Gear I Wish I Had on the PCT


None of the gear in this video is what I would call a necessity since I finished my PCT thru-hike without it, but there were a few times where I wish I had …


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50 Responses to “Gear I Wish I Had on the PCT”

  1. Ian Fisher says:

    I live in Washington and I pack Seal Skinz gloves.

  2. Len Kerr says:

    I love how Washington is described as cold and miserable… LOL welcome to my world. It's why we call it the Pacific North"wet" It's like skiing in the Cascades, if you can ski our Cascade Concrete, you can ski anywhere.

  3. David Riddle says:

    neoprene diving gloves is what we use in special forces. hands will get wet but stay warm. treat the outside with 3M scotch guard

  4. Tom Haddon says:

    Go to a (snow) ski shop for the gloves and glasses.

  5. Reef Larkin says:

    as a skiier/snowboarder I have never found truly good, always waterproof gloves- luckily I have weirdly warm hands. There are sort of fleece-lined rubber gloves that might be an option (I assume you can buy them somewhere, I got them as part of a ski instructor outfit- like when I started working for a certain company).

  6. I grew up in WA and all I can say is: wool is my friend. It's lightweight and breathes yet is warm in that to the bone damp cold of WA in the sleet and wind and snow. Better snow than the icy sleet….but that's WA….rain is pretty much daily in western WA….which is also why is breathtakingly beautiful.

  7. Nat Gordon says:

    I like your videos, and as a newbie to the hiking and camping lifestyle, I think everyone else who is starting out would benefit from subscribing and watching these!

  8. A Nomalous says:

    3m safety glasses home Depot 5 dolla…

  9. A Nomalous says:

    Altimeter watches are not always correct.

  10. Kast brand Raptor gloves. Check these out, completely worth having a pair

  11. Adam Edwards says:

    I just watched this video and I’m wondering if you still need a multi-function watch?? If you do, I have a spare Casio gshock with an altimeter, compass, barometer, thermometer and all the other standard watch functions. Timers, alarms, shock proof, waterproof to 660ft etc. I’d gladly give it to you if u pay shipping. I have two of the same watch. Don’t ask. I’m a watch and gear nut and thought I needed 2 – 700$ dollar watches. Let me know

  12. Re: waterproof gloves – If needed for warm to cool weather, look at full-finger, non-padded cycling gloves. They're fairly durable and offer great dexterity.

  13. R K says:

    Outdoor Research and Marmot. Lots of choices in ski and mountaineering gloves and mittens. Many come in a separate liner and shell design. The liners are fine in dry, cold weather. Throw on the shells for max warmth and water resistance.

  14. You want an altimeter, but not deodorant! Wow!

  15. Dave Hoover says:

    Look at OR for the best in gloves. You will need them on the northern section of the CDT. Comfy!

  16. Brisdad53 says:

    The first time I flew into Seattle back in 1972, I saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said "Seattle Rain Festival… January 1 thru December 31". It was true.

  17. Chad Fuller says:

    That's y I live in Alabama and it's hot

  18. As i live in Northwest WA one learns to take the NW weather the way it comes … What i wear for winter gloves is, NF winter gloves and for the most part they do a good job of keeping out the rain and are warm.. The second pair i bought is made by OR and they are lined with Moon Fleece ( ya i like that ) i have never had cold hands wearing them in the winter months.. I do use trekking poles every time i hit the trail.. Hope that is of some help to you.. One can expect to pay $85.00-$110.00 range for the Gore-Tex winter gloves .. they work well for me..

  19. I have tried many different gloves I only have a problem w/extreme cold weather in my fingers there is NO perfect gloves I have found just like your body you must layer gloves starting w/ thin silk a thin wool then a heavy mitten IMPORTANT that you don't restrict blood flow by wearing tight gloves thinking about dexterity this will have you suffering in fingers

  20. As a WA hiker accustom to cold and rain, I use fingerless wool gloves ($10 at Home Depot). they keep your hands warm when wet and you don't have to remove them to handle gear.

  21. cmcer1995 says:

    I disagree with the Minimalist. They are often the ones that can mislead unsuspecting hikers into thinking lighter is better, faster, and safe. And when things don't go as they planned, S&R has to go get them. Just get in better shape to carry the weight, and take your time and enjoy the outdoor experiences instead of just sprinting by them. Electronics can and will fail. Carry a good topo map as well of the area you are hiking, and a good compass and take a class on how to navigate with them. Be Safe Out There.

  22. highonimmi says:

    fellow chick hiker. subbed

  23. Merino wool glove liner with Up-Size Showa Tempres 282 Gloves over the top. They are waterproof

  24. My guess would be to use the same theory for hands as the rest ofyour body and layer with various insulating then a shell glove. As for dexterity, that will be difficult in the wet cold conditions of the PNW because insulation will be too thick really.

  25. Jo Do says:

    Loosing your sunglasses all the time?
    Try fitting a pocket to the backstrap (or sternumstrap) of the backpack dedicated to your sunglasses. Also maybe have a very lightweigt piece of string attached to them to go around your neck. This way you can take them on and off as much as you like without loosing them!

  26. M14lvr says:

    Waterproof is a myth, it doesn't exist. Just get primaloft, wool, or similar. Primaloft can save your life. I ski with primaloft gloves and even soaked they are warm. Anyone with a rain jacket can tell you gortex or any other material WILL soak through.

