Backpacking Light Gear List for DIY Hunting

Steve Speck knows how to pack light on a DIY backpack hunt.

Here’s his Backpacking Light Gear List:
This is 99% of my hunting backpacking light gear list. Nothing extra! The only thing that can vary slightly is maybe an extra base layer / long johns in very cold temps or if elk hunting I’ll have bugle tube, mouths reeds, etc with me. -Steve Speck

Main Gear:

steve speck back country hunter

  • Pack: Exo Mountain Gear 3500 – 77oz
  • Tent: Hilleberg Enan – 35oz
  • Sleeping pad: Therma Rest Neo Air – 12oz
  • Sleeping Bag: Hammock Gear 30 Degree Quilt – 14oz
  • Stove: Jetboil SOL Ti – 9oz
  • Fuel Canister – 5oz
  • Utensil: Jetboil Fork – .5oz
  • Water Filter: Saywer Squeeze and Platypus 2l – 4oz
  • Headlamp: Princeton Tec Remix – 2.9oz
  • Camera: Sony RX100 III – 8oz
  • Extra Sony Batteries: – 1oz
  • Extra SD Cards
  • ——-
    Total Weight: 168.4oz 10.52lbs

    Clothes in pack:

    steve spec First Lite apparel

  • Socks: First Lite Cold Weather (1) extra pair – 2oz
  • Mid Layer: First Lite Chama Hoody – 10oz
  • Insualtion layer: First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy – 19oz
  • Beanie: First Lite – 1.5oz
  • Gloves: First Lite Merino Wool – 1oz
  • ——-
    Total Weight: 33.5oz 2.09lbs

    “I don’t really use raingear because it seldom rains where I hunt, and when it does I hole up and wait it out. I do have the First Lite Boundary Stormtight jacket that I’ll use once in a blue moon but that’s pretty much it.”

    First Aid / Personal Gear:

    Gear Spotlight

  • Baby Wipes
  • TP
  • Spare Iodine tablets
  • Lighter
  • Waterproof matches
  • Fire Tender: Vaseline Cotton balls
  • Tylenol PM
  • Ibuprofen
  • Bandages
  • Gorilla Tape
  • Gauze
  • (4) AAA Spare batteries
  • ——-
    Total Weight of Kit: 5.8oz

    Kill Kit:

    Steve Speck Mountain Goat

  • Game Bags: Exo Mountain Gear
  • Knife: Kestrel Ultralite S30v
  • Parachute Cord: 25’ Ultralight Dyneema Cord
  • Zip Ties
  • ——-
    Total Kill Kit Weight: 6.9oz


    Steve Speck Glassing

  • Spotting Scope: Varies (Vortex Razor 50 / Swaro ATX 65)
  • Bino Tripod adapter: Field Optics Research – 1oz
  • Tripod: Promaster XC525c and Vanguard PH-111v – 46oz
  • Extra QR Plate – .5oz
  • ——-
    Total Optics Weight: 47.5oz / 2.9lbs

    Total Base Weight: 262.1 oz / 16.38lbs

    *The only thing that varies my base weight is the amount of food,
    which is on the high end 1.5lbs per day, and the amount of water.


    Backc ountry foodConsists of: Cliff Builders Bars, Costco Trail Mix, Mountain House meals, Belvita Crackers, Almond butter packets, Misc Granola Bars, GU Energy Chomps and Starbucks VIA packets!

    1.5lbs per day on the high end. Roughly 3500 calories per day

    Gear that is always on me:

    Steve Speck Elk

  • Shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3d
  • Sock: First Lite Compression
  • Shirt: First Lite Llano QZ
  • Boxers: First Lite Red Desert
  • Pants: Prana Stretch Zion
  • Binoculars: Swarovksi 10×42 SLC
  • Rangefinder: Leupold RX1000
  • Wind Checker
  • Chapstick!
  • Suunto Watch

  • For more back country hunting tips, listen to Steve’s Podcast

    A must listen for veteran or rookie, interested in back country hunting. Listen here.



    1. Josh says

      Awesome list but there’s some bad math in it.. For some reason the scope isn’t counted in the total.. I think the Sawyer Squeeze and Bladder with line has to weight more than 4oz, that seems impossible.. Probably more like 9oz realistically.. I think the list will barely stay under 20lbs, which is still super impressive

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