Course Materials

Beginner Backpacker Gear Recommendations 2020

A list of suggested examples of major gear brands and models we would recommend to you as a good value to get started backpacking. Clothing and small essentials are not included. This is not an exhaustive list, and you should try out ANY gear items before buying!

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet 2020 B3 Basic Gear Recommendations.xlsx — 120.5 KB

Latest Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Ratings

from - updated for 2020

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 2020 Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Ratings .docx — 207.3 KB

Backpacking Gear Checklist Template - the "Basic Kit"

Use this template to work out what you need for your first trips!

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document Intro to Backpacking Gear Checklist.docx — 16.4 KB

Andrew Skurka Gear List and Weight Template

A sample gear template created by Andrew Skurka to help backpackers assemble their gear and keep track of their backpacking base weight. See other Skurka document for the accompanying gearlist definitions document.

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet Backpacking Gear List Template & Checklist Skurka.xlsx — 39.4 KB

Skurka Gearlist -- definitions

A supplemental document to the Skurka Gear Spredsheet with category definitions.

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document Skurka Gearlist - definitions.docx — 14.1 KB

Website listings - Lightweight Backpacking

A list of websites and Facebook pages focused on lightweight gear -- reviews, used gear purchasing, Ultralight gear manufacturer websites, etc.

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document Lightweight websites.docx — 12.5 KB