Ready, Set, Hike – Heed the Mountain’s Call

Rockin's 2015 Summer Hiking Gear - Everything but the Food
Rockin’s 2015 Summer Hiking Gear – Everything but the Food

It is here and starts tomorrow.

I am beyond excited about this summer’s plans. Right from the start I am hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail with my good hiker friends, Wired and Why Not. Both women are very accomplished Triple Crowners and simply awesome people. We are planning on starting at Heavenly Valley and hiking the loop counterclockwise.

Next on the hiking agenda – heading north to the famous Lost Coast Trail. It will be a merge of hikers with Wired, Lovenote, Drop n’ Roll, and hopefully Dan trekking together.

In July, my youngest daughter Bryn is joining me for my last remaining 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail through Washington. It will be a momentous time finishing all 2650 miles of what all started as a section at time.

Thank you everyone for sharing your lives, thoughts, and encouragements through commenting, reading, and sharing Lady on a Rock with others. Hope you all are getting out and embracing natures gifts.


I love maps and am looking forward to sharing this summer’s beauty and experiences online along the way. So readers this is where you will be heading out this month.

Summer Backpacking Gear:

For you gear junkies out there, here’s my latest gear list tweaking it a bit after gear testing in Domelands last weekend.

BackpackGossamer Gear Gorilla25lightweight, supportive, comfortable
Pack Liner1fits nicely in pack
ShelterZPacks Solplex Tent17NEW this year!
Polycryo Ground Cloth1lightweight and does the job
SleepingZpacks 10 degree with Draft Tube23NEW this year! Buy one size longer than your height
Neo Air Regular13luxury comfort
Kitchen/FoodJet Boil Sol Ti9fast boiling, small canister = 22 boils
Cook-N-Coozy Solo1a little oven
Long Handled Spork0.5long handle is perfect for zip-lock bags
Open Country Cup1handy measuring marks
O.P. Sak (Odor Proof)2love the 12 X 20 size
HydrationSawyer Mini Filter3the best filter I have ever used
Sawyer Pouch - 2 literbuy a 2 liter bag for longer trips
2 Smart Water Bottles2fits on Sawyer Squeeze
First-aid/HygieneFirst-aid kit5*see content below
Tolietries7*see content below
Potty bag2.5*see content below
lavender, peppermint, melaleuca0.5multi-use powerful meds
Swiss Army Classic1twizzers actually work
Duece of Spades trowel0.5get the brightest color
Diva Cup0.5for women, highly recommended
Clothes in PackMarmot Essence Jacket5beads up nicely with long sleeves, great colors
Houdini Wind Jacket3.5essential for layering
PossumDown Gloves1NEW this year!
MH Ghost Whisperer7warm and very light, love the hood for sleeping and cold days
Icebreaker Dart Half Zip5NEW this year!
TNF flash tight4
Injinji Midweight Crew Toesocks1.5no toe blisters and wear a very long time
Night Socks1.5
Patagonia Active Hipster1dries quickly, fit great
Misc.Rite in Rain Journal2waterproof, great size
Silva Compass1
Tikka 2 Headlamp3bright for night hiking
maps w/data pages in ziploc3
sit pad cut from foam pad1DIY essential
Lumix LX7 Camera11love the wide angle
FlashAir WiFi cardtransfer pics from camera to phone
iPhone 65navigation, blogging, video, phone
Otter Box Case1durable and slim
Mini Tripod1small, lightweight
StickPic0.5easy, simple pole mount
Power - New Trent8packs 5 charges, no longer sold
Umbrella8sun and precipitation protection
Sea to Summit Bug Net0.5NEW this year!
Weight SummaryBASEWEIGHT (oz)189.5
w/o food & waterBASEWEIGHT (lbs)11.5
Items WornOR Echo HoodyI own every color
Prana Convertible Pantdurable, fit great, offered in lengths
Dirty Girl Gaitersgreat dirt and sand protection
Columbia Sun Gloveseasy to get on and off, don't show dirt
La Sportiva Bushido Shoesbuy at least a size up, love them!
Insoles - Custom
Injinji Midweight Crew Toesocksno toe blisters and wear a very long time
Buff Scarfsun scarf, headband, beanie
Sun Hat
Sports Bra
Timex Watch
Patagonia Active Hipsterfavorite for years
Fizan Poles11compact, strong, lightweight
Extra Gear/SnowKahtoola MICROspikes13always in my pack during winter hikes
CAMP Corsa Ice Axe7lightweight, sharp, easy to handle, buy longer size
Extra Gear/BearBearvault solo32
Ursack S29 9bear protection for non-regulated areas
Ursack Minor3great for critter protection
Zpacks Bear Bag Kit Rectangle3doubles as a waterproof ditty bag
Extra Clothing/ColdR1 hoody11warm fleece for hiking and camp
Marmot Minimalist Jacket13Gore tex, great for wet, cold weather
Marmot Minimalist Pant9Gore tex, great for wet, cold weather
Purple Rain Skirt4comfortable waist band, flattering
2 Person ShelterZPacks Duplex Tent24absolute favorite tent for 2



  1. Could you tell if you used Bear canister or Ursac for your food? I’m heading to Tahoe Rim in September. Enjoyed your blog a lot!

  2. Lucky lady…have fun! I look forward to reading about your adventures throughout the summer.

  3. Excited for you and eager to read about the summer’s adventures as you take them! Our family heads to California in two weeks; unfortunately we won’t be doing any backpacking, but look forward to plenty of day hiking in the Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Shasta areas. Your trip posts have inspired us and helped us plan; thanks so much!

  4. Georgette Theotig

    As always, I look forward to your hearing about your adventures and seeing those fabulous photos. Thanks for sharing your trip to the Domelands. I was just there last week to enjoy this rocky, scenic wilderness. Safe travels to you! Keep those boots moving!

  5. Denise Spruce

    It sounds like a fabulous summer! I am looking forward to seeing your pictures and reading all about it.

  6. gary goldsmith

    Hiking my home turf. You are going to love the vista’s. As you know water will be an issue. You lucky dogs, you!

  7. Once again our paths have crossed without our knowledge. My wife and I were in Tahoe on Sunday night staying at a friend’s cabin in Carnelian Bay. Our host had a book on the Tahoe Rim Trail which I didn’t know much about. Looks like a great trip. On the way to Mammoth we drove by Heavenly Valley.
    Hope you ladies have a great trip!

  8. So sorry getting together didn’t work in your plans . I will be thinking of you! Have a great trip !!

  9. All set and ready to go! All that’s missing, which I send you all, is prayers for a safe, fun, soul-stretching journey into God’s great wild! Looking forward to exciting reports and adventures!

  10. Oh wow what a summer! I look forward to reading all about it! Enjoy!

  11. Sounds like you have a pretty amazing summer ahead. Can’t wait to read more about each adventure and how you and your hiking buddies are doing! GoRockinGo!

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