Make Your Own Gear List…by copying mine!

Occasionally, people contact me looking for information on starting their own gear list. There are actually a few sites that folks use to do this, however, I have always been a fan of my DIY Google Doc Spreadsheet Gear List, for no other reason than this is what I have always used. So, when folks ask me about this, I generally tell them to feel free to simply make a copy of one of my own gear list, then plug-in their own info. To do so is quite easy:

  1. Make sure that you are logged into your own Google Doc’s account.
  2. Open one of my gear list. (Click HERE)
  3. In the top left hand corner of my gear list, click: “File”
  4. Next, click: “Make a copy…” from the drop-down list
  5. In the dialogue box that opens, you can rename it to what you want, then click: “OK”

Once you do this, a new page will open up. This will be your own spreadsheet to manipulate to suit your own specific needs. Feel free to start erasing my info and plugging in your own!

As well, when you make a copy of the spreadsheet, all of the formulas that I have inserted will automatically be copied with them. So, when you plug-in the weight of your own gear, the final totals, as well as the gear chart, will be updated to reflect these changes. All the work has been done for you, minus simply weighing your own gear and plugging in that information.

For more info on the formulas and what it affects, be sure to check out the video above.

I hope that this can be of some help to everyone that comes across it. In my opinion, a spreadsheet is a very important piece of information for UL backpackers, and especially so to those that are new to lightweight, or UL backpacking.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them below!

Thanks for stopping by…

~Stick~

Disclaimer: I created this spreadsheet from scratch. This is no one else’s design. I am not charging anyone to copy my spreadsheet, however, in return, I do ask for a shout out if someone happens to ask you about your own gear list (you know, if it is based on mine).

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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23 Responses to Make Your Own Gear List…by copying mine!

  1. Elliot says:

    Thank you so so much – I have learn a whole lot here!

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  2. john says:

    Oh yea 6 is a pretty big group.. are you all flying out from the east?

    Haha nooo not the whole thing in 12hrs.. the FKT is 20hrs! I meant I planned to do the WT 12 hours before I walked out the door. Took me 4 days to get around..

    The WT was a cool trail but if you are going to fly out west again I would recommend planning something in the High Sierra if you haven’t been..

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      Our group actually started out at 10, but has since whittled down to 7… (work has caused a few to drop out…) Anyway, no, we are not all flying out from the east… we are coming from all over! 🙂 I will be doing a write up sometime soon on this though…

      And I agree, I would love to check out the High Sierra’s sometime, however, I will be a bit concerned with altitude then…

      ~Stick~

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  3. john says:

    So it looks like you are headed to the Olympics instead of Wonderland huh?
    Just a tip, I did the Wonderland last month and planned to do it in about 12 hours! I thought permits would be a hassle because the RESERVATIONS filled up so fast this year but I called the morning I was thinking of heading up there and the ranger said that 30% of the permits are for same day walkup and that getting one would not be a problem. In fact, he said that most walk up permits dont even get used!
    Food for thought if you still wanted to give it a shot…

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      Yes, since our permit was not accepted, we are heading to the Olympics instead of the Wonderland Trail. I know that they hold 30% of the reservations for same day walk-ups, however, being that my group is over 6 people, even then, the likelihood of us getting reservations is slim being that we would need group sites, and those are slim to begin with. As well, even if we could get them, who knows what that schedule would look like due to sites available…

      For me, I would rather not chance wasting the time to go up and hope for a reasonable permit for a group this size, in the time that I have available. It makes more sense for me to simply plan something that will be equally as much fun (or maybe more?) and go for that from the beginning. This will give me more time to spend on the trail rather than driving back and forth and trying to piece together something last minute…

      I do want to do the WT one day though, and I will definitely send in an app for another permit, however, I really hope that by that time they change up the way that they approve them… Being that I am 2 hours ahead (due to the time zones) I will wager that my app was one of the very first that got sent in… I had already faxed it by 6:45 am (or 4:45 am their time) on the first day that they were allowed to be faxed in…

      Anyway… so, am I reading that right? You did the whole WT in 12 hours? Did you mean days? 🙂

      ~Stick~

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  4. Rob McKay says:

    Great work Stick – I have been using another “freebie” off Backpackinglight for years. Your is more simple.
    Now the burning question – there must be and easy way I can create a formula to convert your Ozs to our Grams? 1oz = 28.35g. Any ideas? Cheers Rob

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    • Stick says:

      Thanks Rob! Glad that you like it.

