HVH Intro to Backpacking Gear List

Intro to Backpacking at Harriman State Park with HVH
Intro to Backpacking at Harriman State Park with HVH

This last weekend I hosted an intro do backpacking workshop with Hudson Valley Hikers. I worked with St Gregory and Kremlin to demonstrate various pieces of equipment each of use for backpacking at different times of year. During the workshop, there were many questions about where to purchase various pieces.  I hope that this list helps those who attended and anyone else reading it make good choices:


Gossamer Gear Gorilla (Jason’s Small Gray Pack)

Gossamer Gear Mariposa (Jason’s Large Blue-Gray Pack)

Osprey Aura 50 (Jason’s Sister’s Purple Pack)

Deuter ACT Lite (Kremlin’s Pack)

Seak Outside Revolution (Greg’s Olive Pack)

Osprey Atmos 65 (Greg’s Blue Pack)

My Gorilla on the steps waiting for me. The gorilla has a huge mesh pocket that can hold most of your day needs, as well as gear you want to air out.

For more advice selecting a backpack, check out my post on Types of Packs.


Tarptent Notch (Jason’s Trekking Pole Tent)

Warbonnet Blackbird (Jason’s Hammock)

Warbonnet Edge (Jason’s Hammock Tarp)

Black Diamond Firstlight (Jason’s Yellow Winter Tent)

Big Agnes Fly Creek (Kremlin’s Tent)

Hilleberg Anjan 2 (Greg’s Tent)

Campmor Ultralite Poncho (Jason’s Poncho Tarp)

TarpTent Notch
TarpTent Notch


Enlightened Equipment Revelation (Jason & Greg’s Quilt)

Enlightened Equipment Revelation Apex (Kremlin’s Synthetic Fill Quilt)

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite (Jason’s yellow sleeping pad)

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xtherm (Kremlin’s gray sleeping pad)

Therm-A-Rest ZLite Sol (Jason’s closed cell folding sleeping pad)

Fill Power
My 40 degree sleeping contains 750 fill power down. It fits in a 4 liter dry bag and weighs just over a pound.


1 Liter Nalgene Bottle (Jason’s Hard Plastic Bottle)

1 Liter Wide Mouth Cantene (Greg’s Soft Plastic bottle)

Aqua Mira Chlorine Dioxide Drops (Jason’s Chemical Tratment)

Steripen (Discussed, but not shown)

Sawyer Squeeze (Kremlin’s squeeze style filter)

A 1.5 Liter Fiji Water Bottle weighs less than 1/3rd of a 1 Liter Camelbak bottle.
Any empty 1 Liter Camellbak bottle weighs 6.7 ounces, while an empty 1.5 Liter Fiji Water Bottle weighs just 2 ounces.

For more information on water treatment, check out my post on Water Treatment Options.

Stoves & Pots

Snow Peak Giga Power Auto (Jason’s small stove)

Snow Peak Mini Solo Set (Jason’s small pot)

MSR Whisperlight (Jason’s White Gas Stove)

MSR Quick (Jason’s Large Pot)

MSR Pocket Rocket (Kremlin & Greg’s small stove)

Jetboil Flash (Greg’s all-in-one stove)

Esbit Solid Fuel Stove & Cookset

An Olicamp XTS pot with Heat Exchanger over a Snow Peak Gigapower Canister Stove
An Olicamp XTS pot with Heat Exchanger over a Snow Peak Gigapower Canister Stove

For more information on Stoves and Pots, check out my post on Cooking Systems.


Mini Dropper Bottles

Dynaglide Bear Bag Line

Titanium Stakes

Opsack Food & Clothing Bags

Bear Boxer Canister

Sea-to-Summit Ultrasil Dry Bags

Cook In Bags

Long Handle Spoon

Repair Kit: Thermarest patch, Freesole, sewing kit, buckle, wire ties, duct tape, AAA batteries, rubber bands, Krazy Glue, Seam Grip, and Cordura


Patagonia Houdini Wind Shirt

The Patagonia Houdini packs down to the size of a soda can and weighs just 4 or 5 ounces depending on the size you wear.

Follow Up Questions

If anyone has any questions about gear I haven’t listed here, or any follow up questions at all, please post them in the comments section below. Thanks!

Additional Reading:

Make Your Own Backpacking Meals

The Rules of Three

Three Season Gear List

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