#11 | Thru-Hiking Gear: Regrets, Upgrades, and Best Advice (Group 2)

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Gear. For some people it's their favorite topic in the world, for others, it results in a shoulder shrug and an eye roll. But whether you love or hate gear talk, there's no way around it: what you carry on your back, plays a big role in how much you enjoy your hike. More precisely, getting it wrong the first time, can be emotionally and financially draining.

-Check out the full list of what our hikers changed in the show notes below-

Today our hikers share what they've sent home, what they've upgraded- really an overall glimpse into their gear systems thus far.

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In today's show, we hear from:

PCT HIKERS
  • Karthikeya Nadendla
    • Sent home Big Agnes Air Pillow, but is considering retrying on trail, or trying Sea to Summit Pillow
    • Started with New Balance Summit Unknowns, swapped out for for Altra Timps after heel pain
  • Laura Stewart
    • Sent home cook set cup accessory
    • Forwarded the larger snow basket option for trekking poles
    • Dropped Patagonia long-sleeve button-up in favor of long-sleeve sun shirt
    • Removed netting from Outdoor Research skort and paired with men's boxer briefs
    • Added sun gloves
    • Sent home Injinji toe socks liner and is using a single layer Darn Tough sock
    • Considering adding a sun umbrella
  • Julie Klazynski
    • Switched Sawyer Micro for a Sawyer Squeeze
    • Planning to send home: mug, stove, mace, extraneous toiletries (lotion, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Liam Purtle
    • Sent ahead microspikes
    • Bought larger size shoe (went from 10.5 to 12)
  • Eric Dernbach & Alison Dernbach
    • Upgraded to Altras with wider fit
    • Sent home: mug, extra pair of long underwear, pack cover, first aid kit, book
  • Angie Kane
    • Swapped out hiking shorts in favor of hiking pants for sun protection
    • Upgraded to Sawyer Mini from Sawyer Micro
    • Added Injinji liners
    • Sent home shorts, sleeping pants
    • Received from home: yoga shorts with pockets, cheap leggings (to replace sleeping pants)

Check out our suggested PCT Gear List.

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