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#163431 - 03/07/12 01:19 AM Re: All in weight for a weekend [Re: skcreidc]
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I do have to say that in the old days people rarely weighed packs - they simpley where what they were.
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#163439 - 03/07/12 10:18 AM Re: All in weight for a weekend [Re: Jimshaw]
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And there's a great deal of wisdom in that. I'm not going to take more or less or different stuff just because YOUR pack is 2 pounds lighter than mine. Pack weight, whether "base" or "from skin out" is only useful as a starting point:

"Hey, Bill, I see your pack is smaller than mine, and when I lift yours, it's a lot lighter than mine. How much does it weigh?"

"Well, Sue, before food, fuel and water, it's about 14 pounds; the food and water add about 4 or 5."

Now we can, if Sue wants to, begin to talk about how to reduce the weight of her pack. Much of that discussion is going to be about techniques, which can affect both base and FSO weight, food, and water. (A lighter shelter affects base weight only; a switch to freezer bag cooking can affect both base weight - less cook gear - and consumables - less food weight.)

Beyond that, comparing my base weight to yours, if we both are happy with our loads, is pretty pointless, and comparing FSO weights even more so, since preference and technique figures so heavily into it. (I like trail shoes and shorts, you may like full-on boots and long pants; you carry a Kabar knife, I carry a tiny Gerber LST Mini.)

In the end, the first priority is take only what you need, then carry the lightest functional version you can find.

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#163545 - 03/08/12 08:50 PM Re: All in weight for a weekend [Re: Steadman]
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[quote=Steadman]OK, referencing two conversations we're having, what is everybody's pack weight (step on the scale naked, step on the scale ready to head up the trail w/food, water, etc) weight for a weekend.

I walked out the door with about 35lbs on my back over President's day weekend, and had way too much food at the end of the hike (learning). [/quote
I assume you mean summer, weekend only I would maybe be heavy. Might tend to not go ultralight on food. No long weekend places to hike any distance close around here. Best case scenario would be Ice age trail. even then what 4 miles a day loop? Might carry steak potatos and real eggs. I sure wont fire up dehydrator for two day trip. Pretty broad spectrum but I will say pack would be 30 pounds including 6 pack or so! Short hike im gonna live a little bit!

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#163639 - 03/09/12 09:26 PM Re: All in weight for a weekend [Re: Steadman]
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Over the winter I hit the sales and upgraded to lighter gear wherever I could cheaply.

Right now for a spring overnighter, my pack is at 25 lb, including food and 1.4 liters of water. My sleeping bag is a zero degree-rated 4.6 lb synthetic fill bag, and my pack is a 25 year old Jansport that weighs 4.4 lb, so two of the "big three" still have plenty of weight to cut.

This summer I am looking forward to switching to a fleece liner bag and a UL pack. Then I should be around 19 lb. including food and water.

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