Unlikely Hiker here- queer, trans, and proud to be fat. Conquering mountains even though I have chronic joint pain. I live for being outside and really take pride in my gear choices! I've lived in Washington most of my life and really think that it has it all!
I spend time hiking the Olympic Mountains, Cascade range (PCT, Alpine Lakes-hope to do Northern Cascades soon) and Mount Rainier.
Nalgene Wide-Mouth Water Bottle - 32 fl. oz.
Everyone complains about the weight of this when they see it in my multiday backpacking spread but this thing is a trooper. It is more durable than anything else on the market and is my trusty "clean water" container. Paired with a sawyer filter and a smart water bottle (for the unfiltered water) the triad is irreplaceable. If I'm feeling super nervous about my water source I can easily steripen in the Nalgene, something that's fairly difficult in many other bottles. 8k
Kt Tape Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape
A little loose
I purchased this tape online and realized after my first multiday backpacking trip that it was a bit too stretchy to provide the best support. It did work wonders as blister tape and repair tape but I will definitely be looking into the KT pro tape for extra support.
Columbia Kettle Ridge Long-Sleeve Shirt - Men's
Kettle Ridge Short Sleeve
I have this shirt in the orange/brownish color, short sleeve. It has kept me cool and dry on every single hike and has stayed relatively smell free on the multiday backpacking trips. Durable, and doesnt snag easily it is my go to shirt. Plan on getting the long sleeve ASAP.
Kuhl Freeflex Short - Men's
Freeflex for the win
I used these shorts on every single backpacking trip I took this summer (almost every weekend). They are super durable, dry quickly, glide well (no chafe here) and are very lightweight. On the cheaper side- their durability was surprising. Will probably pair with base layers for my winter hikes. Sized XS-XXL.
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent
Best purchase-Halfdome 2
I absolutely love this tent. I purchased it in 2017 and it has gone on every single adventure. Its on the heavy side but the double walls are worth the weight. It is durable and has withstood literal windstorms in the desert and downpours in the rainforest and has no sign of wear and tear. Perfect for 2 with large enough vestibules to keep the gear dry. I will miss it if it ever gives up the ghost.
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Sack
Small but mighty
I have 2 of these-one I use for my tent and the other I use for my sleeping bag. It is fairly durable, lightweight, and does a great job of compressing. If you pull it out of your bag with the top strap it WILL rip. But if you bought it from REI you can exchange it for a new one ;) lesson learned.
Loksak Opsak Resealable Odor Proof Storage Bags
Scent free is the way to be
These waterproof and scent proof bags are a must have when traveling or backpacking. I use them to keep critters out of my food and have one specifically for trash. They can be reused many times and I haven't had any issues yet.
Hydro Flask 21oz Standard Mouth Bottle
I've had my hydroflask bottle for 3 years now and have replaced the lid twice (I dont have the standard lid). Otherwise it keeps my beverage super cold. I've put iced tea in it and it didnt stain it or make my water taste like tea for weeks. Grear product if you stick to the standard lids.
Balega Blister Resist Quarter Socks
Thin socks but no blisters!
These are my favorite socks for summer hiking. Durable, breathable, and comfortable. They have been worn for 100s of miles and have no damage. They arent super thick so they must be blister resistant because I have yet to acquire a blister even after hiking 20 miles straight. They also dry very quickly after water crossings.
ULA Equipment Ohm 2.0 Backpack
This pack was my most recent addition to my UL gear. Its durable, has all of the pockets I'd need without overdoing it, and the SERVICE with this company is exquisite. They had the pack to me in 2 days without any extra cost and shipped 2 hip belts since I wasn't sure what size was the best.
Asolo Asolo Men's Drifter Gv Boot
These were my go to waterproof boots for when I backcountried in alaska where there arent really trails. Kept me dry and kept my ankles stable. A little heavy and take ages to break in but worth it. I'll pack them for backpacking trips when I know the trail is rocky.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
Hooded ghost whisperer
Best item in my pack. Reliable, warm, and packs small with little weight. Fairly expensive but worth it. Doubles as a pillow ;) Can get a bit clammy and loses loft after a few sweaty trips but nothing a quick wash at home cant fix. Plus it is backed with a lifetime warranty.