  27. Consider Hestra gloves and mittens. Made for horrible conditions,

  28. While I too have always bought cheap sunglasses, my eyes have been hurt enough from the sun reflecting off snow while at altitude that (~20 years ago) I bought 'Glacier glasses' made by Julbo (Nikon does too) from REI. They are darker, are more UV resistant, block light on the sides & bridge of the nose, etc. The Julbo's currently cost ~$150, but for altitude, even without snow, it's an excellent investment. Eyes are too valuable to compromise either short or long term by using cheap glasses.

  29. Hi I am a construction worker and here is a trick we use. We go through gloves like water because of material handling in all kinds of weather. No matter what expense you use on gloves, if you put a pair of latex gloves or nitrile gloves under them it makes a difference. They are thin so they fit under what you are going to use. This extra layer is a moisture barrier and holds in the body heat. A box of these are realitivly cheap and do not take up a lot of space or add hardly any weight. Just try it out before you hit the trail and see if it works for you.

  30. What about crampons? Through the Sierra Nevadas with that have been worth it cuz I saw where you were trying on navigate and it looked like it was kind of sketchy

  31. Talk about rain gear, give names and thickness of the gear

  32. flydye45 says:

    So, with this recent endeavor completed, do you have any second thoughts on your assertion that carrying extra clothes is a bad thing? It seems an extra shirt or two might have come in handy. I might suggest if the weather had turned just a shade worse, that lack of gloves and clothing was actually dangerous.

  33. Dustin B says:

    I love my InReach. As a heavy electronic device it seems like a luxury but it's amazing how much piece of mind the ability to contact home or have an emergency SOS escape helps.
    You don't realize how much stress impacts physical performance until that stress is gone. The extra strength and confidence from having that "weight" off your shoulders completely makes up for the actual weight in ounces that it adds to your load.

  34. G Henrickson says:

    I believe the tip to hook the rescue device to your person at times is great. I never thought about losing all my stuff in a mishap. Thanks!

  35. Lab Monkey says:

    North Face makes some pretty decent water resistant gloves

  36. Bret Salyer says:

    A warm base layer for your core is the most important thing to keep your extremities warm. Your can try all the gloves, socks, and boots that you want, but they will still be cold if you don't warm your core. Your core is what warms the blood to warm your hands. Cold core = cold feet/hands. One or two degrees makes a world of difference.

  37. Sco Outside says:

    Sealskinz gloves are great. I use them in Scotland we have rain constantly and cold temp.

  38. Neil Mavin says:

    For gloves, go to the best Ski shop you can find, and spend the money on a top quality pair of Gore-Tex gloves with thinsulate…… you won't regret it. The five most important things you can have in the outdoors in winter conditions and snow is 1st the best pair of boots for you that you can afford, and second best pair of gloves you can have, third the warmest balaclava or full face cover with hat / hood that you can find, fourth a good pair of light weight goggles (also recommend ski goggles as a long term winter camper).. of course Gore-Tex and thinsulate jacket/pants are highly recommended as well… no messing around in Washington's snow  conditions…. especially in winter. One good thing about Washington, at least the snow there doesn't get as damp as other places. Its kind of a weird dense mountain type of snow that never packs all that well, like the damp wet snow of the east that packs easily.

  39. On Gloves, my convertible Woolrich glove/mittens have saved me at -10ºF and never stay wet, They breath and stay warm. I also have a water proof mitten cover that is thin in case it gets real bad. Layers for hands is like everything else.

  40. Wyatt Roer says:

    A hat will help reduce glare from the sun plus sunglasses

  41. Seal Skinz waterproof gloves. They have waterproof socks as well…

  42. battaglia101 says:

    Seal skin gloves. I know this was a while ago but they are completely waterproof. I live an hour from Snoqualmie Pass and I use them all the time.

  43. Denis Phil says:

    I can't afoord extra expensive gloves and i really love to hike and bikepacking, my solution is…rubber for dish washing or like in my work as a cleaner ;o))) use XL over my wool gloves and the rain coat covers it…perfect…I have handy gummy rubber in case I have t tide it in my wrist to avoid water getting in. Greets from Switzerland

  44. ”Dadgum”… love your videos

  45. If you want waterproof gloves then get a pair of Marigolds – you know the yellow rubber cleaning ones…Seriously though – waterproof doesn't really exist as they all have a massive point of failure – the big hole that your hand goes in. What you want is warm even when wet – a good pair of cycling gloves will tick all the boxes – highly water and wind resistant, lightweight and warm even when soaked through. Other than that sealskinz make some awesome gloves (and socks).e.g.

  46. Dr. Saw says:

    Retired Timber Faller in Washington believes wool gloves 70% or better, under a waterproof shell glove, protects from rain & snow while still allowing air flow better than anything on the market. Working in real blizzards I've had to double up the wool glove on each hand. IMHO, base your extreme cold weather survival glove system on two military 70% wool glove liners that fit comfortably, not tightly under your waterproof shell. One wool liner is almost always adequate. Two pair allows change out. Turn waterproof shell glove inside out at end of day. Ski gloves are fine for all day skiing on Saturday, but will fail you utterly on a day after day winter mission. Your sweat fill's it with water that cannot dri overnight. Wool liners can be "wrung out" if drenched, unlike ski gloves. There's a huge variety of rubber gloves that will make a good anti ice water shell, but it must not be tight fitting. Oil'd leather gloves over wool is how they did it "old school" if you're wondering. Wool, thousands of years ago or today, samey same. Still a survival implement. There's an old logging joke, " If there was something better, God would have put it on sheep". Happy Trails!

  47. I always carry a set of silks because they pack down to nothing, you can easily forget about them, but if you need to double up on the base layer then they are very handy.

  48. Bill McRib says:

    A little late, but I use a pair of fleece liner gloves with a pair of nitrile exam gloves over them when it's raining.

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