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What is in my pack?

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Post by Scuba » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:39 pm

One of the easiest ways to ruin a hike is by having to carry too much weight. This begs the eternal question, what is too much weight?

If you ever humped a ruck in the military, then you know 60-100 lbs is doable, but it isn't comfortable. Also 90% of packs you will carry in the military are heavy-ish external frame packs. In rec hiking, 5lbs is a heavy pack, and most people consider light to be under 2.5 lbs. So right there you have you first way to cut weight off your back, get a light(er) pack.

Here is my pack list form my last trip
Zimmerpack 37oz

Dream Hammock Sparrow (net only) 28.5 oz ( this is my heavy Hex70 hammock) my new Robic model will way about 1/2 this)

15ft tree straps 3.1 oz

Nano Camp 22 Carabiner (2 for suspension, 2 just in case) 4 @ 22g ea

Vargo Ti Shepherd Hook 6 @ 9g ea (for my ground tarp)

UGQ Multicam WD 11 in skins (my heavy tarp) 968g

Ground tarp 7.3 oz

Toaks Ti V-stake 8 @ 9g ea (for the WD)

40 UGQ Zeppelin UQ 19.8 oz

40 UGQ Flight Jacket TQ 13.9 oz

UQP 286 g

Small Jetboil canister 211g

Jetboil Flash 14.55 oz

SeaToSummit XLBowl 117g

SeaToSummit 3p cutlery 29g

BlackDiamond Spot 90g

Helinox One Chair 960g

Helinox One Table 700g

ExOfficio Boxer Brief 100g

Darn Tough Socks 75g


MSR Guardian Filter 15oz


This is about 15lb WITH 2lbs of luxury items (The Helinox items). For water I carry 2 small water bottles in my Ribz pack and filter when possible. Food is less than 5lbs for a 2 night trip.


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Post by brianb2 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:05 pm

Good list. I'm around 15 as well. Packing up tomorrow for a weekend trip. I'll try to weigh things as I put them in.
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Post by Rick TDBT » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:22 pm

That's not bad at all. I have been watching some of these AT hikers this year and most of them have similar weights if not more. So that is a good base weight.
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Post by Idaho Hanger » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:39 pm

A little curious about the list, don't see first aid, fire starting implements, knife, water storage, rain gear, base layer or jacket for warmth, warm hat..... Not sure if you didn't need those things, if so I'm a little jealous. We can't go into the backcountry here without rain gear and the proper gear to drop below freezing at night. Even in July we still have snow on north slopes and frosty mornings.

I'll post my list shortly, and I'm quite interested to see lists from everybody else. A lot of my weight savings have come from seeing what others are doing.
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Post by GregD » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:00 pm

Idaho Hanger wrote:We can't go into the backcountry here without rain gear and the proper gear to drop below freezing at night. Even in July we still have snow on north slopes and frosty mornings.
We didn't even have a hard freeze this year.

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Post by Scuba » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:01 pm

Idaho Hanger wrote:A little curious about the list, don't see first aid, fire starting implements, knife, water storage, rain gear, base layer or jacket for warmth, warm hat..... Not sure if you didn't need those things, if so I'm a little jealous. We can't go into the backcountry here without rain gear and the proper gear to drop below freezing at night. Even in July we still have snow on north slopes and frosty mornings.

I'll post my list shortly, and I'm quite interested to see lists from everybody else. A lot of my weight savings have come from seeing what others are doing.
Rarely is it cold enough to require warm gear here in South Texas. My lighter is in my pocket, my first aid kit and knife on my belt, water (2 Fred water bottles) and pistol in my RIBZ pack.
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Post by Idaho Hanger » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:36 am

Scuba wrote:Rarely is it cold enough to require warm gear here in South Texas. My lighter is in my pocket, my first aid kit and knife on my belt, water (2 Fred water bottles) and pistol in my RIBZ pack.
I suppose not, huh?

Anyway, here's my list for a multiple-day trip, minus food. Parallel 43 is my cottage gear endeavor, hope to have our website filled out a bit with options and online ordering soon. Day jobs......

Packing:
Pack Cover - 50L - Gray 30d Sil. 2.5oz
Food Bag - Gray - 30d Sil 1.0oz
Stuff Sack - Silnylon - 10x16 - For Quilts 1.7oz
Pack - Osprey Exos - 58L - No Lid 38.2oz

Shelter:
Hammock - Parallel 43 Cloudwing - 1.0 Robic Blue/Orange, NS50 netting - Whoopies - 7' Straps 17.9oz
Tarp - Parallel 43 Hex - 12' x 11'- 30d Silnylon - Gray - Lines And Aluminum Y-Stakes 22.6oz

Sleep
TopQuilt - Parallel 43 Prototype - Down - +25 - 6' Rectangular - Gray/Orange 22.8oz
UnderQuilt - Parallel 43 Prototype - Down - +25 - Torso Length - Gray/Orange 18.0oz
Pad - Foot Pad - 15x24 2.0oz

Cooking:
Stove - BRS 3000 0.9oz
Pot - Snow Peak Trek 700 With Lid 4.5oz
Spoon - Titanium - Long 0.6oz
Spork - Titanium 0.5oz
Misc - Reflectix Cozy - Trek 700 1.3oz
Misc - Dishtowel And Scouring Pad 0.5oz
Water Purification - Sawyer Mini - 2x32oz - Syringe - Hang Kit 7.4oz
Water Storage - Smartwater Bottle - 1L 1.3oz
Water Storage - Platypus Soft Bottle - 2L 1.3oz
Water Storage - Drinking Tube for Platy. 2.3oz

