way from Mexico all the way to Canada on foot. Before sending them off we rummaged through their things to find out what essentials they packed and why.
Feathered Friends Hyperion Down Jacket
Why: I looked wide and far for a down jacket that was warm and light. I found it. There are no substitutes.
Weight: 11 oz
Marmot Driclime Windshirt
Why: This is a warm lightweight and windproof jacket. Combined with the down Hyperion Jacket, it's hard to get cold. In fact, the Windshirt might be all that's needed.
Weight: 16 oz
MSR Titan Kettle Cook Pot
Why: Made of Ti for lightness and strength. A bit small at 850 ml but it sets the standard by which others are judged.
Weight: 4.2 oz
Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp
Why: This might be a bit heavy for some hikers but it's a good lamp that's light enough for all but the most ultra-lightweight trekkers.
Weight: 2.7 oz
Six Moons Designs Starlite Pack
Why: Carries well up to about 35 lbs. This is a great pack if you can keep under this amount of weight.Weight:
I love the side pockets on this lightweight backpack. While this is a bit heavier than other lightweight packs, I find it works well for me so far. The dual stays are good at distributing heavier loads.
Weight: 43 ounces Price: $225
Western Mountaineering Alpinlite
Why: 20 degree f down bag. A great bag: Wider cut than the Superlite and unfortunately a bit heavier.Weight:
1 lbs 15 oz