The Gear I Use

This is the gear that I will be using on the Hayduke Trail starting around April 15th!

The Hayduke is an 800 mile desert hike across the state of Utah, dipping into Arizona briefly. Passing through very remote areas, involving a lot of route finding in and around canyons. There will be tricky and long water carries, as well as long distances between resupply. Temperatures can be above 110* during the day and below freezing at night.

All together my baseweight is 8.5lbs, but that is including 1.8lbs of camera gear. So this is much closer to a 7lb kit, with a massive camera. Everything here is similar to what I carry on other thru hikes, though there are certainly some changes which reflect the conditions expected.

This is a trail that I have long dreamed of doing for it’s beauty, remoteness, and challenge. I hope my past desert hiking experiences have prepared me for what many say is the hardest thru hike in the United States.

Hayduke Trail Gear List



Water / Eating

  • 4oz – Water Bottles – Random Brand 1L // x4
  • 1.3oz – Water BladderPlatypus 2L
  • 2.2oz – Water FilterPlatypus Quickdraw
  • 1.3oz – Food Bowl – Peanut Butter Jar
  • 0.8oz – Food bag – Sea to Summit 15L
  • 0.3oz – SpoonPlastic

Clothing (Carried)



  • 0.6oz – FlashlightRovyvon Aurora A5
  • 8oz – Cell Phone – Google Pixel 6a
  • 12.8oz – External Battery – Ravpower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh 60w
  • 2.9oz – Wall Charger – Ravpower PD Pioneer 30w 2-Port
  • 0.4oz – Headphones – Cheap Earbuds
  • 1.2oz – USB Cords – 2x USB C
  • 0.1oz – Watch ChargerCoros Dongle

Camera Gear

Total Baseweight

8.5 lb / 3.8 kg

Clothing (Worn)

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  1. Andrew

    Did you miss not having a puffy jacket? Also, how do you deal with wind chill while sleeping under a tarp?
    Your articles and videos are a great inspiration and thank you so much for sharing!

    1. jupiterhikes

      I personally did not miss having a puffy, but that also goes with how I hike. I am either in my quilt sleeping or I am moving and hiking so the fleece added to that warmth and was more than sufficient. If you like spending more time hanging around camp than I do or if you take long breaks, a puffy is probably a more appropriate choice for you. As for my tarp, during the entire PCT I only used it 4 times. 3 of those times were for wind where I pinned it lower to the ground. Most days however I would pick spots that are naturally good spots, and cowboy camp. Trees above, bushes or rocks surrounding, not exposed, avoiding valleys water or tops of mountains. I never felt a desire for a shelter larger or more robust than my tarp. Campsite selection is key

  2. What is the material of the button down shirt? And underwear? No underwear?

    What iis polycryo? I it the same as space blanket plastic or packaging plastic? The link is sold out.

    Doesn’t your bamboo toothbrush get gross after 3 days? Mine did.

    So, no bandaid, antibiotic ointment, tp, soap, no 2nd pair of socks, underwear, scrubie, gear repair tape, no tic / bug problems sleeping without tent mesh, no deet or incaridin and no mosquito problems, no ice axe, spikes, tums, diareah pill, no mole skin, mirror.. I’m on my way to your level but man there’s got to be some pain involved. Lol

    Is the 30w charger any faster than 2.4 volt. I got anker USBc and its only 5 min faster to charge my phone.

    Good luck with editing the rest of the videos. Can’t wait to watch them all, over and over.

    1. jupiterhikes

      The shirt is polyester of some sort. Very lightweight, airy, and comfortable.

      No underwear as my shorts have a liner built into them.

      Polycryo is a thin insulating film used typically to cover windows. But in backpacking I use it as a ground sheet. I place the polycryo down on the ground, then my sleeping pad on top, etc. Since my shelter (a tarp) does not have a floor, the polycryo acts as my floor keeping me dry and clean.

      My bamboo toothbrush has not gotten gross yet!

      I do have a second pair of socks. But you are correct that I did not carry any of those other items you mention. And there also was no pain involved, instead I was very comfortable walking with my very lightweight pack! Many of those items could be improvised, many of those items aren’t needed with certain skills, many of those items could be gotten in a town should I find I do need them, or many I wouldn’t need at all given my extensive research before leaving for the trip, and knowing the conditions I will face.

      1. David Berhenke

        Found a 4-pack of replacement heads for an electric toothbrush at Dollar Tree. They weigh 0.1 oz, measurably less than the bamboo option, even with sawing off the handle. They have softer bristles as recommended by my dentists, and don’t have the annoying wood handle sensation to overcome. The bamboo option was an improvement over my previous kit, but the replacement heads (by themselves) are a further upgrade.

