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Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
JMT 2008 Gearlist (Aug-Sep) on 12/05/2007 18:35:39 MST Print View

You can view the gearlist in my profile, or click below. I'm trying to decide on a few more items, and lighten a few others. Any and all feedback is highly welcome! Thanks in advance. Also, if there is a better/easier way to display my gearlist, please let me know.

JMT 2008 Gearlist

Edited by Sponge on 12/05/2007 18:37:12 MST.

Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Help me out guys on 12/06/2007 05:23:29 MST Print View

No one cares to chime in? I'll try to add the list to the posting for easier viewing:

Basic Items Ounces Replacement
Backpack 48 GG Nimbus Ozone ULA Circuit
Rain Cover 2.9 GG
Tent 26 SMD Lunar Solo
Sleeping bag/Quilt 16 Marmot Atom JRB No Sniveler
Sleeping pad 14 Thermarest Prolite Short BMW Torsolite
Pillow 4 Thermarest stuff sack Flexair / Platy
Stuff sacks 6 3 ea. Silnylon Cuben sacks
Basic Total (lbs) 7.30625

Cook Items Ounces
Stove 5 Brunton Crux SP Giga / F1
Cook Pot 6 Primus kettle MSR Titan
Cleaning items 0.6 CampSuds in dropper
Spoon 0.4 Titanium Spork BPL Ti Spoon
Cook Items Tote Bag 1 Mesh
Lighter 0.5 Mini Bic
Bear proof container 28 ??? Ursack / Bearikade
Cozy 0 ??? FBC / Trail Designs
Cook Total (lbs) 2.59375

Personal Ounces
First Aid Kit 6 AM Ultralight + Tylenol PM
Headlamp 6 PrincetonTec Aurora Petzl E-Lite
Water Filtration 3 Micropur tabs
Toiletries 8 Toothbrush, Contacts, Glasses LASIK
Trowel+TP 6 Montbell +Wet Wipes Cut shop towels
Body Soap 2 Dr. Bronners Soap
Multitool 6 Leatherman Micra
Sanitizer 4 Purell
Camera+case 6.2 Canon SD750 in bubblesack
Tripod 4 Ultrapod 2 (modified)
Sunscreen 2 Dermatone
Bug Repellent 2 100% Deet in mini dropper
Emergency Kit 1 Waterproof matches + dryer lint BPL Firesteel mini
Platy Bottles 8 2x1L
Trekking Poles 12 BD Contour Flicklock GG Lighttrek 3
Lanyard w/Compass 4 Worn on neck Paracord bracelet
Personal Total (lbs) 5.0125

Clothing Ounces
Shirt 3.1 Nike synth running shirt
Running Shorts 3.5 Nike synth running shorts w/liner
Socks + Underwear 2 Smartwool Adrenaline qtr (2) DTV / DeFeet
Shoes + gaiters 10 Solomon XA Pro 3D +levagaiters Hardrocks
Rain Jacket 8 Marmot Precip TNF Diad
Insulation Jacket 14 MHW Windstopper Fleece Montbell Down
Gloves 3 Marmot Fleece BD Powerstretch
Stocking Hat 1.7 MHW Fleece Beanie Possumdown
Bottom Base Layer 4 Duofold lightweight poly Patagonia Wool
Upper Base Layer 5 Patagonia capilene L/S Patagonia Wool
Bandanas 2.3 Generic (2) Buff
Rain Pants 6 Marmot Precip ULA rain wrap
Wind Shirt 6 Solomon Fast&Light II Patagonia Houdini
Wind Pants 0 ??? Monbell / Golite
Hat 4 Marmot Visor Headsweats Pro
Clothing Total (lbs) 4.5375

Consumables Ounces
Fuel 10 Isobutane for 15 meals
Water 56
Food (28 oz per day) 56 Freezer Bag Meals + Dark Chocolate Bars + Clif Bars
Consumables Total 7.625

Total (lbs) 19.45
Total + Consumables (lbs) 27.075

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Random Thoughts on 12/06/2007 10:10:33 MST Print View

Great list. Just a few random thoughts here (mostly subjective and nothing earth shattering):

1. Hygiene - You've got wet wipes, purell and soap -- and I suspect you have antibacterial wipes in your AM first aid kit as well. For me, I use purell to sanitize my hands (esp. after finishing my business) and anti-bacterial wipes for full wipe down before going to bed. I really think this is why I don't have problems with stinking up my poly tees -- even after 5 straight days of wear. If this works for you, then ditch the soap.

2. Consider adding a bottle cap pre filter -- much easier and quicker to use than filtering through a bandana.

3. Sleep wear -- going from poly to wool adds weight and increases drying time (sleeping bag and clothes accumulate body moisture even if not enough to be felt) -- consider switching to lightweight silk tops and bottoms instead -- they are just half the weight of poly.

4. For me, I don't see the need for bringing BOTH rain and wind jackets. On multiple-day hikes, I prefer the full protection of rain jacket and I let it do double duty as wind breaker. Thus, pick one that is highly breathable. For 3-season, single-day hikes where the trailhead is never all that far away, I just take my wind jacket instead.

