Gear

Gear doesn't make the hike (or the PCT Documentary or CDT Documentary).  But the companies listed here make products that work for me and help keep me happy on trail, and in my experience they have great customer service.  For an expanded description, click on the logos.

Keen Footwear
Keen Footwear

Footwear is a very personal thing. KEENs fit me well and my Voyageurs are lighter than a full boot but tough enough for the trails.

Stickpic
Stickpic

The StickPic is a tool that attaches your camera to your hiking pole. I've used it to get amazing shots using my still camera and my video camera.

ThermaRest
ThermaRest

I used a NeoAir on the CDT and now I realize that getting a good night's rest in the woods is actually possible. They have a new line of sleeping bags and I'm giving that a shot too!

LEKI
LEKI

Leki Poles -- good for knees, balance, and pacing. The only time I fall is when I'm not actually using them. Spectacular customer service to boot!

Minus33
Minus33

Wool is a naturally wicking fiber that doesn't stink like synthetics. Minus33 is a company that makes excellent quality base layers, shirts, hats, balaclavas, and more.

MSR
MSR

I use an MSR tent, stove, water filter, cookpot, and other assorted odds and ends. It's gear that works well AND lasts.

One Pan Wonders
One Pan Wonders

One Pan Wonders is a series of books with recipes that taste great and work well on the trail. And at home, for that matter!