Clothing:
Hard Shell - Marmot Spectra Rain Jacket 11.8 oz
Down - Sierra Designs Better Down Vest 6.8oz
Base Layer - Columbia Bottoms - Expedition 7.0oz
Base Layer - Patagonia Capilene Shirt - Light 7.9oz
Socks - Darn Tough - Crew - Hiking - Light Cushion 2.0oz
Boxers - Ex-Officio - 2.5oz
Misc - Buff 1.3oz
Hat - Parallel 43 Down Beanie 1.8oz

Optional Clothing, Weather Dependent:
Hard Shell - Marmot Precip Rain Pants 9.6oz
Fleece - Eddie Bauer 1/4 zip - 100W - 10.4oz
Gloves - Utility 2.3oz

Other:
Lighting - Headlamp - Black Diamond Cosmo 3.1oz
Lighting - Lantern - Mpowerd Solar Lantern 3.5oz
First Aid Kit - 3.8oz
Fire - Bic Lighter - Mini 0.4oz
Fire - Ferro Rod And Striker 1.0oz
Fire - Cotton And Petroleum Jelly 1.0oz
Misc - Compass .9oz
Misc - Jet Scream Whistle 0.3oz
Misc - Paracord - 275 - 50' 1.5oz
Bear Bag Kit - 50' Tech Line 1.1oz
Tools - Trowel 3.0oz
Tools - Gerber Fixed Blade Knife - 6.9oz

Base Weight is just under 15lbs with the optional clothing

Optional Gear:
Fishing Rod - 8.2oz
Spinners and lures - 5.1oz
Nikon DSLR - heavy

Worn/Carried :
Sunglasses
Komperdell Trekking Poles
Shirt - Quick Dry - Button Down - Long Sleeve
Pants - Mountain Hardwear Convertible
Boxers - Ex Officio
Socks - Darn Tough - 1/4 Height - Hiking - Extra Cushion
Boots - Asolo Neutron GTX
Baseball Cap
Pistol

Consumables that always go:
JetBoil Fuel - 100g: 3-5 Days 6.8oz
Toothbrush/Paste 1.5oz
Toilet Paper 0.5oz
Wet Wipes 3.5oz
Water - 1L. 35.3oz

This puts base weight just under 15lbs, with consumables before food I'm still under 18, food averages 1.5-2lbs per day.

Looking forward to seeing other's lists.
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Post by Idaho Hanger » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:47 am

GregD wrote:We didn't even have a hard freeze this year.
That seems crazy to me. I live in the high desert, with endless mountains just to my north. Last week we got down to 25 degrees one morning and last Sunday was almost 80 in the afternoon.

The need for gear to hit freezing (and have a really light pack) is mostly due to altitude. My last big hike in August started at 8000', went up to 9400, down to 8600, back up to 10k, down to 9500 over a 9-mile hike. If you ever get up this way, Chamberlain Basin in the Boulder/White Cloud range should be on your bucket list.
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Post by sarge » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:15 am

Idaho Hanger wrote:
GregD wrote:We didn't even have a hard freeze this year.
That seems crazy to me. I live in the high desert, with endless mountains just to my north. Last week we got down to 25 degrees one morning and last Sunday was almost 80 in the afternoon.

The need for gear to hit freezing (and have a really light pack) is mostly due to altitude. My last big hike in August started at 8000', went up to 9400, down to 8600, back up to 10k, down to 9500 over a 9-mile hike. If you ever get up this way, Chamberlain Basin in the Boulder/White Cloud range should be on your bucket list.
The highest point on the Lone Star Trail is about 500' ASL. Gotta climb a tree just to see the horizon.
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Post by Scuba » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:58 am

Idaho Hanger wrote:
GregD wrote:We didn't even have a hard freeze this year.
That seems crazy to me. I live in the high desert, with endless mountains just to my north. Last week we got down to 25 degrees one morning and last Sunday was almost 80 in the afternoon.

The need for gear to hit freezing (and have a really light pack) is mostly due to altitude. My last big hike in August started at 8000', went up to 9400, down to 8600, back up to 10k, down to 9500 over a 9-mile hike. If you ever get up this way, Chamberlain Basin in the Boulder/White Cloud range should be on your bucket list.
I lived on the bench (foothills) above Layton Utah for 3 years, spent plenty of time wandering all over Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. South Texas is like being on a different planet in comparison. The coldest I have ever hung here was this past year at our Frozen Butt Hang in January, mid 20s with a serious wind chill. 90% of the fall and winter here a 40 degree quilt set is sufficient for insulation. Now north of San Antonio, in the Hill Country, you can regularly expect freezing temps throughout the deepest parts of winter, but it is worth it as the Hill Country is beautiful.
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Post by Idaho Hanger » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:44 pm

sarge wrote:The highest point on the Lone Star Trail is about 500' ASL. Gotta climb a tree just to see the horizon.
That kind of appeals to me. I haven't been on a backpacking trip in years that wasn't just up and down, up and down, and all above 5000'. It's very taxing physically. I read about guys doing 20 miles in a day and realize how much terrain and altitude play into it. Mileage is only mildly helpful for estimating difficulty when it comes to backpacking.
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Post by sarge » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:25 pm

Yah, terrain is fairly easy, thus the pack requirements vary from elsewhere.

OTOH, it makes shooting an azimuth to known terrain features to triangulate a position a bit chancy.
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Post by Idaho Hanger » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:59 pm

I didn't really think about that before. The terrain here is so tall it's usually easy to find your way with a topo map and a compass.
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