Hi, I'm new to BPL, and appreciate all the input in various threads.
We're taking a crew to Philmont in June 2006. Several of our Scouts can't afford to go out and purchase a $200 (or $100) tent, backpack, sleeping bag or other accessories.
Their current weekend backpack weights are around 30 - 35 lbs, that's pre-Philmont required gear. Their typical weights are a 4 - 6 lb pack, 5 - 6 lb sleeping bag, 5-8 lb 2 man tent, etc. Not a big deal for a 5 mile hike, but I understand this + crew gear, food and water may become a problem for a 50 - 65 mile journey.
While the 3 adults going can pick up some of the slack, we can't pick it all up. So, I'm looking for cost-effective / weight effective suggestions, on how we can get their pack weights down, as well as taking some of the other 2006 Philmont thread suggestions of leaving much of the suggested (not mandatory) equipment behind.
By the way, could we use a 9 x 9 sheet of Tyvek (1 lb)to cover the packs instead of carrying the 4 lb Philmont tarp?
Thanks in advance,