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12 lb list
Pack + Sleeping Gear + Shelter
ULA P-2 Pack, Pack Rainfly 2 lb 9 oz (41oz)
Western Mountaineering Versalite sleeping bag , stuff sack 2 lb 4 oz (36 oz)
Thermarest 3/4 ultralight pad , stuff sack 1 lb 1 oz (17 oz)
Bibler Bivy 9 oz
Total 6 lb 7 oz (103 oz)
DriDucks Rain Jacket and Pants 8 oz
Montbell Down Inner Sweater 7 oz
Patagonia capilene long sleeve shirt 6.5oz
Gramicci nylon long sleeve pants 7 oz
Mtn Hardware Fleece Hat/gloves 3 oz
1 extra pair socks/undies 3.5 oz
Total 2 lb 3oz (35 oz)
Total 1 lb 12.5 oz (28.5 oz)
Water Bottle 6 oz
Ursack 6 oz
Titanium Cup/lid 3 oz
Reading Glasses 3 oz
Silnylon daypack 3 oz
Kindle 8.5 oz
Total 1 lb 13.5 oz (29.5 oz)
Grand Total (with 0 optional items) 12 lb 6 oz
Wearing (not included in weights)
Ball cap w/flaps
What is up with the 6 oz water bottle? Is that a Nalgene?
I weighed some Lexan/Polycarbonate water bottles I have here, a couple of weeks ago...
A couple of thicker walled ones (a 'Nalgene' 1 litre widemouth, and a copycat..) weighed something like 5.3 and 5.7 ounces (150-something grams..);
A thinner walled 750 ml bottle and a white 'HDPE' bottle weighed between 2 and 3 oz. each..
A couple of those collapsible type bottles, including a Nalgene ~ seem a better bet at 2.3 oz for 1.3 litre capacity. Just a pity they're so pricey, still..
AS FOR "Ndwoods" 12 lb list :
* What are those "minerals, etc."
* I don't own a Kindle ~ that's weight I will waste somewhere else..
* Half those "options" (e.g: stove, sunglasses, whistle, walking pole..) could be considered as "essentials" for where I sometimes go;
* I don't carry a pillowcase, crampons or headnet, down here..
On the other hand, I would tend to carry more in the way of first aid and repair/emergency kits; and my backpack isn't a lightweight model...
I reckon Ndwoods could succeed in his kit being 2 or 3 lbs lighter than my typical outfit for an overnighter, or just a few days..
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I am always impressed by someone who can make a packing trip out of 12lbs. My hat is off to you! I am even more impressed at the attempt to lighten the load further.
I will say that some of us have an addiction to reading. No, I will not go to a 12 step group for it. (I'd just have to read more books on 12 step and addiction, so it wouldn't really work anyway...) Without an e-reader, I've found myself trying to cap book weight at about 1.5lbs., and that's rather severely limited my reading material as it is. One field guide, a journal, a Bible, and one pleasure book of my choice. I've literally decided on pleasure reading in light of pack weight, and it's often been the same book - a particular translation of "Volsung Saga" because it's lighter than everything else I might want to bed down with.
I just got a 5 oz. compact e-reader, and it's already loaded with the paper equivalent of 30lbs. of books. If you really can't do without reading (and I will readily admit I can't), a Kindle may not really be wasted weight at all.
There is a possibility for an e-reader to serve multi-purpose, since many of them can display .pdf files. All my topographic mapping software permits saving maps to .pdf format, so an e-reader could serve as a back-up map in addition to reading material. (This will depend heavily on the e-reader, since some are better at displaying .pdf's than others, and some have better screens for graphics than others.)
Just my 3 cents worth, but in my world, the e-reader is saved weight, not wasted. Others may well disagree.
P.S. The comments on water bottle weight is great, since now I'm re-evaluating my own choices in light of this.
I read a fair bit day-to-day, so I reckon I could comfortably go a few days on a hike without reading. I never take a Bible with me travelling; and as for leisure/pleasure reading, I found years ago that I rarely read them when I packed them - so now I don't bother to carry them either.
The few small books I will carry ~ first aid, survival, repair guide, any field or travel guides ~ could be a couple of ounces each, so that's maybe half a pound. Add a few maps and a notepad, and that jumps to half a kilo' pretty quick (Half a kilogram = 1.1 pounds..)
SO, from that point of view - an e-reader or tablet could save over half a pound !
The heavy bottle and the kindle
Yea, I actually would have to dig my bottle out and weigh it again as this list is actually kinda old. But, I know the bottle is a bit heavier. It's a bicycle type bottle that's taller with the "waist." I have a P-2 and the P-2s have a little mini bungee cord setup on your shoulder straps so you just carry a water bottle and drink as you go. Kind like camelbaking except with a bottle so much easier to refill etc. I love this set up. I could prob find a lighter bottle with a "waist" tho.....
And yes, kindles. I too have toyed with a tablet. But not willing to spend the money yet, have other things on my "buy" list. But even if I got a tablet, I would not part with my kindle. I have the basic one with the little keyboard on the bottom and I can read 6 books on a charge! And it weighs less than one paperback. I think they have others that weigh less than mine too. Just a note for anyone who might buy one....the Barnes and Noble Nook does not have free books or easy access to them. I have bought dozens of free books for my kindle.....all the old classics and American History like "kidnapped by indians" one of a dozen true stories from the settling of the west, and all of edgar rice burroughs books etc etc etc are all free.
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