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


Product Details Product Details  Backpack or Trail Running Pack  Enough to hold food, 2 liter water bladder, gloves, beanie, rain gear, extra layer, hat, etc.   Osprey Talon 22         Ultimate Direction Trail Running Pack


Image result for brooks cascadiaLightweight hiking or Trailrunning Shoes    Brooks Cascadia Trail Runners


Image result for black diamond spot headlamp  Headlamp for early morning or evening hikes    Black Diamond Storm


Image result for marmot precip Image result for marmot precip pants Rain gear for storms or as a windbreaker in cold temps                                     Marmot Rain Jacket   Marmot Rain Pants

Image result for Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Cargo Short Image result for asics mens ready shirtLightweight and quick drying shorts and shirt  Colombia Shorts  Asics Technical Shirt


Multi-day Hikes

Image result for osprey aether 7050-100 Liter Pack  Osprey Aether 70 Pack

Image result for columbia fleece    Nice warm layer to wear at night or under rain gear    Colombia Fleece

Image result for black long underwear pantsWarm layer for nights and cold mornings  Long Underwear Pants

Image result for thermarest sleeping pad Lightweight sleeping pad    Thermarest Pad

Image result for rei igneo sleeping bag review Lightweight sleeping bag  REI Igneo Pack

Image result for costco trail mix   Image result for lot of cliff bars and builder barsCalory-dense food hiking staples Costco Trail Mix  Cliff Bars    Cliff Builder Bars

Sawyer SP101 Mini Water Filtration system  Lightweight water filter  Sawyer Mini

Image result for pack cover Keep your pack dry during storms   Pack Cover

Image result for Anker E1 Astro 5200mAh External Battery    Give your phone/camera a couple extra full charges  Anker Battery Pack


Winter Hikes

Image result for msr lightning ascent snowshoes Snowshoes with enough grip to get you up to many winter summits  MSR Lightning Ascent Showshoes

Image result for kahtoola microspikes  Lightweight mini crampons you can hike and run with Kahtoola Microspikes

Product Details   Ice Axe for walking on steep icy sections Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe


Image result for black diamond contact crampons   Crampons for superb grip on icy slopes Black Diamond Contact Crampons

Other Items:

  • Gloves, socks, underwear, sunglasses, chapstick, hat, sunscreen, camera, toothbrush, toothpaste t.p., maps, gps watch