Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Backpack Weight For The Rockies

The Spanish Peaks
I am planning to write more this summer about backpacking in the Colorado Rockies.  I'll go more into the details later, but I will be backpacking 10 to 12 overnights this summer, all along the front range.  I now have a tent plus almost all the equipment needed, as long as I avoid snow and ice. Some trips will be with friends, some will be alone.  I plan to cook some different meals, watch for stars at night and I plan to speak with everyone I pass along the trail and capture my thoughts using pencil and paper.
My start will be in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, where I will sleep in the great dune field wilderness and watch the night sky.  From there I will move mostly north to specific sites weekly along the front range where the unique area, the scenic beauty and nature will be shown to those who have never backpacked here before.  The goal is to entice you.
Most of these trails will be new to me, though one or two have been visited before.  So let's start with my gear.  I'll update the parts of the list that change this summer.
My base weight has increased by 2-3 pounds this year, mostly for National Park Requirements.  2+ pounds of that is a Bear Vault 4.5 container, the other pound is partly the tent and heavier duty items like stakes and a propane stove (stove must have an on-off valve).

Lite Packer Ultralight Gear Backpacking Packing List, Summer 2016
System Name Ounces GramsOz Roll-Up Pounds
BackpackGossamer Gear Kumo L15.1428
LinerTrash Compactor Bag2.340
QuiltThermarest Alpine Quilt 35 Degree24.1686
PadThermarest Z-Lite Short10.6300
SocksSleep Socks Smartwool384
ClothingLong Underwear Shirt9.3264
Long Underwear Bottoms8226
Ear Plugs00
Bag Mesh0.616
Hat 1.954
LightPetzl LED Headlamp2.878
Storage Bag For Sleeping Quilt0.720
RaincoatMarmot Rain Jacket12.6358
Polarplus Jacket18.6526
Candle Lantern4.2120
Sub Total99.86.2375
TentTent REI Quarter Dome 1 25.9738
PolesPoles For Qtr1 9.7274
StakesStakes 6 Blue, 2 Regular Aluminum, Bag5.1144
Sub Total40.72.54375
Cooking Gear
PotCooking Pot Snow Peak 70 3.290
Lid Snow Peak Lid1.132
StovePropane Stove 3.5100Stove Esbit 3.0 86
Old Sock (carries backpack stove)0.616
UtinsilsSpoon Titanium, Long Handle 0.616
Knife GSI 0.412
CupCup GSI w/ Lid 2.880
Pot Holder Cloth 0.14
LighterLighter Mini Bic 0.26
Cozy Cozy w/ Clip 1.440
SoapWilderness Wash Soap 1.748
Mesh Storage Bag 0.38
StorageFood Bags Ops Sak  1.542
Bear Vault 33.1938
Sub Total50.53.15625
Repair & Backup Kit
2 Velcro 4-inch strips 0.14
Princeton Tech Flashlight 0.26
P-38 folding can opener0.14
10 Micropur water purification tablets0.38
Waterproof matches in case 0.514
45 feet of 2 mm reflective EZC2 line 1.338
Paper Matches 0.12
3 Clothes Pins0.412
2 foot Duct Tape Roll 0.14
Rest of Repair kit items in bag 0.38
Sewing kit, Dryer Lint, 2 Lens Cloths00
Eagle Creek Small Zipper Bag 126
Signal Reflector0.48
Bread Bags Waterproofing X2 0.720
Emergency Blanket 1.954
Wet Ones Large (used)0.618
Sub Total80.5
Health Kit
Toothbrush 0.514
Toothpaste Tube Used 1.646
Comb 0.16
Body Glide1.132
MYOG Mini Deodorant0.26
Ear Plugs0.14
Tylenol 6X 0.410
Prescription 0.14
Kit Bag 0.514
Ultra-Towel - Small 1.440
Wet Ones 3X Small 0.412
Sub Total6.40.4
Platypus 1 Litre, Foldable, Empty 1.336
Platypus 1 Litre, Foldable, Empty 1.336
Gatorade 1 QT  (Below)
Gatorade 1 QT  (Below)
PurifierWater Purifier Sawyer Squeeze 2.468
Sawyer Squeeze 2 Litre Bag, Empty 0.926
Silicone Funnel1.130
Empty 16 oz bottle1.542
Sub Total 8.50.53125
Water Weight
Water - 1 Litre Bottle Water Weight Plus Bottle 35.81016
Water - 1 Litre Bottle Water Weight Plus Bottle 35.81016
Sub Total 71.64.475
Canister Butane/Propane  7.5212Fuel 3.5 Esbit Tabs  1.9 54
Sub Total
Food (1.5 pounds per day)
Cliff Bar Minis 3X 130
Mac & Cheese 384
Can Chicken 4.4124
Sub Total9.10.56875
Clothing Worn
Shorts 2.262
Socks 1.952
Camera Fuji XP80 Worn Outside 6.3180
iPhone 5.5156
Monocular 3.7104
Sunscreen 0.822
Botanical Bug Spray 0.514
Compass 1.130
mini-tripod 1.644
Mechanical Pencil 0.410
Book 1.130
5 Grocery Bags (use as stakes)128
Trash Bag - 1 gal Ziplok0.26
Sub Total94.35.89375
Base Weight231.314.45
Pack Weight319.519.96
Skin Out Weight413.825.86

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