Backpacking Light Clothing Systems Editor, Don Wilson, spent some time last summer hiking the PCT north from Campo. He returns this summer to crank out some more miles and test a few pieces of gear through-hike style.
Don left Mojave, California on June 12th and plans to end up in Ashland, Oregon the beginning of August. He averaged 30+ miles a day last summer, although the severe snow fall in the Sierras last winter may slow him down this year.
Don has lightened his pack since last year from a 12+ pound baseweight to about 10.5 pounds. Lighter items include a 35 degree Western Mountaineering Summerlite sleeping bag, cook kit, clothing, trekking poles (Komperdell C3), and shoes (Montrail Continental Divide replacing Montrail Hardrocks). He’ll still carry a Six Moon Designs Starlite pack and his shelter will vary with conditions. Once he gets off the trail, Don will report on lessons learned and how his gear fared (including the Summerlite and Komperdell C3s).
Don’s trail name is Lobo. Say hello if you see a tall skinny guy on the PCT this summer who resembles a scruffier version of the photo to the right.