PCT gear review: the small stuff

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15 Responses

  1. stacia says:

    thanks for your awesome, thorough, and surprisingly entertaining gear reviews! i’ve enjoyed them — lots of good info.

  2. Noelle says:

    I’m an inexperienced hiker, and your gear reviews are very helpful, thanks :-) I was just thinking that Zip-Locs would be very necessary for a hike so I was glad to read that you thought so too, ha!

  3. Bob Zimmerman says:

    This is one of the best reviews that I have read. GREAT job and THANK YOU!

  4. Hi Alice! Thanks for posting this. I have a question about your SPOT device – how long did the batteries last since you used the tracking mode all the time? I’m considering doing this for the JMT this year, but probably won’t if I have to carry a bunch of extra batteries.

  5. Elissa says:

    So enjoy reading your blog and am loving the gear reviews. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nancy says:

    VERY much enjoyed your comments Have re-read them several times. My husband and I are attempting (no, DOING) our first thru-hike in 2016 and I’m obsessing over details. You mentioned sugar in the med Kit. What is sugar used for? Thanks again for all the info!

    • Alice says:

      The sugar in the med kit is for emergency treatment of hypoglycemia or hypothermia. I carried hot chocolate packets for this purpose too, but in my food bag, and I ate them as I went… Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional; this is not medical advice.

      High five for doing a thru-hike next year — have an amazing time!

  7. Dogwood says:

    How are you adjusting to the different off trail diet? I’m surprised more LD hikers don’t have eating disorders after their LD hikes.

  8. Dogwood says:

    Hey, my User Pic looks like the Mucinex commercial glob. :-)

  9. Gary Hartman says:

    How did we keep our things from getting wet and storing gear during the bygone eras? We didn’t have any electronics to worry about. We didn’t have electronics to navigate with we used full size topo maps with compass and sometimes laminated the maps. We used stuff sacks not water proof just plane old stuff sacks. Then we would cover our entire pack with a big garbage bag if it rained. We also used garbage bags for rain gear. Just cut out holes for your arms. Worked great!

  10. London Nance says:

    Hey there! 😀 Thanks for keeping this blog up — we’re still reading it! :)

    “I liked thinking of it as going from being bipedal to being a quadruped.” ~ That’s exactly how I think about trekking poles, too! I tell people that they turn you into a four-legged animal. :) The Lord has saved me from some pretty nasty falls with those things, heh heh.

    Happy hiking!

  11. Thank you for the great content, been following your journey on the PCT with my 5 year old son, who loves your videos. We took him out on his first overnight backpacking hike this summer and he loved it, even if it rained a fair bit. You are a big inspiration, sometimes at bedtime.

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