My Hayduke Gear Record – The Flight

As a Trek gear geek, it might nearly be felony to not make a submit about what gear I will be carrying on my subsequent journey. I am leaving very quickly for Moab, Utah the place I will be strolling straight from the airport to start out my Haydock “Means”. I say ‘path’ as a result of if you understand something about Haydock, you will agree that he’s the furthest factor from the path. The trek will contain numerous off-track navigation and climbing up and down valleys. As such, it takes numerous additional gear that I do not often take with me on a backpacking or climbing journey. Let’s get into it!

My gear checklist at a look

For these of you who simply need to learn the gear checklist, right here it’s! Your complete checklist is in base weight and it is all only for you. Maintain studying for extra particulars on what gear I take advantage of and why.


I am going to take the Gossamer Gear The One tent with me. I solely had an opportunity to set it up as soon as, so want me luck! Nevertheless, I have been utilizing non-freestanding trekking tents for some time now and do not count on many points. This will probably be an improve over my final tent, which had no flooring. I am positive I will be a good quantity of cowboy tenting on this journey too, so I wished one thing gentle, however nonetheless snug and The One meets this stripe. Love having the ability to open it up and look in when the climate is sweet too.


Hayduke has loads of long-distance water and meals luggage and I wanted a bag that might carry all of that comfortably and nonetheless be as gentle as doable. I made a decision to go along with the LiteAF Extremely 40L Curve with full suspension. It is sufficiently big to carry the whole lot I want, and it has snug padding for the shoulder straps and hip belt. I like the brand new Extremely canvas and the designs they print on. It’s waterproof, sturdy, and corrosion resistant and may face up to harsh desert situations. Among the extras I’ve included in my bag are the underside pocket, the tremendous stretchy mesh, and the shoulder strap pockets.

sleep system

As for my sleeping bag, I’ll be testing the brand new Zpacks 20F Mummy Sleeping Bag for a visit, so look out for this assessment! I have been a comforter consumer for a very long time, however I am excited to do this sleeping bag for a number of causes. It is tremendous gentle and nearly as gentle as my comforter. I sleep with my arms below my head they usually all the time really feel chilly in my arms, and it might be good to put on a mummy cowl to place them in. The bag will also be opened like a quilt in case you discover it too restrictive. My temps might drop into the 20s, however I feel they are going to often begin within the 30s in a single day and slowly rise round my time with the arrival of spring.

For my sleeping pad, I’ve the Nemo Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad within the common rectangular form. I have been utilizing this for a season already, and love this pillow a lot. It’s snug, gentle and heat. As well as, I may also be carrying a Gossamer Gear Light-weight Plate. I’ll principally use it as a pillow for sitting, however I can put it below my sleeping pillow for additional heat and safety too.


I count on temperatures under freezing to over 100 levels Fahrenheit in Hayduke, which makes it exhausting to pack garments for a hike. For heat, I am going to convey a Melanzana microgrid fleece jacket and my new Ibex Wool Aire hat. I may also be reviewing the Ibex hoodie, and I’m enthusiastic about this piece of substances! The insulation is merino as a substitute of down, which I discovered fascinating. It’s breathable and waterproof whereas being extraordinarily heat and lightweight. One other benefit is that you would be able to throw them within the washer, in contrast to a puff. Discover a full assessment of that too!

For a rain jacket, I am going to convey Out of doors Analysis’s previous Helium II with me, which is gentle and breathable however is not probably the most waterproof anymore. I feel it’ll suffice, and will probably be used rather a lot as a windbreaker.

I am going to convey alongside two pairs of pants, one fleece-lined for sleeping, and the REI Swiftland Hybrid Pants I reviewed earlier. I’ve a pair of cycling-style shorts, too, on scorching days. I’ve two shirts, a light-weight Mountain {Hardware} hoodie and a enjoyable climbing shirt. Whereas it is chilly out, I even have a base coat of REI that I am lastly sending house.


I am going to convey my trusty Pocket Rocket 2 range and a 750ml titanium pot from Toaks. I’ll principally simply boil water for my freeze dried meals and oatmeal. I’ve a long-handled titanium spoon, after all. I additionally take a Cnoc Buc bag so I can use much less zip-top plastic luggage and reuse them for a number of meals.

the sneakers

Since it is a climbing tour within the desert, I made a decision to have Chacos for my sneakers. I just like the Z1 with out the toe loop, and I customized ordered a pair to have a vibrating sole to maintain it secure on the rocks. I’ve accomplished numerous climbing within the desert and hate scooping up sand in my boots or getting them moist whereas climbing within the valley. I’ve by no means hiked lengthy in Chacos earlier than, however I’ve worn them in all places earlier than climbing and have taken brief journeys in them earlier than.


I am going to carry a 20,000mAh one with 10k of it being a Nitecore NB1000 and the opposite being Anker. I am speaking with me this fashion for security. My headlamp is a Nitecore NU25 that I’ve had for a very long time, and my Fitbit additionally got here with it.

fanny pack

I’ve been in love with this light-weight 2.5 liter Rooster Trumper Fanny Pack and can take it with me. It is going to comprise headphones, cellphone, sunscreen, Goodr’s sun shades, and all of the snacks my coronary heart needs. It is the right dimension for all that and for cruising round city whereas doing housekeeping, too.

Hayduke particular and opulent objects

Photo voltaic Panels: I discovered a $20 photo voltaic panel on Amazon that weighs 3 ounces, and added a shock wire to my bag so I might preserve it within the again and cost my battery packs. I usually by no means carry this, however within the desert I suppose I am going to get numerous solar and it is so gentle it could possibly’t harm. I feel this may be useful over durations of 7-8 days.

Extra water capability: I carry a complete of 9 liters of water capability. 5 are carry-size sensible water bottles, 1 liter is a Cnoc Vessica that folds up, and I’ve a Rooster Tramper Ultralight Gear shoulder strap to match. My final 3 liters is a Cnoc Versa bladder, which I hope I will not use a lot. It’s a excessive water yr so will probably be of nice profit. I am going to carry Sawyer Squeeze as a filter plus some AquaTabs

Tough ball: This cork therapeutic massage ball is nice for rolling in your ft, again, hips and anyplace else for ache reduction and weights lower than an oz. A good friend carried one on a weekend journey I took final fall and it was wonderful, I extremely suggest it.

Joby Tripod Cellphone Holder: I’ll be climbing by myself and may not see many individuals on the path, so I made a decision to put money into a small tripod to take photos of myself that I would not have been capable of take in any other case. Recollections matter! It is light-weight and adjusts to take a seat on uneven surfaces, good for the street!

Last ideas

I’ve omitted some important objects, similar to a common first assist equipment and toiletries however be at liberty to remark you probably have some other particular questions. All the pieces I eat is included in my gear checklist above and in my profile as nicely. You’re lastly prepared and excited to hit the path!

Zpacks Mummy Bag, Ibex Wool Aire Hoodie, REI Swiftland Hybrid Pants, and Rooster Tramper Ultralight Gear Fanny Pack have been donated for assessment.

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