What’s in my backpack? Summer 2014 edition

I wanted to post a detailed page of what is currently in my backpack. These are the items that I carry, for various reasons. These are, in my opinion, some of the best pieces of equipment on the market. If you have any questions or comments, post them here! I’d love to hear what you think, and what’s in your pack.



*Granite Gear Leopard A.C. 58.

Sierra Designs Lightning UL2

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt (37 F)

Sea To Summit eVent dry compression stuff sack

Big Agnes Double Z, or Big Agnes Insulated Q Core SL sleeping pad

Kelty Luxury Pillow

MSR Windpro 2 stove

Esbit Titanium Cook Pot

REI Campware Longspoon

Black Diamond ION 2014 headlamp

Gear Aid Seam Grip field repair kit

Light My fire Fireknife

50 feet of Paracord

Brunton 2090g Compass

Outdoor Recreation Group Ultimate Drysack (as food bag)

Medical Kit consisting of moleskin, liquid bandage spray, medical tape, ace bandage, band aids, Ibuprofen, tweezers, alcohol pads, antibiotic ointment, etc

Picaridin bug spray


Platypus 2 liter bottle, and  two 1 liter bottles

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter with backup katadyn water tablets.

Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

Columbia Rain Pants (need to upgrade these, not very good)

Light My Fire Firestarter

Sometimes, I will also carry A Thermarest Z-seat, or Byers Easy Traveler Hammock if conditions are right.


* Replaced the Crown V.C. with the Leopard A.C. 58. The beefier suspension, padding and organization won me over.


3 thoughts on “What’s in my backpack? Summer 2014 edition

  1. It must be an Appalachian Mountain thing. We share many of the same quirky gear choices. Even the crappy Columbia rain pants. LOL Really enjoy your site.

    1. Haha. Yeah it must be. I’ve never much cared for rain pants, so i hadn’t put much thought into them. Although, i recently changed to the loke rain pants from Helly. I’m glad you enjoy the site! That means a lot.

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