    1. jupiterhikes

      I cut all sorts of stuff off of it! I think next time I will just leave the doodads be, but hey some one has gotta try. I removed the hipbelt, I shortened straps, I cut off clips, etc. Don’t think I would recommend.

  3. salumsden

    Love your videos and wisdom. Your pack weight is quite low, even with the camera, phone and backup power. I do however see a hiking pole in the videos, but not in the pack list. I must have missed something. Apologies.

    1. jupiterhikes

      I only carry the hiking pole for snow, so it isn’t something I normally have had on any past hike. Usually I just found a broken one in town and used that for a section, then ditched it as soon as I could in a next town.

    1. jupiterhikes

      It would be more difficult of course but yes, knowing a few people in their 50s who do so I think so. My dad for instance in his 50s is in the best shape of his life! But that came with a lot of effort, more so than for those younger.

    1. jupiterhikes

      The lighter is for an emergency should I need a fire for warmth. One time when I wasn’t carrying one I got into a really bad potentially hypothermic situation and since then it just feels stupid to not have something so small and potentially life saving. The safety pin is for blisters.

      1. Hey Jupiter, I’ve been getting so much useful info from you in all your videos. Im not a long distance hiker but it’s given me lots of ideas for slimming down. I thought because I’ve learned so much from you, it’d be good to share with you one bit of info that I know of. Fire required for hypothermia often happens in less than optimal conditions ie wet or snowing, when lighting a fire can be really hard. I know you’re experienced but having some emergency tinder for the cost of a handful of grams is worth its weight in gold. Mini infernos from pathfinder are great, I never carry the whole tin, just 1 or 2 in a ziploc, they give a substantial burn time enough to dry out small sticks and other tinder you may’ve found.

    1. jupiterhikes

      If you look back at old photos, I wore the same exact shirt for most of my AT thru hike as well. So yes! long sleeves are great for bugs, the button up is great for ventilation

    1. jupiterhikes

      I have a video coming out within the next month about how to use a bear can with an ultralight backpack, I recommend checking that out soon! On the PNT I used an even smaller pack, the palante joey. And as for the extra weight, a bear can weighs as much as one liter of water, so the weight is less a concern and more so dealing with the bulk or size of the can.

  4. Royal Lyon

    I really enjoyed your series on the PCT! I have followed you for a long time and appreciate your appreciation of the trail and nature and people.
    Your colors, especially blue skies, are different/better from probably every other video. You use a Sony ZV1 like me, but my blues and greens are different from yours. What settings and/or color editing do you use?

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  6. Sydney

    Your videos are beautiful and you are so inspiring, thank you for providing so much useful information! I hope to hike the PCT in a few years after I get more hiking experience.

      1. jupiterhikes

        I mostly use natural materials. Spawned from early days in backpacking, I would just forget to pack TP and got pretty good at finding alternatives. When it comes to leave no trace, it is recommended people pack out their TP and throw it out. While using natural plants and things I do not have to do such a thing, and I am being LNT conscious.. As for hand sanitizer, it doesn’t kill norovirus, or giardia! So I kind of think most people use it thinking it helps to avoid those, and really it does not. I do wash my hands often with just water, it is the friction that removes most germs and things.

  7. Cosimo Cencetti

    I have a strong doubt in buying a tent and I would love to have your opinion about that.
    I personally don’t like trekking poles: they are just there in my hands and i kind of drag them around. The only time when i use them is uphill and i think they are very very useful if you have a heavy backpack to carry, which is not the case here. So the fact that i need a trekking pole in order to use a tent bothers me a lot. What do you think? Chances to use a wooden stick found on site?

    1. I think regardless of pack weight trekking poles are useful and worthwhile. I don’t use them because frankly I am stubborn and set in my way, but would still benefit greatly from them, and should use them. They take stress off your joints, muscles, and legs. They aid in balance, can be used for river crossings and on snow for safety. And as you mention, most tents these days require them! So if I was you, I would continue to ‘give them a try.’ If it’s still not your thing, maybe consider a tent that only uses one trekking pole, and then just carry an extremely light one in your pack to use occasionally for the reasons above, and for setting up your tent. I do this as you’ll see in many of my videos. Otherwise maybe you could carry a single tent pole, get a semi freestanding tent instead, or find a tent that could be setup with sticks. The majority of the time I use a tarp, which can be setup with sticks and never have a problem with that, but tarps aren’t for everyone.

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