Long distance hiking gear

First of all, you should go as lightweight as possible.

To find out whats possible for you, it is a good idea to think about what you want to do. Enjoy a trail an entire hiking season, doing 10 miles per day or less? Or find your limits in distance you can cover per day?

Mr Matt Shafter did a lovely video about why you should go ultralight.

From the experienced folks (triple crown +) I think, Wired’s lists are the best to use as inspiration. Swami has a lot about gear on his webpage too.

My setup is thought for doing some miles per day and therefore lightweight. I wrote more about my thinking towards gear here and I also wrote a piece about shoes


This are the lists I am rolling with for 2021 and eventually a CYTC attempt.

See my summer setup here and my winter setup there. In the winter setup I included links to nearly everything. Some things need to be double checked still. I don’t want to freeze in a shelter in February for example.

Other gear I don’t have at the moment and I will get it shortly before leaving. It is possible, that some stuff gets upgraded until 2021. Nitecore could improve their headlamp with USB C and so on.

You always risk to buy something somewhen only to find out days before you start, that there is a newer version where they have fixed the biggest flaws. It is a fine balance between having tested a piece of gear and a newer version bought directly on trail.

As I have the possibilities, I try to go as sustainable as possible – you know in todays world you need to be aware of these issues, otherwise you risk to make Greta angry and this leads to bad luck and therefore a bear may snap you right in the rear.

Gear I no longer use, I do sell according to my fixed price system. The price is a third of the price I payed cheaper, then a third of the price the item costed me, when it was new. Out of courtesy I took the postal fees everytime until now, somehow as a little bonus for the buyer.