The list author says: "I'm a very casual backpacker, just recently starting up again after a decade or so of absence, but occasionally get asked about my gear. I hope this list will help others get started. Not the lightest gear, not the cheapest gear, but what I think is a good balance."
"A GPS is very useful, but no substitute for being familiar with the area by a good map. This is an ancient one I've had forever, but I'm upgrading to a foretrex 401 soon. Anything with a lat/long output will work."