5. Again for me, I haven't found the need for wind pants for 3-season use. YMMV.

I'm thinking that once your replace your fleece with MontBell down, etc. -- you may well be able to swap for a smaller, lighter backpack without any sacrifice in comfort.

Edited by ben2world on 12/06/2007 10:19:16 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Modify the Subtotals on 12/06/2007 10:15:55 MST Print View

Your current subtotals are:

1. Everything except consumables
2. Consumables
3. Grand Total (1 + 2)

You may wish to modify slightly to align with general convention so you can compare across the board with other hikers more easily:

1. Base weight -- everything in your pack or hanging off it -- except for consumables.

2. Consumables

3. Total pack weight (1 + 2)

4. Items worn (clothes, items stored in pockets, hat, socks, shoes, watch, hiking poles, etc.)

5. Grand Total or Skin-Out Weight (3 + 4)

Hope this helps.

Edited by ben2world on 12/06/2007 10:17:20 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Random Thoughts on 12/06/2007 10:26:18 MST Print View

The silk will also increase the drying time.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Silk Drying Time on 12/06/2007 12:27:11 MST Print View

Not necessarily. While by nature, most poly's dry quicker than silk and wool, my 8 oz. silk top and bottom sleepwear are so thin and light I actually think they dry just about as fast as the 16 oz., thicker poly top and bottom that I replaced. I think I will wash both sometime today and do a comparison.

In contrast, wool tops and bottoms are not made as thin and light -- and will truly take longer to dry as compared to similar poly's.

EDIT: I re-read OP's list -- his poly tops and bottoms are already very light weight (unlike my old poly's) -- so switching to silk will not provide much more weight savings. If weight and quick-dry properties are critical, I suggest he stick to his poly's. But if "funk factor" is an even bigger issue, then wool might be more suitable.

Edited by ben2world on 12/06/2007 12:30:24 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Random Thoughts on 12/06/2007 13:43:10 MST Print View

> 1. Hygiene - You've got wet wipes, purell and soap -- and I suspect you have antibacterial wipes in your AM first aid kit as well. For me, I use purell to sanitize my hands (esp. after finishing my business) and anti-bacterial wipes for full wipe down before going to bed. I really think this is why I don't have problems with stinking up my poly tees -- even after 5 straight days of wear. If this works for you, then ditch the soap.

This is a very strange concept. Here in Australia we carry a very small bit of soap, and nothing else. The whole idea of anti-bacterial wipes is greeted with amazement and disbelief, plus comments about insanity. I wonder how the rest of the world survives (and survived for thousands of years) without such things? Quite well, actually.

A simple hand wash is all that is needed, and quite sufficient. Too much anti-bacterial stuff is actually very damaging to your utterly-essential skin bacteria. If the idea of essential bacteria is a new concept, you need to do some serious reading on the subject. To summarise: without the normal skin bacteria occupying all niches on your skin, dangerous bacteria could get a place there and make hell with your skin. But go read up.


Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Agree in Part on 12/06/2007 14:03:03 MST Print View


I agree about the potential (and sometimes actual) overuse of anti-bacterial stuff. I wash with good ol' soap and water at home.

But water is scarce around where I live -- and that sort of conditioned by habits. A wipe down with anti-bacterial "wet ones" is very soothing at the end of the day -- and goes a very long way in helping to keep bag and clothes clean.

Obviously, one can do the same by soaping up and rinsing out -- but water is by far the heaviest item when you need to carry it in.

OP's surroundings may be altogether different...

Edited by ben2world on 12/06/2007 14:04:44 MST.

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Re: JMT 2008 Gearlist on 12/06/2007 15:40:40 MST Print View

In general, I don't like the prepackaged first aid kits. They usually contain stuff I don't need and the kit container is heavier than necessary.

I just keep my first aid supplies (basically bandaids, a bit of moleskin, antibiotic ointment, an antiseptic wipe or two, butterfly strips, antiseptic swabs, half of an elastic wrap with a couple of needles & thread tucked inside the wrap, and a couple of gauze squares) in a plain sandwich zip-lock, which I store inside a heavier freezer bag zip-lock with a few basic medications, my survival/utility items (duct tape, small knife, extra matches/firestarter, extra batteries, extra contacts, etc.). This works very well for me. I seldom ever use first aid items, even at home, so I just need a few basics in case of catastrophe.

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Oh, and.... on 12/06/2007 15:45:01 MST Print View

I'd also just take one single dropper bottle of Dr. Bronner's and use it for both personal cleaning and kitchen use.

I prefer to use a drop or two of the soap and a bandana for washing off at night instead of wipes, which I find fairly heavy & unnecessary in most areas I backpack. Plus they become trash to pack out.

I do agree with Ben though that if water is in limited supply they can be nice.


Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Thanks on 12/06/2007 18:31:26 MST Print View

I will rework the gear list to the standard format...

