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Five years ago, I started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. My friend Jenna came to see me off.

Five years ago, I started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. My friend Jenna came to see me off.

This weekend marked the 5 year anniversary of my PCT thru-hike. Although I’ve been back there and have about half the PCT miles done as section hikes since then, nothing quite beats the trepidation, excitement, and the unknown of the first time. In honor of that day, I’m posting my gearlist from 2009. Surprisingly, I would change very few things. Since this gear is old, this would also make a fantastic discount ultralight gear list–many things on this list are older models, but still work great. Hope you enjoy this ArcBlast from the past!

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The G5 already had a PCT thru-hike on it and after another hiker improperly handled it, developed a tear. I switched out to the Z-packs Arcblast and carried that from Kennedy Meadows until the end.

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Pack explosion in Southern California

Pack explosion in Southern California

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The top of Forester Pass, the highest point on the PCT

The top of Forester Pass, the highest point on the PCT

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Wearing the Gatewood Cape as raingear on my last day on the PCT

Wearing the Gatewood Cape as raingear on my last day on the PCT

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Muir Hut on top of Muir Pass.

Muir Hut on top of Muir Pass.

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Oregon Washington highpoint

Oregon Washington highpoint

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Resupply boxes in Etna, CA

Resupply boxes in Etna, CA

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The LT3 poles in the desert. My favorite photo from the whole trail.

The LT3 poles in the desert. My favorite photo from the whole trail.

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Tunnel Falls up the Eagle Creek Trail

Tunnel Falls up the Eagle Creek Trail

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