This coming weekend I'll be flying out to California to spend a few days climbing Mt. Whitney with some friends. I don't always bother making gear lists, but for this trip I thought it would be a really good opportunity to put together a detailed gear list that I could share. Gear lists are a great way to keep track of what you are planning to take on a trip and a useful tool in helping you locate, inspect, and make sure that you have packed the items for a trip.
It's not included in the gear list I've embedded below, but I usually have three additional columns on the left that are labelled Find, Check, and Pack to help me go through the process of digging out items of gear, making sure that each piece is in working order or that it doesn't need to be replaced, and then a checklist for making sure that I have physically packed each item - there's nothing worse than starting out on a trip with the sudden realization that your water filter (that you cleaned and checked) is sat at home on your kitchen table!
For this trip I'm also bringing along a couple of luxury (optional) items that I don't usually take, like my Tenkara rod and line. I'll be climbing Mt. Whitney with Jason Klass who, besides being a gear geek like myself, is an expert in traditional fly fishing and Tenkara, in fact I'll be using some of the Tenkara flies that Jason tied on this trip.
So, here is my detailed gear list for the Mt. Whitney trip (.xlsx) or (PDF). I've grouped different areas of gear into "systems" so that I can easily see the total weight by each of the key areas. This also helps at the bottom of the gear list where I have the weight summaries. My total weight for this trip (including consumables) is under 20lbs which is pretty darn good in my book considering I am taking some optional items that I don't really need to. Take a look and see what you think.
Almost all of the gear I am taking with me has been used many times before and has served me well on previous trips, so I'm hoping there won't be any big surprises. But that's one of the fun things about backpacking, the unexpected can and does happen, you just have to be able to improvise.
What do you think of my gear list and the items that I am taking? If you have any questions about any of my gear or the format I've used for my spreadsheet, leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer.