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Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part One: BackpackingGear

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 12:40 AM

Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part One: Backpacking Gear

There is so much to tell of Hell Hike And Raft 2015 it’s difficult to know where to start the telling. I’ve decided I would start from the very beginning.


Much of your backpacking gear will be universal to all and some of it you will happen to stumble upon, to then consider a must have. If you find yourself wondering what items fall into which category maybe my article will help and then again, maybe it won’t.

I spent quite a bit of time assessing backpacking gear months in advance of HHAR 2015 but I really hadn’t talked too much about it.

The predicted weather, rugged terrain, personal comfort, divided by the precise weight of every item was the thought process I utilized in packing for my 3 days of backcountry backpacking in the state of Idaho with America’s Rafting Company as part of the Epic Social Adventures crew of 2015.

Now that I’ve returned from 5 unforgettable days in the backcountry of Idaho, I can tell you exactly what I took and what worked for traversing the Seven Devils Mountain Range.


Granite Gear 36” Packable Wheeled Duffle(carried EVERYTHING)

Teton Sports Escape4300 Backpack

Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 2 Tent

Teton Sports Leef +20 Sleeping Bag

WFS Ultra Lite Air Mattress with Foot Pump


Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles


Granite Gear Compression Sack

Granite Gear Stuff Sack


PrAna Women’s Monarch Convertible Pants

Woolx Women’s ¼ Zip Midweight Top

Woolx Women’s Full Length Leggings

Woolx Women’s MIA Tee

Sturdy Girl Sports Las Vegas Tank Bra

Sturdy Girl Sports Bra

SmartWool Unmentionables (2pair)

Ausangate Mid Calf Hiking Socks (2pair)

Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Boots

Columbia® Bora Bora Wide Brim Hat


Temperatures were incredibly kind - never needed (but always had)

Rain Jacket

Fleece Vest

Down Jacket

Sponsored Brand, Rocky S2V Convertible Pants.


(2) 1L collapsible water bottles to pair w/

PURINIZE Water Purifier Solution & SAWYER Mini Water Filter

(I also brought a 2L hydration reservoir that I kept full and stored in the included pouch within my backpack. At each refill my drinking water was clean and bacteria free with very little added weight beyond the water itself.

 Action Wipes, HikeGoo and ProBar were entirely new Brands for me before this trip and each one performed pristinely under scrutinized pressure.

ProBar Meal Bars

ProBar Bolt Energy Chews

Electrolyte Mix-ins








Hygiene Kit (Mini Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, suncreen, travel size deodorant) (Action Wipes, toilet paper, Ziploc®, hand sanitizer, biodegradable all-purpose camp soap)

Extra Set of Contact Lenses

Spare Eye Glasses

UST U-dig-it

First Aid Kit: Blister Band-Aids (I recommend 4-a-day for each day of backpacking), over-the-counter pain medicine, A+D ointment, trash bags (2), lighter, sunscreen, elastic wrap bandage, emergency blanket and extra Ziploc® bags in multiple sizes. 

All First AId Kit items should be kept in a waterproof bag.


Lightweight Camp Lantern

(Extra Batteries For Both)

Sea to Summit XL bowl

Light My Fire Spork

GSI 17oz mug

Camera Gear

GoPro + Extra Battery

Sony Cyber-Shot

Fuji XP

Cell Phone 

 Alite Monarch Camp Chair

Journal + Pen

Want to know my biggest mistake of the trip? I didn’t bring camp shoes.


Any lightweight sandal or flip-flop that will allow your feet to dry-out from a full day of backpacking in boots work perfectly.

This is not a Product Spotlight for the Sponsored items of Hell Hike And Raft 2015. I use the chosen brand names under my personal authority. Furthermore this article is a replication of what I packed and is only created as a tool to help partly prepare for a backpacking trip. We do not take any responsibility for you or any persons accompanying you. As with any outdoor activity you need to plan properly and adhere to all National, State and City ordinances.

*Editors Note*

Hell Hike And Raft 2015 was a guided trip by, America’s Rafting Company, taken place in August and I wasn’t to bring morning or evening meals, or cookware. Additionally, this list could be considered an overkill for such trips, but we here at Mountain Matron stand by the Boy Scout Motto, Always Be Prepared.

As always, practice the Leave No Trace ethics of the outdoors.


Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part Two: The Crew

Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part Three: Backpacking - Seven Devils - Idaho

Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part Four: Whitewater Rafting - Snake River

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It was so hard to know how to prepare for this trip - I definitely overpacked! Live and learn, I'd go lighter on so many things. Thanks for sharing your list, I'll get to something similar one of these days. :)
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