2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Must-Haves for PCT Hikers
It’s that time of year again. Time for holiday shopping and wish list making. Whether you have an aspiring PCT hiker on your shopping list—or you’re the aspiring PCT hiker—here are ten of my personal, hand-picked, trail-tested gear items selected for improving the long-distance hiking experience. Each of these items were selected for their usefulness on trail and in camp for adding a little extra comfort and convenience. Treat the hiker you know—or yourself—to one (or more) of these great gear items and get ready for all your 2018 trail adventures.
It’s no secret that I like being comfy on trail, and I’m willing to tote along a couple extra pounds to improve my outdoor experience. That’s why I never hike without my Helinox Chair Zero. Weighing in at a single pound, this compact, ultralight camp chair sets up in just seconds. No more searching for suitable rocks and stumps, this little chair provides a comfy seat anywhere on trail and in camp. I pull mine out for lunch breaks on trail, kicking back at viewpoints, and cooking and relaxing in camp. I can’t recommend this item enough—I love my chair! $120
There’s nothing quite as refreshing on a hot summer day on trail as a big drink of icy-cold mountain stream water (after it’s been filtered, of course). But fill up a regular bottle or bladder with that icy-cold water and it doesn’t stay icy-cold for long—and drinking tepid water is just not quite as refreshing. That’s why I carry my icy-cold water in this 20-oz. Insulated Bottle. Sure it weighs a few ounces more than a regular bottle, but it keeps my icy-cold water icy-cold and refreshing for more than eight hours! It also keeps my morning coffee steamy-hot for hours. $25
An umbrella while hiking? Yeah, it may seem a bit foofy, but when slogging across mile after mile of scorching desert and lava beds where shade is scarce, it’s nice to carry some of your own. This summer, I added a Sunblock Umbrella to my gear kit and what a difference it makes. The exterior UPF-50 silver material reflects sun and heat, while the interior black material keeps things cool underneath. And since it weighs a scant 6 ounces, it’s a small concession for what can be a big reprieve from the sweltering summer sun. It works just as good in the rain, too! $45
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Main photo: Ten of guidebook author Eli Boschetto’s personal gear picks—all perfect for the hiker on your holiday list.