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Sunglasses w/silk pouch I picked up these  "terminator" sunglasses from my local Wal-Mart with full ultra violet rays protection and they made it just fine all the way to Canada without a scratch! They became a part of my very body as I hiked through the desert section and since the PCT is a very exposed trail, I used them most of time even after leaving the desert behind. I also picked up a two dollar lycra band to help keep the glasses on my head for the long haul and when sweating.

Sunglasses w/silk pouch I picked up these "terminator" sunglasses from my local Wal-Mart with full ultra violet rays protection and they made it just fine all the way to Canada without a scratch! They became a part of my very body as I hiked through the desert section and since the PCT is a very exposed trail, I used them most of time even after leaving the desert behind. I also picked up a two dollar lycra band to help keep the glasses on my head for the long haul and when sweating.

Platypus water bags...2.4 liter & 1.0 liter. For the weight and packability when empty I absolutely love these bags. I treat them with care and have never sprung a leak so they score high on my list! They last a long time for me because I treat them with care by always setting them upright when full with water or I only lay them down flat on a soft surface like my sleeping pad.

Platypus water bags...2.4 liter & 1.0 liter. For the weight and packability when empty I absolutely love these bags. I treat them with care and have never sprung a leak so they score high on my list! They last a long time for me because I treat them with care by always setting them upright when full with water or I only lay them down flat on a soft surface like my sleeping pad.

"Classic" Swiss Army knife, my number 1 backpacking knife. I've never worn out a Swiss Army knife and always lose one first. At under one ounce this little work horse of a knife can do everything necessary while on a long distance hike, but I do wish that it had a can opener on it.

"Classic" Swiss Army knife, my number 1 backpacking knife. I've never worn out a Swiss Army knife and always lose one first. At under one ounce this little work horse of a knife can do everything necessary while on a long distance hike, but I do wish that it had a can opener on it.

My famous PCT homemade cup. 	For years I never used a cup and opted to just use my one cooking pot as a cup before, after, or between meals with a total weight of zero... however, it really is nice to have a seperate cup for various trail beverages and I really like having one for dipping water from a shallow spring along the trail. I thought that I'd finally found the perfect excuse to pack a cup since it was so light and it packed so efficently into my MSR pot.

My famous PCT homemade cup. For years I never used a cup and opted to just use my one cooking pot as a cup before, after, or between meals with a total weight of zero... however, it really is nice to have a seperate cup for various trail beverages and I really like having one for dipping water from a shallow spring along the trail. I thought that I'd finally found the perfect excuse to pack a cup since it was so light and it packed so efficently into my MSR pot.

hang a bear bag

How to Hang a Bear Bag--PCT Style

how to hang a bear bag Materials: Weatherproof food bag. Smaller stuff bag to throw over the branch (tent peg sacks work well). A carabiner or mini-biner. A strong, light stick. And 50 to 60 feet of lightweight tent cord or bootlace nylon.

Frogg Togg rain/wind gear. Light weight and the best wind protection I've ever found because it truly is breathable. They last forever and have served me well over thousands of trail miles.

Light weight and the best wind protection I've ever found because it truly is breathable. They last forever and have served me well over thousands of trail miles.

Just your basic metal can opener found in the camping section of your favorite department store. I put this one to the grinding wheel and shaved off quite a bit of that heavy metal then drilled a new hole.

Just your basic metal can opener found in the camping section of your favorite department store. I put this one to the grinding wheel and shaved off quite a bit of that heavy metal then drilled a new hole.

Thermax ski mask, PolyPro liner gloves, and a cotton bandana. I packed the same thermax ski mask that I've owned for 15 years and a liner set of polypropelene gloves that I've owned for 10 years. At times I wished that I'd had a more waterproof set of gloves, but I made it just fine.

Thermax ski mask, PolyPro liner gloves, and a cotton bandana. I packed the same thermax ski mask that I've owned for 15 years and a liner set of polypropelene gloves that I've owned for 10 years. At times I wished that I'd had a more waterproof set of gloves, but I made it just fine.

Titanium tent stakes and Kelty "Triptease" cord.  Great stuff !

Titanium tent stakes and Kelty "Triptease" cord.

Sewing needles & safety pins in 35mm film canister, duct tape, dental floss & nylon saddle thread for sewing repairs, extra writing pen, batteries, and a tooth brush for cleaning SWA water filter.

Sewing needles & safety pins in 35mm film canister, duct tape, dental floss & nylon saddle thread for sewing repairs, extra writing pen, batteries, and a tooth brush for cleaning SWA water filter.

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