You have a day hike, trail run, or multi-day trip planned. Two of the big questions you need to ask are what you will pack and what will your sleeping setup look like.
I worked for 3 summers leading backpacking trips to 14,000 foot peaks in the Colorado Rockies. In the last 10 years I have been up to over 315 peaks in the U.S. and around the world. I am a big trail runner, so I like to go light.
Here is the gear that I bring for hiking and trail running based on the length of my trip.
Day hike or trail run
Lightweight hiking or Trailrunning Shoes Brooks Cascadia Trail Runners
Headlamp for early morning or evening hikes Black Diamond Storm
50-100 Liter Pack Osprey Aether 70 Pack
Nice warm layer to wear at night or under rain gear Colombia Fleece
Warm layer for nights and cold mornings Long Underwear Pants
Lightweight sleeping pad Thermarest Pad
Lightweight sleeping bag REI Igneo Pack
Lightweight water filter Sawyer Mini
Keep your pack dry during storms Pack Cover
Give your phone/camera a couple extra full charges Anker Battery Pack
Snowshoes with enough grip to get you up to many winter summits MSR Lightning Ascent Showshoes
Lightweight mini crampons you can hike and run with Kahtoola Microspikes
Ice Axe for walking on steep icy sections Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe
Crampons for superb grip on icy slopes Black Diamond Contact Crampons
- Gloves, socks, underwear, sunglasses, chapstick, hat, sunscreen, camera, toothbrush, toothpaste t.p., maps, gps watch