Backpack Essentials for the Pacific Crest Trail

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.

Hyperion Down Jacket

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 Windshirt

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


Titan Kettle Cook Pot

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



Tikka Plus headlamp

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


Starlite Pack

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: 25 oz



ULA Equipment

Why: 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

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