Gear

The Backpacking Gear I Used to Hike Across Zion

Overview

In late October 2017, I completed the 50-mile Zion Traverse (aka Trans-Zion Trek) with some close friends and family. Three months in advance, I reserved permits online, which afforded us the luxury of doing a multi-day backpacking trip.

Our group hiked across Zion in four days and three nights. Daytime temperatures rose to the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit, while nighttime temperatures dropped to the low to mid 30s.

We encountered a few ultra runners on the trail, which is another way to do it that I can’t help but admire. That being said, there is something special about spending a little extra time to enjoy Zion’s magnificence. When it comes to beautiful views, the park is truly in a class of its own.

If you are interested in doing your own multi-day trip across Zion, I wrote a backpacking guide to help you plan it. I thought you might also like to see a full breakdown of the backpacking gear I carried and used on our hike.

To see my gear breakdown for the Zion Traverse, watch the video below. If you want to learn more about or purchase an item, scroll down to view a complete list.

Backpacking Gear
A screenshot of my LighterPack dashboard

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Packed Gear

The Big Three (Backpack, Shelter, Sleep System)

ZPacks™ Arc Haul-Zip Backpack
Weight: 27.5 oz
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Marmot Eos 1P Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
Weight: 39 oz
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Disclosure: On this particular trip, I made a last minute decision to leave the tent behind and sleep under the stars. I used a Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1 Footprint as a ground cloth. Weight: 4 oz

Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag: 30 Degree Down
Weight: 23.3 oz
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Sea to Summit The Toaster Fleece Thermal Liner
Weight: 20.8 oz
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NeoAir Xlite
Weight: 12 oz
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Cooking

MSR PocketRocket Stove
Weight: 4.2 oz
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TOAKS Titanium 1000ml Pot
Weight: 4.4 oz
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Jetboil Jetpower Fuel 100g
Weight: 6.8 oz
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Snow Peak Titanium Single 450 Cup
Weight: 2.4 oz
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GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip
Weight: 0.4 oz
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Optimus Titanium Long Spoon
Weight: 0.7 oz
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Clothing

Buff Printed Wool Buff
Weight: 1.7 oz
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Fox River X-Static Liner Socks
Weight: 1 oz
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Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks
Weight: 2.2 oz
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ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief
Weight: 2.1 oz
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Patagonia Men’s Capilene® Midweight Crew
Weight: 6.7 oz
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Patagonia Men’s Capilene® Midweight Bottoms
Weight: 6.8 oz
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Outdoor Research Starfire Fleece Hoodie
Weight: 17oz
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The North Face ThermoBall Insulated Jacket
Weight: 12.3 oz
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Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
Weight: 6.4 oz
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Health and Safety

Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets
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Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen
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Potty Pack Kit
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First Aid Kit
I brought a custom first aid kit that my wife Kim helped me put together. She is an ICU Nurse and has tremendous knowledge about first aid. To read more about her approach, check out her series on wilderness first aid.

Electronics

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Weight: 3.2 oz
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Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera
Weight: 16.7 oz
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Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar
Weight: 4.2 oz
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Pedco UltraPod Mini
Weight: 1.7 oz
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Anker PowerCore 10000
Weight: 6.35oz
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Daytime Wear

Smith Optics Lowdown ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses
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Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe
Weight: 23.3 oz
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Pure Outdoor Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Weight: 22.7 oz
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Patagonia Bandito Shirt
Weight: 4.9 oz
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The North Face Crag Tank Top
Weight: 4.7 oz
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prAna Stretch Zion Pant
Weight: 13.6
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Dirty Girl Gaiters
Weight: 1.5 oz
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Cloudline Hiking Sock – Ultra Light Cushion
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Patagonia P-6 LoPro Trucker Hat
Weight: 3 oz
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Mtech Xtreme Ballistic Black Grey Assisted Tactical Flipper Pocket Knife
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4 comments

  1. […] Note: Hike statistics were recorded with Gaia GPS app. To see a full breakdown of the gear I carried and used on this trip, click here. […]

  2. No knife? No first aid or survival gear? Not even a rope for possible assistance with dicey scrambles? Rescue in the back country is not eminent.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Pablo. I have updated this post with info about the first aid kit and knife that I took to Zion. In my view, all of the gear listed above is for survival. The Zion Traverse does not involve dicey scrambles, so I did not bring a rope. I don’t think “eminent” is the word you are looking for.

      1. Right on all parts. Stupid autocorrect. Knowledge of weather predictions and route is important. However, as an overprepardness person I don’t like to be relying on just that. I’m often criticized by go-lighters for carrying something that I’ll never use. Part of the excitement of such a trip is how little you really need to do it.

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