austinwilliams123 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 24 01:11:40 CST 2010
I think I can get my base pack wieght under 4 lbs. Closer to 3 lbs than 4,
but probably still above 3 pounds. I'm toying with the idea of doing a
resupply at Big Lake Youth Camp (perhaps one or two others... haven't worked
that out yet). I'll be doing nocook of course... but I don't know about
powdered... I'd be going with food that is no-cook, no prep time, and can
be eaten while hiking.
I can get away with this weight and choice of food because:
a) The trip would only be 9 days
b) it would be undertaken shortly after mid-summer (meaning I can use my 50
degree bag and take only a thin .7 mil sheet of plastic to use as an
So it seems like her complaint was due to too much gear for the bag (which
probably made it very uncomfortable). But the bag didn't tear or puncture
with regular, ulta-light use?
On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Paul Robison <paulrobisonhome at yahoo.com>wrote:
> the only person i knew who used a super ultralight pack (sewed it
> herself) was miserable... but she had too much gear in it.
> if you have your gear lined up where you have like a 6 or 7 pound
> base-weight then i would consider it, but not before.
> on a nine day speed run, are you just going to use powder diet? if so you
> could get all nine days food allotment down to 8.5 pounds.
> *From:* Austin Williams <austinwilliams123 at gmail.com>
> *To:* pct-l at backcountry.net
> *Sent:* Mon, November 22, 2010 7:38:55 PM
> *Subject:* [pct-l] Zpacks
> Anyone have any experience with ZPacks? I'm seriously considering buying
> one. I currently use a Ray-Way (a DIY version of the GoLite Breeze).
> For my uses, the Ray-Way is tad-bit too heavy (at 9 oz) and has a little
> more capacity than I use (I think it has 3,700 cui). I don't think I'll
> need more than about 2,600 cui.
> I'm eyeballing the ZPack "Zero" (Large cuben fiber version) with a center
> pocket (total weight 3.05 ounces).
> I'm a little worried about durability as I've never used cuben fiber
> before. Any opinions?
> I'm (*very* *very* noncommittally) considering a speed record attempt on
> Oregon section of the PCT next summer with a buddy of mine (please don't
> hold us to it, we're just considering it). I'm looking at
> extremely-ultralight gear options to facilitate 18 hours of hiking per day
> for 9 days. Obviously cuben fiber has come to mind.
> Austin Williams
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