Gothic Basin 2020

Jake's TPW was about 19.2 lbs, Lauren's was about 16.3 lbs. Lauren wore new boots (Merrell MQM Flex 2 Mid GORE-TEX, size 6). As always, she put her aftermarket insoles in them for arch support. The boots fit okay, though they could have been narrower in the toe box (even tightly laced, they're still a bit too wide). Traction left a lot to be desired, especially on mud. She slipped on the way down while stepping onto a muddy root and hurt her ankle a bit. She said the support felt squishier than she was used to. First time testing the Snow Peak Giga Power + Toaks 750 combo for cooking. It boils water pretty quick (especially if you leave the lid on) and it's really nice to eat out of; much better than a bag. Also first time using the Sawyer Squeeze, and so far I'm a big fan. It'll be fantastic on day hikes since it's so quick/low-fuss to use and the Steri-Pen isn't compatible with the narrow opening on a smartwater bottle. Squeezing smartwater bottles seems like it'll shorten their service lifetime some, but it should be possible to patch them in the field with tape and on an overnight trip I'm usually carrying two anyway. We tried at one point to use the Steri-Pen but it was acting up and even after changing the batteries it still wouldn't work, so I'm very glad we had the filter. FAK and repair kit are newly pared down. Anjan was overkill as usual in the summer – we had no rain and no significant wind. But we pitched on damp ground and it handled condensation like a champ, so no complaints. Tried Alpine Start instant coffee; it's damn good.

Packing List

Compact

Pack

3.82 kg
1
Jake's pack
REI Trail 40 (men's)
1304.08 g
1
Lauren's pack
REI Trail 40 (women's)
1275.73 g
1
bear canister
BearVault BV450
935.53 g
1
Lauren's daypack
REI Flash 18, plum
300.5 g

Shelter

1.73 kg
1
tent
Hilleberg Anjan 2
1530.87 g
15
tent stakes
MSR Groundhog (one)
13 g

Sleep System

3.02 kg
1
Jake's sleeping pad
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm (size regular)
425.24 g
1
Lauren's sleeping pad
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite (size regular)
340.19 g
1
Jake's sleeping bag
Feathered Friends Lark UL 10 (+2oz extra down)
965.87 g
1
spare sleeping bag
Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z (22°F)
1211.94 g
1
Jake's pillow
Sea to Summit Aeros (down, regular)
74 g

Water System

0.47 kg
1
UV pen
Katadyn Steripen Adventurer Opti
104 g
1
water filter
Sawyer Squeeze (with sport cap)
94 g
2
water bottle
Smart Water brand
39 g
1
Nalgene
Nalgene 1L (blue, REI branded)
191 g

Cookware

0.3 kg
1
stove
Snow Peak Giga Power
106.31 g
1
cook pot
Toaks 750 mL (with lid)
102 g
1
stove stand
JetBoil canister foot/stand
28.35 g
2
spoon
Toaks Titanium long handled spoon
20 g
1
firesteel
Swedish firesteel
28 g

Toiletries

0.16 kg
1
soap
Sea to Summit super wash soap
35.44 g
1
hand sanitizer
35.44 g
1
sunscreen
35.44 g
1
toothpaste
32.6 g
1
poo trowel
Deuce of Spades, #2 (in baggie)
20 g

Misc.

0.96 kg
1
signal mirror
unknown brand, 2.75″ × 4.25″
19.7 g
1
compass
Brunton TruArc 5
47.7 g
1
bear spray
Counter Assault 8.1 oz
301.92 g
1
knife
CKRT knife
30 g
1
Jake's sunglasses
Ray Bans
27 g
1
car keyfob
48 g
2
Lauren's trekking pole (one)
REI Carbon PowerLock, women's
196 g
1
first aid kit
custom
77.58 g
1
repair kit
tenacious tape, gorilla tape, gorilla glue, spare o-ring for filter
20.68 g

Electronics

0.8 kg
2
headlamp
Black Diamond Spot
88 g
1
flashlight
Coast G20
62 g
1
GPS beacon
Garmin inReach mini
101 g
1
lantern
Black Diamond Moji
121.9 g
1
Jake's cell phone
iPhone 6
129 g
1
Lauren's cell phone
iPhone XS (with silicone case)
210 g

Photography

0.41 kg
1
Lauren's camera kit
Sony RX100 Mark V, plus batteries and case
407 g

Clothing

1.25 kg
1
Jake's rain jacket
Outdoor Research Helium II
168 g
1
Jake's puffy jacket
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer
200 g
1
Jake's grey knit beanie
84 g
1
Jake's sun hat
Ex Officio grey baseball cap
53 g
1
Jake's merino long johns
Smartwool (mid-weight, small)
141 g
1
Lauren's long underwear
Odlo brand, small
175 g
1
Lauren's long sleeve hiking shirt
REI brand, heathered blue
226 g
1
Lauren's knit beanie
maroon, handmade
48 g
1
Lauren's olive sun hat
REI brand
90 g
1
Lauren's grey tank top
Ann Taylor
68 g

Consumables

0.21 kg
1
fuel
4oz isobutane fuel canister
205.53 g

Trip Details

Season

Summer

Duration

2 Days

Temperature Range

49° – 66°

Breakdown

Pack
3.82 kg
Sleep System
3.02 kg
Shelter
1.73 kg
Clothing
1.25 kg
Misc.
0.96 kg
Electronics
0.80 kg
Water System
0.47 kg
Photography
0.41 kg
Cookware
0.30 kg
Consumables
0.21 kg
Toiletries
0.16 kg
Base Weight
12.92 kg
Worn
0.00 kg
Consumable
0.21 kg
Total
13.13 kg