Hoover Wilderness backpacking gear list

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This is the gear list for the 5 day backpacking trip in Hoover Wilderness (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) in July 2019. I normally over-pack, so I have made notes (in bold parentheses). I could have easily cut out 7 pounds by eliminating the “unnecessary” items. Often when backpacking, less is more.

Gear pile the day before starting


  • 3 short sleeve shirt (only needed 1 or 2)
  • 2 pairs of shorts – one hiking, 1 “basketball” shorts (only needed 1 pair)
  • Long hiking pants
  • Smart wool medium base layer (for sleeping)
  • Socks: 4 pairs (probably could have carried one less)
  • Underwear: 3 pairs (probably could have carried one less)
  • Sun hat
  • Handkerchief
  • Polyester puffy jacket
  • Hiking boots

Cooking and water

  • MSR pocket rocket
  • 8 ounce isobutane canister
  • Plastic forks/spoon
  • MSR foldable spatula (for pancakes)
  • Mini griddle
  • Lighter/matches
  • Seattle Sports collapsible bucket
  • MSR 1L cookpot and bowl
  • Platypus 1L collapsible water bottle (2) (only needed 1 water bottle as there is plenty of water, but the collapsible bottles weigh almost nothing and don’t take up much space)
  • Platypus 2L collapsible water bottle (see comments above)
  • Sawyer squeeze water filter system


  • Pancake mix (just add water type)
  • Oatmeal
  • Ramen
  • Bear Creek Darn good chili mix
  • Idahoan dry potatoes
  • Knorr rice sides
  • Starkist chicken packets
  • Nutella
  • Snack bars (Belvita, trail mix, Clif)
  • Tea/coffee


  • Kelty Salida 2 – 4 1/2 lbs
  • MSR thru hiker 100 wing – 1 lb (not necessary)
  • Kelty Cosmic Down 20F – 2 lbs
  • Sleeping pad: Therm-a-Rest accordian foam -1 lb


Osprey Atmos 65L – 4 lbs

Everything Else

  • Camp chair: Helinox chair zero (not necessary, but comfortable)
  • Headlamp
  • Knife
  • First aid kit
  • Anker battery charger – 26800mAh (heavy, bulky, and not necessary)
  • GoPro Hero 7 (not necessary, but helped take good pictures)
  • Bug spray
  • Sun screen
  • Flushable wipes
  • Daypack
  • Campsuds concentrated soap
  • Sven folding saw
  • paracord
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