My Lightweight Backpack

This is a lightweight backpacking dayhike or overnight and weekend outfit I carry for me to be well-prepared and comfortable and safe for temperatures down to 40° F because the milder temperatures like this have the most frequent occurrence of hyperthermia.

I must also be able to be comfortable at 15° F if the temperature drops suddenly because I hike in the mountains. This same clothing and gear will suffice.

If I do not allow myself to get overheated or chilled, this is quite comfortable for me. I am a warm sleeper. If cold at night, I eat a Snickers candybar and drink a little water to kick-start "central heating".

I have Croakies for my eyeglasses, because it is so easy for even the smallest branch to remove eyeglasses: some people carry spare eyeglasses, I have Croakies.

Most clothing is not really appropriate for staying outdoors.

I purchase nice looking, yet, highly specialized outdoor clothing.

Instead of a backpack, the same items could be carried in a waistpack or lumbar pack because they are lightweight and low volume.


  • HMG, Black Summit Pack w/accessory pocket
  • shelter

  • Hammock Gear, Burrow 20
  • Cascade Designs, XTherm small
  • Titanium Goat, Bug Net Bivy
  • Hammock Gear, Diamond Asymmetrical Tarp
  • Gossamer Gear, Polycryo Ground Sheet
  • outerwear

  • Pearl Izumi, UL Tight
  • Icebreaker, Everyday Half-Zip Top
  • Peckham, Silkweight Drawer
  • Mont Bell, U.L. Thermawrap Vest
  • Mountain Hardwear, Ghost Whisperer Anorak
  • Chaco, Zora Hiking Shoe and Good Feet MAX
  • Thorlo, TRMX Trail Running Socks
  • Panther Vision, Powercap
  • rainwear

  • LightHeart Gear, Hoodie Pack Cover
  • Equinox, Full Moon Ultralight Chaps
  • Helly Hansen, Svolvaer SouWester hat
  • toiletries

  • Eco Select, travelsize biodegradable wipes
  • Sea to Summit, Pocket Soap
  • ShamWow, cloth cut-down
  • Puffs Purse Pack, tissues
  • Toothbrush, travel size
  • Desert Essence, Tea Tree Oil toothpaste
  • Trim, fingernail clippers
  • Trim, scissors
  • kitchen

  • Zelph, StarLyte stove w/lid
  • Vargo, Titanium Sierra 750
  • Suluk46, titanium windscreen
  • SparkLite, w/extra flints
  • Snow Peak, Hybrid Spatula and Spork
  • Wysi Wipe, Biodegradable Towelettes
  • Platypus, 2-liter Gravity Works "Dirty"
  • Platypus, two .5 liter
  • Sawyer, Mini water filter
  • Katadyn, Micropur MP 1-Water Purifyer Tablets
  • AntiGravitygear, TreeLine Spectra 725 Line
  • Opsak food trash bag
  • Opsak food bag
  • Sufficient Food, Water, and Fuel

Optional Items worn, carried or in pockets

  • Thorlo, Light Hiker quarter length socks
  • Speedo, Surfwalker 2.0 Water Shoe
  • Outdoor Research, Exos Beanie
  • PolarWrap, Half Mask
  • Bug Baffler, Bug Head Net
  • Kafka, Original Kool Tie
  • simBLISSity, LevaGaiter
  • Lip Rescue, Tea Tree Oil lip balm
  • Serius, SoundTouch Liner Gloves
  • Suunto, M-9 Wrist Compass
  • Photon, X-Light Micro LED Keychain Flashlight
  • Storm Whistle, Orion Orange Smoke Signal
  • Walgreen's, oil-free sunscreen SPF 30
  • Adventure Medical Kits, Adventure First Aid .5 plus extras
  • Reynolds, oven bag
  • Snippit, bag cutter
  • Money, prepaid credit card, ID
  • LG, G2
  • permits

I practically always choose a midweight layer that has a mock turtleneck and a deep zip front. I choose tight-fit at ankles. I choose a wind shell that is somewhat close-fitting and reasonably water-resistant. In fact, all my outdoor clothing choices are somewhat close-fitting and made for ease of movement and reach.