Mindful

Explorer’s

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.

Mountain Hardwear Gear review Ozonic 70 outdry backpack Chris Istace

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.

 I’m also excited to work with Altitude Sports as an Online collaborator , a premier Canadian online source for outdoor technical clothing to enjoy all the seasons Canada can throw at you.

Dakine Poacher 45L backpack

Backpacking Personal Outerwear

Backpacking Equipment

  • Dakine Poacher 45L pack ski-tour backpack
  • Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 70L Outdry Backpack
  • Petzl Reactik headlamp
  • Black Diamond Distance FLZ trekking pole
  • MSR pocket rocket stove
  • GSI pinnacle soloist cookset
  • Adventure Medical first aid kit
  • 10 Essentials
  • Once you have the gear make sure you don’t forget the safety aspect of being outdoors. My blog post Leading and Planning for the Outdoors should help you get a good start.

Electronics/ Camera

  • Sony Alpha a6500 camera (Lens 10-18mm , 16-50, 55-210mm )
  • Delorme inReach two-way satellite personal communicator
  • Garmin GPS map62ST model
  • Iphone 7s
  • GoPro Hero4

Camping Equipment

  • MSR Hubba NX Solo
  • Mountain Hardwear skyledge2 UL tent
  • Outdoor Research helium bivy tent
  • Big Agnes insulated air core pad
  • Exped Synmat UL7 insulated air core pad
  • RAB ascent 300 650 down sleeping bag
  • Marmot Plasma 30 800 down sleeping bag
  • MSR pocket rocket stove
  • MSR titanium cup and titan kettle
  • Check out my post on the  Becoming a Backpacker in 5 steps to get a little more insight on how I chose my equipment.

Technical/ Climbing Equipment

  • Black Diamond mountaineering harness
  • Grivel G10 lightweight crampons
  • 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. In Canada I am a member of the Alpine Club of Canada 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 Mountain Fly-In Skills course.

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