The days of lightening your pack up are here. What exactly is “going light”? There are varying views of lightweight backpacking. To some, a 35 lb pack is going light because they formerly had a pack that weighed 70 lbs! Like hauling gold bars in your pack, 35 lbs would be to others. For some, going light means giving comfort and spending a month’s pay check on ultra light equipment. We don’t want to define what is or isn’t ultra light backpacking. Our 10 hints are fundamental ideas to help anyone lose extra weight in their pack regardless if you’ve got a 60 pound pack or a 20 lb pack. These helpful suggestions and hints can be utilized for short day trips or long 14 day trips.
Here are 10 suggestions to assist you to begin your journey.
1. Begin with the 3 most heavy items you’ll take. Tent, pack and sleeping bag. If your tent, sleeping bag or pack are more than 5 years old, there’s an excellent chance you’ll have the ability to shave 2-5 pounds off each one without sacrificing comfort or function. Plan on saving up to 15 lbs., if you have to update all 3
Healthy objective weights for the 3 most heavy items while backpacking to September.
d. 3000 to 4000 cubic inch pack: 2 to 4 lbs.
Look at what you did and did not use, when you return from your trip. If the item was n’t used by you, consider taking it outside. After a couple of excursions, you will recognize what you do not use and keep taking. The following time you go out, leave the thing from your pack. It may take awhile before you are comfortable leaving particular items at home.
I learned some very bad packing hints from my Scout Master. Scout Masters are the worst packers. Iron Griddles, 32 oz. can of syrup, firewood, you name it and the Scoutmaster will pack it. They misunderstand the scout motto “Be Prepared”. I would be packaging a defibrillator if I wanted to continually be prepared. Being prepared for every possible situation while backpacking is hopeless. We’ll leave this up for you to determine what your “prepared” comfort level is. If you need to take a defibrillator because it enables you to feel prepared, then I suggest merely auto camping and you can take whatever you need.
2. Planning your trip ahead of time can help you discover which things you should bring or leave at home. Is there food, water, shelter or fuel where you are headed? If so, consider leaving items you know you can buy or get as you go along. Case in point. We left at 6:00 pm on Thursday and we were back at work by 9:00am the next day. My pack base weight, that is the weight of my pack without water and food, was about 13 lbs. Water is 2.2lbs per liter. The hike wasn’t too awful, only . When we reached our camp, there was a stream about 100 yards away. I looked at my Nalgene bladder and it’d about 2.5liters of water left out of 3. Bringing along an Aquamira (1oz), MSR SweetWater Filter (11 oz) or some other kind of filter/purifier would have made my hike that much more enjoyable.
3. A dry camp is when no water is available. A camp that is wet is when a water source is available. If your camp is not wet, you might really save weight by not using dehydrated food. If you are simply going to add water you carried in the bottom to your dehydrated food, you might as well bring foods that are whole. Plus, the food will taste better and it won’t give you gas.
4. Backpack with your brain. A buddy of mine invited me on a 4 day trip into Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon, before I began backpacking with my brain. I do recall it being fairly heavy, although I have no idea how much my pack weighed. I also recall warming up a can of chicken noodle soup that is prepared and eating a can of peaches. Water and food can turn a 20lb pack into a 40lb pack. Water weighs 2.2 lbs per liter and food can weight just as much. Dehydrated food is a great way to save weight if you’ve got a water source to boil water. Some meals do not even need boiled water which means you can make the cooker and fuel at home. The meals taste fantastic too. Mountainhouse, Alpine Aire, and Backpacker’s Pantry, Natural High, Richmoor have done an excellent job perfecting.
5.Multi-use tools. Have you ever ever considered using your bandana as a pot lifter or first aid sling? How about down jacket as a pillow? Your trekking poles as tent poles? Underwear as a prefilter? You get the idea. Many items in your gear arsenal can be multipurpose in function.
6. Does it take to sleep 3 people? Three if you are camping with 2 other men. One if your camping with 2 other girls (make that one sleeping bag additionally). Virtually everything can be shared by you if you are backpacking in groups, which will be considerably more enjoyable! Items to share: first aid kits, water filters, stoves, tents, matches, toothpaste, camp soap, fuel, sunscreen. Leave yours at home, if one man is taking a thing that everyone can use.
7. Entertainment. Leave iEspresso at home, ibook, and your ipod. You might be hiking at 10,000 feet to get away from all that. Buy the compact binoculars if they must be brought by you. Bring a little digicam and leave the Cannon Digital Rebel at home.
8.Purchase a pack with less volume, then you are compelled to leave outside items.
9. man tent: sub 3 lbs.
10. person tent: sub 5 lbs.