Operation: Wolverine Walk Gear List – What Made It And What Didn’t!

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I’ve been getting a good amount of questions lately regarding the gear that I used during Operation: Wolverine Walk. Before I stepped off on the North Country Trail (NCT), I did a series of posts on my Instagram to showcase the gear that I was taking with me. So do go have a look! But when it came to choosing gear for this trek, there was a certain set of criteria that I took into consideration.

Weight was one of the most important things. Since I had about 1,200 miles to hike. I needed gear that was light and wouldn’t weigh me down too much over time. I also needed gear that was durable, reliable, and of good quality. It’s a really tough situation to be in when you’re out in the middle of nowhere and an item that you’re relying on ends up failing you. Lastly, since I was self-financing the entire cost of this trek, in wanted things that were reasonably priced. So I tried to get gear that would meet these three criteria.

For the most part the gear that I chose held up quite well! However, there were a few instances when I had to swap out some items or acquire new ones along the way. Below is a list of gear that I started with that made it all the way to the end. As well as a list of gear that I had to swap out and what I got instead. Also, all of the gear that made it to the end is still serviceable, with the exception of my shoes. My shoes are now retired from long distance hiking!

The Gear That Made It

Pack: Osprey Atmos AG 65
Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1
Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 30°
Pillow: Trekology Aluft 2.0
Shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D v8
Sandals: Viktos Ruck Recovery Slide
Sunglasses: Oakley Gibston
Hat: GoRuck Performance TAC Hat
Water Filters: Grayl Ultralight Compact Purifier and Sawyer MINI
Hydration Bladder: Source Tactical WLPS 3L Bladder
Phone/Camera: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Headlamp: Nitecore NU32
Earbuds: Jabra Elite Active 75t
Power Bank: RavPower 30000mAh Power Bank
Multi-tool: Gerber Dime
Dry Sacks: Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack (Various Sizes)
Asspad: Zpacks Foam Sit Pad
Down Socks: Zpacks Goose Socks
Recovery Ball: Rawlogy Rustic Ultralight Cork Massage Ball
Clothing: Beyond Clothing
Main Food: MREs and Greenbelly Meal 2Go bars

The Gear That Didn’t Make It

Sleeping Pad: Big Agnes Insulated AXL Air, replaced with the Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Air Mat
Sleeping Bag Liner: Rab Silk Neutrino, replaced with the Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme
Insoles: Viktos Ruck Recovery Thermomoldable Insoles, replaced with Aetrex Memory Foam Insoles

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