Gear List

What should I take backpacking?

What gear brands do you like?

What equipment do you use?

What camera do you have?

These are questions I’m asked all the time and I’m happy to answer here.

Tackling the great outdoors is such a fullfilling way to spend your time. Consideration of the gear you wear and the equipment you use can be the difference between it being something you try once or something that evolves into a lifelong passion.

Furthermore having the proper items is a key factor in your activity being safe and you returning back to enjoy it another day. Take the time to learn about the 10 Essentials so you are prepared for a multi-day hike or a half day walk in the local woods.

As a disclaimer some of the gear I use and have reviewed is through relationships with businesses that support my efforts to bring the outdoors to you.

One of those companies is Valhalla Pure Outfitters Nanaimo . Mike James is the Manager of this terrific local shop and has helped me with pretty much every purchase in my kit. From clothing to tents and technical climbing gear they have everything I need and recommend them for their expertise and selection.

Dakine Poacher 45L backpack

Personal Outerwear either Worn or Packed

Backpacking Equipment

For an update on my work towards ultralight backpacking swing over to my newest backpacking post, Lightweight Backpacking Gear List for 2021.

Electronics/ Camera

  • Sony Alpha a6500 camera (Lens 35mm, 10-18mm, 16-50mm, 55-210mm or 18-105mm)
  • Delorme inReach two-way satellite personal communicator
  • Garmin Instinct gps smartwatch
  • Iphone 12 Pro ( I use a combination of CalTopo & Viewranger for navigation)
  • 10,000 mah battery pack with dual usb charge ports

Shelter, Sleep and Cooking Equipment

  • MSR Hubba NX Solo (my primary go to ultralight tent)
  • Mountain Hardwear skyledge 2 UL tent
  • Outdoor Research helium bivy tent
  • Thermarest NeoAir Xlite sleep pad (primary)
  • Exped Synmat UL7 sleep pad (spare at home)
  • RAB Neutrino200 800 down sleeping bag ( 1c limit )
  • Marmot Plasma 30 850 down sleeping bag ( -9c limit )
  • MSR pocket rocket stove
  • MSR titanium cup and titan kettle
  • Sea to Summit long handle titanium spoon

Check out my post,  How to Pack for a 3-5 Day Backpacking Trip to get a little more insight on how I chose my equipment. Then check out the followup article, Easy Way to Pack Your Backpack . Also for great resources on all of this gear are my two very popular posts.

Technical/ Climbing Equipment

  • Black Diamond mountaineering harness
  • Grivel G10 mountaineering crampons
  • Petzl Leopard hybrid ultralight crampons
  • MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes
  • Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe
  • Black Diamond Half Dome helmet
  • Black Diamond ATC-Guide belay
  • Black Diamond and Petzl carabiners
  • Black Diamond camalots
  • DMM walnut stoppers
  • Maxim 30m 8mm Unity rope (x2)
  • Mammut and Black Diamond asstd slings
  • Dakine SC shovel and probe

To properly put your technical equipment to use whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, or hiking, I might make two suggestions.

First, be part of a historic club for mentorship and friendship. Here on Canada’s west coast I am a member of the Alpine Club of Canada and the Island Mountain Ramblers often leading many trips for new and old members alike.

Secondly, get the training and education needed to be safe in remote and wild locations. Personally, I can’t recommend Jan and his team Island Alpine Guides based out of Cumberland here on Vancouver Island in BC enough. I had a blast on his 3-day IAG Mountain Skills Fly-In Course .

I hope you find my hiking, backpacking and mountaineering gear list helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.