The list author says: "I've found surprisingly few hiking gear lists on Amazon. So here is mine. Most of this is gear I've actually used and take with me on regular hikes. I'll add updates as I find new gear I like.
When picking out your gear, always consider the environment you will be hiking in. What temps can you expect during the day? What about at night? Will you be building a fire, using a stove or eating cold (pre-packaged) food? It's also a good idea to assemble all your gear BEFORE picking out a backpack, so that you know everything is going to fit. You aren't going to need everything on this list necessarily.
Basic rule of thumb, keep it simple. You'd be surprised how much you can do without on a hike. While there are a tone of cool gadgets out there that make explorer the outdoors more comfortable, it's more weight to carry. Stick to the basics, at least at first: Water, food, clothing, shelter, fire and a good knife. I try to keep my pack under 40lbs, or even lighter if I don't have to carry a lot of water. Extra warm clothes are always a good idea. It can be 70 degrees and gorgeous during the day, but when the sun sets in the mountains it could drop to freezing."
"My current pack of choice. Plenty of room for multi-day hikes. Especially if you are like me and travel as light as possible. Some features of this pack: Hydration pack compatible, tool loops on the back and side, expandable or collapsible to accommodate lots or for very little gear."
"I prefer this over a standard hatchet. Not so good for splitting logs due to the lighter weight but easier to carry. Chops like a champ and comes sharp enough to shave with. The side is fine for banging in tent stakes. Perfect for throwing if you have the skill."
"Headlamps are the way to go. Keep your hands free, and your light shining right where you are looking. Most LED headlamps are about the same I think. I like my Petzl lamp, very bright, multiple settings."
"A good water filter will save you having to carry so much water weight. A must for long hikes (assuming you can find a water source). This is a pricier model, but worth it IMHO. Especially if all you can find is a mud puddle, you'll be glad you have this along."
"Get a good sleeping bag, if you can, get a down bag. More expensive but down sleeping bags are lighter, better insulators, and compress tighter. Get one specific to the climate you will be hiking in! I use a +40 Radiant from REI for most camping. For cold weather camping get a +0."
"Matches are good, but these things have infinite uses and won't get destroyed by water. Takes some practice to use effectively, and you need to learn what makes proper tinder. Birch bark or dry grass work well. Dryer lint is good to practice with."
"I really like these bowls. Trying this and a Jetboil Flash system instead of a traditional mess kit. So far I like it. Light and more compact then a steel or aluminum bowl, and the bottom is hard enough to cut on."
"Can't beat a water bladder for easy of drinking while hiking. And you might as well get as big a bladder as will fit in your pack. I like this one a lot so far. Though I still always carry some kind of hard canteen as well."
"Nice sized skillet and super light. Even heat distribution can be a problem, but it works better than a standard mess kit. The bigger size is also a lot easier to cook in, especially for multiple people."
"I like this system, everything fits in the cup, including the fuel canister. Has its own ignition switch. At just a pound, it's quick, easy and light solution for boiling water. Perfect when wood is scarce or fire is banned."
"Always a good idea to have some sort of first aid kit. I think kits like this one are overkill, but you can put together your own basic kit with common sense items. Tape, gauss, aspirin and basic first aid knowledge is enough for most situations."
"This is a pretty cool little trowel. Super light, but still tough. folds into a tiny pouch. Forget the big camping shovels unless you plan on digging a trench. Honestly you can do whatever digging you need with just your knife probably."
"Mountain House - gourmet trail food (for dehydrated food). I've tried many of these, all delicious. These come in 1, 2, or 4 servings. Generally, divide that in half (a 2 serving will feed one hungry man)."
"These are pretty close to the pair I typically wear. Being able to convert them to shorts means you can get away with just one item, an adjust with weather changes. Plus this kind of pants have quick drying material, and are very light."