      As for changing the weights to grams, all of the totals in each category (Pack, Shelter, Sleep System, etc…) are simply the sum of the number input for each item. So, if you want grams, simply weigh your gear in grams and input the weight in grams in each column (Pack, Carried & Worn). This will mean that the sum of each category now is total grams. Of course to, I would change the header to say grams rather than oz too.

      The total numbers at the bottom are simply sums of each category added together. So again, if you put in the weights of each item in grams, the totals at the bottom of the gear list will represent grams. However, the formula in the pounds column will need to be changed. If you want oz, then you will need to change the formula to divide by 28.35 for oz, or by 453.592 for total lbs.

      Hope this helps some! Good luck making the gear list your own! 🙂

      ~Stick~

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    • Josh camp says:

      I changed stick’s to grams instead of ounces. I also made the grams convert to lbs. for the totals. I can send you the final version, if you want or I can change it to all metric. Just let me know what you want.

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    • rlmckay says:

      Hey Josh way to go! Any chance of emailing that to me at rob@assess.co.nz ?
      Also, I think you meant convert Pounds to Kilos

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    • Josh camp says:

      Will do. I kept my totals in pounds but I can easily switch it to kilos for you. I’ll send it when I get beck to the office.

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    • Rob McKay says:

      Hi Josh – Any chance to getting around to emailing me that Metric spreadsheet version you have created of Stick’s gear calculator? Appreciate that.

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    • josh camp says:

      Sorry Rob, I forgot to email you the other day. I just sent you a link to the metric version. If anyone else wants a copy just let me know.

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  5. Rick says:

    Great!!!! Thanks save me a lot of time.I follow your your Blog and your You tube I’m learning so much from you Videos Thanks again

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  6. lori says:

    Thanks Stick, this will be useful for me on my upcoming hikes. I hope you enjoy your trip to the Olympics.

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  7. Stick,
    Thank so much for the list and method for making changes to suit my needs. The torn meniscus in my right knee is much better and I am back to hiking again. I will never be 100% again but I can resume hiking at a slower pace…besides I have more time than money. Keep up the videos…I love them.

    Steve

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    • Stick says:

      Steve,

      Glad that you like my gear list, and hope that it helps you out. Also, it’s good to hear that your knee is getting better. I know it’s a bummer having to sit back due to injury… Anyway, hoping you are back to normal soon!

      ~Stick~

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  8. josh camp says:

    Hey Stick, I’ve been using a spread sheet for years, but I like the way yours includes where an item is stored. I am going to convert yours from ounces to grams. Besides the totals at the bottom are there any other formulas I need to change. I’m not a gram weenie but my scale just happens to work better in metric mode. Thanks.

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    • Stick says:

      Josh,

      Glad you like the spreadsheet, feel free to change it up as you need to. And that is cool that you will be using grams. I would like to, but before I switch over to grams I want to get a scale that will read tenths of a gram at least. Until then, I am going to stick with oz…

      And nothing wrong with being a gram weenie… 🙂

      ~Stick~

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  9. alpinisto22 says:

    Hey Stick!
    This is great! I’ve been toying around with Google Docs for a while now trying to come up with a good solid, easy to read gear list and haven’t really gotten there yet. I really like this a lot. I just got back from a 5 day trip in the San Juan Mtns in Colorado and while I definitely have a lot of weight to shed it was one of my first trips where I’ve made a concerted effort to lower pack weight. Lots of work to do and I think this list will really help me progress.

    Thanks for the constant material and videos you’re posting on here! I look forward to each and every one. Thanks again Stick and keep up the good work!

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    • Stick says:

      Glad that this will be able to help you some! If you have any questions, fell free to ask and I will try to help out the best I can.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Stick~

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