First off, we did not take anything that we had not first tested ourselves on several trips if not several months. I had extra backpacks and tent in our vehicle in Mammoth just in case of a problem.
My Backpack was the Arterx Bora 95. A little heavy, but very comfortable. In the first couple weeks it caused some chaffing on my hips. The shoulder straps began coming loose on their own the last two days going to Guitar Lake and up to Mt Whitney. (I have been using it for a couple years now so I have no complaints)
JDSmiling's Backpack was the Kelty Flight: Light weight and durable. No problems, although we did not load it with much more than 30 lb..
The Tent was the Sierra Designs Hyper Light AST, It is a large tent with plenty of floor space. Free Standing. Even though I was the only one in it on the second half of the trip. I continued to use it despite the 5 lb weight. It performed well, although after 10 hours of hard rain at Wallace Creek, by morning there was moisture on the top of my sleeping bag.
Stove was the MSR Pocket Rocket It worked perfectly the entire trip.
Bic Lighters: Hey what can I say....
Fuel: Markell Power Fuel: ISO butane / Propane mix. It work very well.... And priced right.
Water Filter: Pur Hiker, it worked perfectly the entire trip. I changed the filter at Muir Ranch just in case. (Now called the Hiker by Katadyn)
Head Lamp: Princeton Aurora, worked well, multi brightness control was a useful thing to have. It has an adjustable mounting for tilting the lamp, which came loose by the Charlotte Lake resupply, but after tightening it back up it was as good as new. I changed the batteries at every resupply (four times) whether it needed it or not.
Hiking Boots: Montrail Torre GTX, I have used this brand and type of boot for a couple years. They are only good for about 800 miles so I replace them about every ten months. (No blisters on the entire trip) I had tired feet on a couple long days 18 miles and 14 miles on very stony ground. But they still are good and I will be using them this weekend.
I use Tyvek as a ground cloth. It works really well. It is light weight and tough as nails. Makes me wonder why anyone would buy a foot print.
SlingLight Chair 18 oz gave me some comfort after a long day on the trail. Even if the guy on Glenn Pass did not like the idea.
Bearicade Bear Canister: Withstood the bear batting it around in Yosemite. But I had to keep an eye on it. During heavy rains, it would somehow get dirt around the lid and make it hard to seal. The screws are already showing wear. Something I will speak to Wild Ideas about.
Trekking Poles:REI Haute Route with thermogrip worked perfectly.
I used synthetic shirts and thermos. they were awesome but it was tough to keep them from smelling. Even after bathing and washing clothes. Big plus is they dried quick.
I used Black Diamond Fleece. Top and bottom. They are awesome
Rain Gear: Marmot Precips, light weight, and kept the bugs from biting. Kept me dry from the rain. But often times I would cook inside them and sweat up a storm, which made me wet anyway. Plus, during heavy rains it felt as if the inside against my skin was wet. Whether this was a fact or an illusion I am not sure. I was busy dodging the lightening. As far as comfort my opinion of them has drop considerably.
Socks: Synthetic Liners and Smart wool. I took two pairs of wool socks and one liner. They worked great.
Pants: One pair of REI Sahara pants with zip off leg. The only pair I took and they were awesome, easy to wash and quick to dry. They do not show any wear after the trip.
Thermorest pad: Guide light, full length. Was a comfort each night. No leaks and no problems
Cup, cheap one I purchased for little to nothing. It is insulated and has a lid. The insulation and lid for a cup are necessary out there.
Nalgene bottle: 32 oz soft plastic. Worked great
Hydration Bladder: 70 oz camelbak. No problems there either.
Other items included a $5.00 watch from walmart. Best buy for this trip.
$1.00 pair of light knit gloves. Some of the fingers were exposed at the end of the trip. But other than that they lasted quite a while. I should have placed extra in my resupplies
Purell hand sanitizer, if you have to go, take this with you. You friends will appreciate you not getting them sick.
WalMart $1.00 head mosquito net. I had a new one brought in at Muir ranch. They worked great and at Bear Creek I was glad I had them.
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