My friend, Robert, says these good people we are going with are mostly traditional backpackers, so we will be the ultralight travelers in the group. Robert backpacks with this group often.
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My low weight "goal", while keeping me warm and safe, was to reach 10 pounds, and I'm close enough to that. I have read that the ultralight base weight both starts at 10 pounds, and at 12 pounds. With just a two pound difference, why really care? Over time, the loaded backpack weight will fluctuate some, and that is OK. I'm not "gram crazy", at least not yet!
My packing list adds up to a base weight of 11.36 pounds. Rounding, that's 11 pounds before water, food and fuel are added in. We will not have to carry water for the overnight, as there is a pond nearby. With about 2 pounds of food (1.5 pounds per day plus snacks), 4.8 pounds of water (2 liters) and a couple ounces of Esbit fuel tabs added, that would put me near 18 pounds for the fully loaded backpack. Nice!
By category, I am at just over 1 pound for my backpack system, 2.5 lbs for the sleeping system (less clothing), 4.27 lbs for the tent system (double what it should be). The cooking system is at 1 pound, the repair & backup kit is at 1/3 of a pound, the health kit is under 1/2 pound, and my clothing is at 1 and 1/2 pound, most of which I will be wearing for sleeping.
Now that 11.4 pounds above includes my 4.27 pound Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 tent. It seems the tent weight had suddenly increased from when I weighed it before, until I found that I didn't previously weigh all the tent stakes or add in the footprint (oops). This is a nice tent and it is well made and built heavy-duty to survive Boy Scout-aged users. It is very waterproof and lightweight in the older sense, but it is now considered a heavy tent in the ultralight backpacking world. My long term goal is to reduce my tent weight by at least 50% by purchasing a new tent, and I will do that at the first opportunity. Then I would be closer to 9 pounds base weight, which will be really cool!
Another way I can reduce weight is to repackage some of my health items into smaller containers, like the Hydropel and the Wilderness soap. We're only talking about reducing a couple of ounces here. I don't feel that I will need the full package of either one for a single overnight trip, and will make that change soon.
For heavy weather, I may also have to add in rain pants and some of the warm clothing listed above. My Kumo is good to carry a total of 25 pounds, so at a few pounds under that weight I should be just fine. Much, much better than the 60 pounds that I used to carry in the "old" days. For much longer duration trips I will need a larger backpack to carry my gear, like the REI Flash 45 I am looking into now.
My gear is packed with the sleeping pad folded into quarters in the back outside pocket of the Kumo backpack, next to my back. The tent stores vertically, in the outside front pocket. The sleeping quilt is inside the pack at the right bottom with the clothing and repair kit beside and on top of the sleeping bag. Then the cooking gear, health kit and food are in a Granite Gear air zip bag, laying sideways on top. Outside and on top of the trash compactor liner is the rain jacket. Two soft 1 liter water bottles are in each side pocket with the tent poles on the left side. Tent stakes and footprint are in the front pocket along with the water filter and tent. Snacks, camera and my "pocket items" are on me.
So here's my packing list for you backpackers, with the food and water weight included. The Gossamer Gear Kumo pack weight includes the hip belt, but no belt pockets. My apologies, the columns may not line up on your screens.
Lite Packer Ultralight Gear Backpacking Packing List, Spring 2013
System Name Ounces Grams Roll-Up Pounds
Backpack Backpack Gossamer Gear Kumo L 15.1 428
Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.3 40
Sub Total 17.4 1.08
Sleep Quilt Thermarest Alpine Quilt 35 Degree 24.1 686
Pad Thermarest Ridgerest 8.5 242
Sleep Socks Smartwool 3.0 86
Headlamp Petzl LED Headlamp 2.8 78
Storage Bag 1 For Sleeping Quilt 0.7 20
Sub Total 40.3 2.51
Shelter Tent Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 47.3 1340
Poles For Mystique 10.4 296
Stakes 6 Blue, 4 Regular Aluminum, Bag 5.3 150
Footprint 3.5 Mil Plastic w/ Bag 5.4 152
Sub Total 68.4 4.27
Cooking Pot Snow Peak 70 3.2 90
Lid Snow Peak Lid 1.1 32
Stove Esbit with MYOG Wind Screen 3.0 86
Spoon Titanium, Long Handle 0.6 16
Knife GSI 0.4 12
Cup GSI w/ Lid 2.8 80
Pot Holder Cloth 0.1 4
Lighter Mini Bic 0.2 6
Cozy Cozy w/ Clip 1.4 40
Mesh Storage Bag Mesh Bag 0.3 8
Food Bags Ops Sak (1.5 oz 42g each) 1.5 42
Storage Bag Granite Gear Air Zip Sack Medium 1.6 44
Sub Total 16.2 1.01
Repair & Backup Kit
2 Velcro double sided 4-inch strips 0.1 4
Mini flashlight 0.5 12
P-38 military-style folding can opener 0.1 4
10 Micropur water purification tablets 0.3 8
Waterproof matches in case 0.5 14
45 feet of 2 mm reflective EZC2 line 1.3 38
Paper Matches 0.1 2
3 Clothes Pins 0.4 12
2 foot Duct Tape Roll 0.1 4
Rest of Repair kit items in bag 0.3 8
Sewing kit, Dryer Lint, 2 Lens Cloths, 0 0
Eagle Creek Small Zipper Bag 1.0 26
Sub Total 4.7 0.29
Health Health Kit Toothbrush - Full Length 0.5 14
Toothpaste Tube Mini 0.9 26
Floss 0 0
Comb 0.1 6
Body Glide 1.1 32
Ear Plugs 0 0
Kit Bag 0.5 14
Ultra-Towel - Small 1.4 40
Wilderness Wash Soap 1.7 48
Wet Ones in Zip-Lock Bag (3) 0.4 12
Sub Total 6.6 0.41
Day Clothing Shirt 4.7 134
Underwear 2.2 62
Socks 1.9 54
Raincoat Marmot Rain Jacket 12.6 358
Storage Bag 0.9 26
Sub Total 22.3 1.39
Hydration Platypus 1 Litre, Foldable, Empty 1.3 36
Platypus 1 Litre, Foldable, Empty 1.3 36
Water Purifier Sawyer Squeeze 2.4 68
Sawyer Squeeze 2 Litre Bag, Empty 0.9 26
Sub Total 5.9 0.36
Water 2 - 1 Litre Bottles Water Weight Plus Bottle 36.2 1026
Water Weight Plus Bottle 36.2 1026
1 - 2 Litre Bottle Water Weight Plus Bottle (when used)
Sub Total 144.8 4.4
Fuel 3.5 Esbit Tabs Tab Weight Only (0.4 oz 12g each) 1.9 54
Sub Total 1.9 0.12
Food (1.5 pounds per day) 32 2
Base Weight 181.8 5136 11.36 lbs.
Pack Weight 322.6 9388 17.88 lbs.