reddirt2 at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 20 19:30:04 CDT 2009
That's about my pack weight for an extended eight day photography packpack
including food, fuel, and an 8 lb medium format field camera rig. Ouch! A
couple things jump out at me imediately. If you knock 3 lbs off your
shelter, 1-1/2 off that sleeping bag, 4 lbs off the clothing, ditch the
sandals, send the axe ahead, get a lighter pack, a lighter stove, a short
Pro 4 Sleep pad, you'll probably get down below 20 lbs in short order, more
like 15 would be awsome for you I think. What really caught my attention is
you are at 35lbs before food and water, which will place you over 50lbs
perhaps on some sections...? See my point?
You don't need 9 lbs of clothing. You certainly don't need a 5 lb tent, or
a 4 lb sleeping bag. I seriously doubt carrying that Dragonfly stove is
necesarry unless cooking for a group and someone else is carrying the fuel !
And you are starting with a 5 lb pack !
Try light tarp for rain, and a bug net for bugs. 2 lbs max. get a 2 lb 20
degree sleeping bag. and look for a 3 lb pack. Lots of folks like a rain
poncho, but I prefer my light wt rain/wind shells. I just got an 11 oz
Paclite shell for many dollars, but I also got a 9 oz shell for 17 bucks
I actually just use cheap green plastic tarps, and an over the bed green
travel net from REI for a few years now and am quite pleased to be out of
the bivy and tent, not to mention the combo is lighter. I been using 2 lb
down sleeping bags from REI and Marmot for over ten years in the high
Just my thoughts, the important thing is to go, but you might enjoy the
walking a little more if you can chop some weight off. So far I really like
what folks are telling you. Suggestions only.
Have a great time getting ready !!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Dawson" <question.everything at live.com>
To: <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 1:28 PM
Subject: [pct-l] Weight
> Hey PCTers
> I just weighed all the things I'm going to take with me on the trail and I
> have come up with 34.88 lbs - that's if I were to hike naked which isn't
> going to happen. Here is my run down:
> Tent (MSR Hubba Hubba) 4.75 lbs
> Therma-rest (Pro-lite 4) 1.75 lbs
> Pack (Arc'teryx Naos 70) 4.75 lbs
> Sleeping Bag (MEC Asgaard) 3.94 lbs
> Cooking Stuff (MSR Dragonfly & MSR Pots) 2.63 lbs
> Clothing including Gore-tex shells 8.63 lbs
> Sandals 1.38 lbs
> First Aid/Toiletries 1.00 lbs
> Odds & Ends 1.44 lbs
> Luxuries 2.00 lbs
> Water Filter (Katadyn Pocket) 1.69 lbs
> Ice Axe 0.94 lbs
> Total: 34.88
> I'm curious to how much your packs weigh with everything in it minus food
> and water. I have taken a few things out to get the weight down. A few
> things I have weigh more than I would like them but its about comfort.
> Like my sleeping bag - Its good to -20C but weighs a bit more. I might get
> rid of some of my luxuries ... but that includes my camera and such small
> electronic things. I don't really wanna give those up.
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