Before my first long distance thru-hike in 2018, I had backpacked and camped various times, with my longest trip being 5 days long. But I knew that the gear I used for those trips wouldn’t cut it for something as long and difficult as the Pacific Crest Trail.
It took a lot of trial and error figuring out what gear and clothing worked best for me and my body and my needs. Here is a side by side photo of me Day 1 on the PCT versus Day 100ish somewhere in Oregon:
The more I hiked, the more I got comfortable with getting rid of gear I wasn’t using or didn’t need, and my joints loved me for it. I am still in the process of dialing down the gear that is right for me, but I have a lot more confidence (and proven test results!) than when I would backpack for a night or two.
Below you will find a comprehensive list of every single piece of gear I used on my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, including the cost, weight, and links for you be taken directly to the website I purchased that item at.