Our second adventure as Teachers on Hiatus was a Southbound Thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail as part of our goal to finish the Triple Crown, hiking all three national scenic trails.
General Thru-hiking Resources:
We would not call ourselves ultra-lighters (UL), but we are significantly lighter than we were when we hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007 due to both gear advancements and experience. We created the gear lists below PREHIKE, but did NOT change much during our hike and were very happy with our gear overall.
Below are our lighterpack.com lists. Sharing weight as a couple definitely helps provide us with a few more luxury items than many hikers carry since we only have to carry one of most items.
We divide our gear into 60/40 split because that is our weight ratio. Reuben carries 60% of the weight, but he also eats 60% of the food! If we split the total weight down the middle, we are both carrying about a 14 pound base weight. Not UL but not heavy by any means!
Below are our PRE and POST hike planning documents in case you find them helpful. May contain errors!