Before Zan and I met, he was working his dream job managing an outdoor store in Charlotte. No sooner did we start dating than we began maxing out credit cards to outfit me for our adventures in the wild.

As we finalize gear in preparation for next week’s JMT thru-hike, I can’t help but be taken back to the first pair of hiking boots that he skillfully selected for me. Not only did they require lessons on proper lacing and several layers of padded socks, but the heavyweight Montrail Moraine ATs weighed in at a ridiculous 4 pounds a pair. 

Combined with a 50 pound pack, I soon discovered that tripping, stumbling and stopping every hour to to treat blisters was simply part of communing with nature. With my ego many times more bruised than my body, I was determined to redefine how we explored the outdoors.

Over the next few years, we devoured every article, blog and lightweight gear list we could find in our transformation from old school to ultra-light. Today, it’s funny to think that my old boots used to weigh a third of what my current pack weighs full.

So, whether you’re hopelessly committed to carrying your beloved cast iron pans and machetes ( you know who you are... no judgements here) or simply a sucker for a “peak inside our packs post,” this one is for you...



Patagonia Trucker Hat         /         Patagonia Trucker Hat

Turtle Fur Beanie         /         Patagonia Fleece Hat

Wool Buff         /        Ex Officio Neck Gaitor

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket         /         Patagonia Torrentshell Pullover

Patagonia Down Hooded Jacket         /         Patagonia Nano Pullover

Patagonia Down Vest (Orange)         /          Turtle Fur Neck Gaitor 

Patagonia Capilene 3  Zip         /         Patagonia Merino Wool Longsleeve

Ex Officio Lumos Hoody         /         Ex Officio Lumos Hoody

Brooks Running Tshirt         /         Patagonia Silk Weight Tshirt

Nike Tank         /         Big Anges Poncho & Shelter

Patagonia Convertible & Houdini Pants         /         Patagonia Houdini Pants

Patagonia Thermal Bottoms (Blue)         /         Patagonia Briefs

Patagonia Barely Baggie Shorts         /         Patagonia Variable Board Shorts

Patagonia Strider Shorts         /         Patagonia 9 Trails Shorts

Manzella Fingerless Glove & Mitten         /         Ex Officio Fingerless Mitten

Nike Sports Bra (x2)         /         Patagonia Merino Wool (Camp Socks)

Injinji Socks (x5)         /         Injinji Socks

Salomon Trail Runner         /         Chacos Hiking Sandals 

Teva Sandals         /         Injinji Coolmax Liner (x2)

Smith Sunglasses         /         Native Sunglasses (Low / Bright Light Lenses)