I figured I would compile a list of things I carried for my Thru Hike of the Colorado Trail as well as some of the things I ended up ditching or sending home along the way. 

I started June 25, 2020 and finished July 24, 2020. We did encounter snow and I have backpacked previously. I tend to sleep on the colder side. I always enjoy looking at other’s gear list especially another female’s list to help make decisions easier for me. So here it is:

Big 3:

Zpacks Duplex Camo (performed pretty well. I still got condensation even with sleeping with a door open. This happened towards the end and we blamed it on sleeping “in the clouds” or at higher elevation. We would have to stop mid-day and dry out the quilt and tent.)

Enlightened Engima Quilt 10 degrees (I slept with it cinched to my pad almost every night except the first night out of Denver)

Women’s NeoAir Xlite Thermarest

ULA Ohm 2.0


Montebell Pullover Puffy (used almost every night/morning) (no longer available on the site)


Buff cut in half (worn) 

Injii socks (worn)

Darn tough socks

Regular socks for sleeping

Patagonia Underwear (worn)

Smartwool underwear


Patagonia Barely Bra (worn)

Arc’teryx Beta Hybird Jacket

Anti-Gravity Rain Pants (used a few times)

Mountain Hardwear Sun Hoody (worn)

Mountain Hardwear Dynama Shorts (worn)

Compression socks (worn)

Polarized Sunglasses (worm)

Outdoor Research Sun gloves (worn)

Outdoor research sun hat (worn)

Puffy Montbell Anorak jacket


Altra Lone Peaks 4.5 (started to rip around mile 343) I duct taped them and made them last

Xero sandals (camp shoes)


Sea to summit long spoon

MSR pocket rocket


550ml Toaks pot


Garmin InReach

iPhone 8

10,0000 Anker (never ran out of battery)

Anker 2 port charging block

Various charging cords 


Zpacks Bear bag Kit (only couldn’t hang my food a handful of times. I slept with it above treeline. When I had little to no food, I shoved it in my friend’s Ursack).




Contact solution 


Mini Knife

Emergency paracord braclet (worn)

Mini lotion 


2 Smartwater bottles 

Katadhin Be Free


Small Gaterade bottle 

Med kit:


Allergy pills 

Vitamin I



Sea to Summit Pillow

Base weight-12-13 lbs 

Things I sent home/swapped:

I swapped my Be Free for a Sawyer Squeeze. After a week the Be Free was just too slow. 

Sent home:

Xero Shoes 

MSR stove( cold soaked/ used friend’s jetboil)


Sleep socks (kept one sleep pair and one hiking pair. Things dry quick here) 

Patagonia underwear (one pair was enough for me)