OK… I have not really done an update here in a while and here is the deal. A few months back, I think after we got back from Philmont I proclaimed that as I get older, my pack needs to get lighter. I know that I have said that before and I really hate the idea of being lumped into the category of “Gram Weenie”… BUT… the more I have been researching, planning, and tearing apart my pack in search of the “perfect” base weight, I have… wait for it… become a “Gram Weenie”.. well sort of.
I have undertaken a new obsession in this quest to reduce weight. My first rule is that I will not sacrifice Safety or Comfort. Beyond that I have set a goal to get to a 16 lb base weight.
So.. I will be posting my progress here as well as updates on the video of my gear and a new chart of the gear that I am currently using and the weight.
The list below is what I used to carry. I am going to leave it up for now and will reformat when I update my current list.
Here is a list of my gear:
Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock
Hennessy Hex tarp (10X12)
3 Season – Big Agnes Encampment 15 degree
Winter – Army Black bag 0 degree
Pad- Hennessy Radiant Double Bubble pad
Homemade under quilt
MSR Whisper lite Universal or the Esbit Alcohol stove
MSR Duralite pot or Imusa aluminum mug
T-Fal One Egg wonder pan
REI TiWare Spork
Sea to Summit collapsible Bowl
REI Insul mug
Poly Pro long underwear
Nike Synthetic top
North Face Denali gloves
Marmot glove liners
Columbia Sportswear winter hat w/ Omni Heat
Columbia Sportswear pants w/Omni Heat
Columbia Sportswear Hail Tech pants
REI E1 parka
Mountain Hardware Nutshell Gaitors
Nite Ize relective rope (extra line)
MSR Stove repair kit
toilet paper and Bio Bags
MSR Titanium stakes (5)
Katadyn Base camp water filter
Mountain Hardware Koa 55
Just a note on weight. The base weight (no food or water) of this load is 23 lbs. I do not skimp on comfort and warmth.
Like I have I said in the past, I am not a gram weenie. I shave weight because I want be comfortable when I hike.
This load also includes the winter clothing that I will have for the next couple months.
This weight fluctuates by about 3 lbs in the summer.
If you have any questions, please ask.
Have a Great Scouting Day!