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Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 06:49:40 MDT Print View

I just thought of an interesting question...

What was the best ounce you ever carried? By this what I actually mean is this:

What "nonessential" item did you bring on a trip despite the fact that it added a nontrivial amount of weight to your base pack, but later decided that it was the best idea you'd ever had and thus a good weight sacrifice?

I suppose you could include items that were essential, but heavier than an alternative that you could have carried. For example, if you think the extra 6 ounces of insulation in your sleeping bag is Worth It, you can write that.

I suppose that almost ANY safety item is hard to classify as "nonessential", but if you want to tell the story of how your GPS or spare firestarter saved your life, feel free.

Edited by acrosome on 04/28/2008 06:51:33 MDT.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
inflatable pillow on 04/28/2008 07:38:33 MDT Print View

Last Sept I hiked the Grand Canyon and took a BPL inflatable pillow. I think it weigh's close to an ounce but it was great having it on that rock solid ground.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 07:55:51 MDT Print View

nm

Edited by jshann on 05/09/2008 07:39:18 MDT.

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Re: Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 08:54:26 MDT Print View

The extra 5-10 oz (depending on the reference) for a Downmat.
Sleeping warm and comfy is a must!!

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 09:11:47 MDT Print View

The best thing has been an insulated air mattress. I have used therm-a-rest and foam pads, but never gotten a good night sleep on them, even after a week on the trail when I am complete exhausted. Getting a good night sleep is priceless and certainly worth the extra 10oz over a similar sized foam pad.

Runners up which were not so useful on the trip itself, but incredibly helpful in evolving my approach:

1) Brunton ADC Pro WeatherStation... which let me compare my sense of the conditions against objective measurements and helped me understand the limits of my comfort with various gear/clothing -vs- conditions.

2) Small digital voice recorder for making notes and recording ideas. It was was faster than writing things down and could be used while hiking.

mark henley
(flash582) - F - M
Best ounce ever carried on 04/28/2008 09:51:33 MDT Print View

My 3/4 length Max Thermo inflatable mattress would be number one by far.

A mid weight Balaclava would be number two.

An esbit tab for emergency fire starting would be three .... I've started fires in rain soaked forests on the first try with this method.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 10:02:13 MDT Print View

Item: Prepaid phone card

Reason: It gave me the capability to contact my ride using a pay phone after I changed my pickup location due to bad conditions. I'd incorrectly assumed I'd have cell phone coverage where I ended up.

Gail Lusk
(AlohaTink) - F

Locale: In the Middle of No Where!
ThinLight Pad & MP 3 Player on 04/28/2008 10:04:15 MDT Print View

An extra 1.9 ounces for the ThinLight pad, the other 3 oz was a MP3 Player. Really helped on the climbs when I needed an extra boost of energy!

ThinLight Pad...used in front of my tent to crawl in and out on, wonderful for the knees, and keeping clean. Used for a sit pad at rest stops and eating lunch.
Also used under my air pad to ease the worry of a puncture.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Best ounce you ever carried on 04/28/2008 13:44:05 MDT Print View

Credit card.

After five days on the trail came across a restaurant at a road crossing and ate stuff I never eat (bacon/cheeseburger and fries). Tasted so-oo good!

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 15:20:05 MDT Print View

My luxury is a 6.7oz (w/li batteries) AM/FM/Weather radio with a built in speaker. No headphones.

That's a lot of weight, but I really love having it in the evenings sometimes, and when heavy weather brews.

I am VERY open to suggestions if anyone knows of a lighter one with these 3 bands and a speaker.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 15:25:03 MDT Print View

Christopher, the Sangean DT300VW Pocket Radio should be half that weight. It looks to be discontinued, but someone may have one they want to get rid of. Some, in the past, thought the weather radio band reception wasn't great.

Edited by jshann on 04/28/2008 15:34:39 MDT.

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
"Best ounce you ever carried?" on 04/28/2008 15:30:47 MDT Print View

An MP3 player for those hard pushes long after I want to quit!

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 19:16:56 MDT Print View

Thanks John... been looking for one of those.
No luck so far!

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 20:14:08 MDT Print View

An couple of ounces of good quality whiskey can do wonders for moral in the right circumstances ;)

Warms you
Soothes you
Can be used to disinfect wounds
Can be shared to make new friends
Pain killer
Sleeping aid

My partner would think a good cigar was the best ounce ever carried, but I sturggle to see how it would ever be multi-use.

Joe Kuster
(slacklinejoe) - MLife

Locale: Flatirons
Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 20:26:51 MDT Print View

A wedding ring - for when I proposed to my wife.

(do I win anything?)

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 20:40:38 MDT Print View

-A wedding ring - for when I proposed to my wife.
- (do I win anything?)

Your Wife!
Congratulations!

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/28/2008 22:54:20 MDT Print View

A single best ounce? Shot of Don Julio Tequila at Fossil Lake, Beartooths, MT.

Roman Dial
(romandial) - F - M

Locale: packrafting NZ
best ounce? on 04/28/2008 23:33:13 MDT Print View

Well, I'll leave it to the imagination.....

Edited by romandial on 04/29/2008 00:44:25 MDT.

mark henley
(flash582) - F - M
Re: Re: Re: Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/29/2008 06:58:20 MDT Print View

"My partner would think a good cigar was the best ounce ever carried, but I sturggle to see how it would ever be multi-use."

Bill Clinton figured it out.

Nathan Moody
(atomick) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Best ounce you ever carried? on 04/29/2008 07:32:29 MDT Print View

If we're talking a single ounce: Scotch, coffee, and chocolate. If you mean gear, my Kestrel weather station (but WAY more than one ounce).