As far as the soap goes, yea, I'm a bit overboard. I'm thinking of using Bonners for soap and toothpaste, but haven't tried it out yet. It would be hard for me to leave the wet wipes behind, just need to think a bit more about it.

Water can be scarce in AZ, but I'm not sure about the Sierra...haven't been there yet! It seems that there is quite a few streams, lakes, rivers, etc...thoughts?

Margaret Snyder
(jetcash) - F

Locale: Southern Arizona
Wet Wipes on 12/06/2007 19:08:02 MST Print View

I agree with the soap and water for washing up, but I really like the wipes for pooping. I can't bring myself to do the "natural TP."

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Wipes on 12/06/2007 21:01:34 MST Print View

How we differ.
Some vent their anger and others anger their vent.

BTW I know that because I often use Margaret's way of remaining clean.

Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Updated on 12/06/2007 21:43:36 MST Print View

I've updated the gear list to reflect the more conventional way of calculating weight. Let me know if there is something that doesn't look right!

JMT 2008 Gearlist

I have some lighter/more functional items listed on the right, does anyone see something that I missed that could be replaced with a lighter alternative?

I know an alcohol stove setup might be lighter...I actually have a SuperCat stove, but I'm not very proficient with it.

I'm planning on covering the 225 miles in roughly 14 days, maybe 15. Anything that I could drop due to the nature of the trip? I've never been to the Sierras, so I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I've been reading about the JMT non-stop, but sometimes that doesn't translate when you actually get out there. Please, feel free to add your insights/thoughts/ideas!

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
JMT gearlist on 12/07/2007 00:32:59 MST Print View

I'd be concerned about warmth. I see a 40 degree bag, a lightweight fleece and some lightweight capilene/polypro. Temperatures can drop down below freezing any time of year in the Sierras.

On the JMT in september I was a little bit cold with a marmot hydrogen, a WM flight jacket, MB inner down pants and midweight patagonia wool. Of course I do tend to sleep cold.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
JMT Gear List on 12/07/2007 15:09:23 MST Print View

Here is a journal of someone who hiked the trail in the same time frame:

The Golite Drimove T's and other shirts do not smell after worn several days unwashed.

I plan on using a 20 degree bag, tarp and bivy for a mid-August hike of the JMT. I find the Goilte Whisp windshirt handy lightweight clothing. Although a novice fisherman, I am considering taking a fly rod.

One indulgence for me is a small thermarest pillow/seat inside a pillow bag with a felt lining which turned inside out makes a nice soft pillow. It has a more consistent shape than just using clothing. I have made a point of not weighing it!

Edited by rambler on 12/07/2007 15:15:14 MST.

Chad Ellertson
(NorthernLights) - F

Locale: Superior Hiking Trail
JMT Gear List on 12/07/2007 19:38:56 MST Print View

You could cut weight by bringing a closed foam pad. I cut a 3/4 standard pad, down from 7 ounces to torso sized and saved about half that weight. So your pad could save about 9.5oz. Tarp instead of the tent, or even a poncho tarp so you could ditch the rain jacket and tent. You could save a pound and a half there. Do you really need the leatherman? I just use a small pocket knife that weighs .7oz It works well for most anything. Go for the Princeton Scout instead of the Aurora. Just use the Dr. Bronner's instead of Campsuds and sanitizer and toothpaste. Alcohol Stove? I have the MSR titan kettle, I like it, but I have only been out with it on 3 trips so far. It's perfect for one or two. It is spendy though.

Just some thoughts . . .


Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: JMT gearlist on 12/07/2007 21:20:37 MST Print View

"I'd be concerned about warmth. I see a 40 degree bag..."

I agree that the Atom is way to light for this trip. I'm looking at the JRB No Sniveler, but I've never used a quilt before. I think I would be ok with a ~30 degree rated bag/quilt, as I tend to be a warm sleeper. I need to pick up a quilt and see if I can make it work for me. I'm a side sleeper, so I worry about drafts.

Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: JMT Gear List on 12/07/2007 21:24:56 MST Print View

Frank, thanks for the link! Interesting journal there. Too bad he doesn't sell his sunshade, I'd like to try it out!

I've seen the Golite Wisp, but haven't had one out in wild. My Solomon wind shirt is pretty good, although a bit heavy by SUL standards.

If you are hiking mid-August, you'll probably be finishing up when I'm just getting started. You should leave some Geocaches for me to find =)

Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: JMT Gear List on 12/07/2007 21:31:28 MST Print View

Chad, thanks for the input!

I've been looking at the Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso and Thinlight as an alternative...should weigh in around 5.5 oz. for that combo.

The leatherman is more of a security blanket than anything. I'd feel naked without it while backpacking...never need it 99% of the time for sure, something I need to consider.

Anyone have a SMD Wild Oasis? I kind of like the design, and it would definitely be lighter.

Headlamp could be lighter too, for sure. I really like the throw of the Aurora, but I've never seen the scout up close. Thanks again for the input so far.