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mark crane
(ukridgewalker) - F

Locale: chorley
back pack weight on 06/01/2008 14:19:36 MDT Print View

hi all, new to the site
im from the uk and planning going backpacking/camping around the lake district in cumbria. just worried about weight. when i go to the lakes for a days hike i take my osprey kestrel 38 pack with an olympus e400 camera, bit of food and water and thats quite heavy. whats it going to be like when i get a tent strapped on it as well.. any ideas

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Backpack weight on 06/01/2008 17:40:44 MDT Print View

Hey Marc, I lived in Wales for two years-playing rugby now I Backpack alot!!!!! You are looking at baseweight for a new hiker between 15 and 18 pounds-I am not sure how many Stones that is? Don't include water and food weight[consumeables] Look at you biggest items first to save weight=Backpack, shelter, sleeping bag & pad. Where do you live? Cheers

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: back pack weight on 06/01/2008 19:19:27 MDT Print View

Recommendation...

The BPL Bible

Michael Gardner
(ekim765) - F

Locale: Southeast
back pack weight on 06/01/2008 21:14:06 MDT Print View

The "BPL Bible" is an excellent source of information to the lightweight, and those looking to become lightweight backpacker. The text is very in depth and may be a bit intimadating for new comers (But that's just my opinion, I grew up reading MAD magazine). Which is why I also recommend:

"Lighten Up! A complete handbook for light and ultralight backpacking"

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/lighten_up_book.html

This book is short, humorous and provides an excellent base knowlege for going light. This is the first book I picked up when I first thought about going light.

Get both books, and get yourself a digital kitchen scale for weighing items in your pack. It's an eye opener. If you have an item that maxes out the 5 lb (2.2 kg) scale weight limit, you probally want to leave it at home or find something lighter.

Welcome to the site, Mark. I've found it to be a gold mine of knowlege and advise from a community of people who share a common love.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Back pack Weight on 06/01/2008 21:38:04 MDT Print View

Also recomended reading: First Backpacking Bible!: Beyond Backpacking-Guide to Lightweight Hiking. By Ray Jardine-
Mr. Jardine started the whole UL movement. But BPL is definetly more detailed & current." All-RIGHT BOY"-UK saying.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Backpack weight on 06/02/2008 11:13:28 MDT Print View

jw: lived in Wales for two years-playing rugby

How did that happen?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Backpack weight on 06/02/2008 11:56:35 MDT Print View

Hey George, I was on the US National for quite some time. I was on tour w/ the team and managed to get a contract w/a club in Cardiff. 96-98 I did a lot of day hiking in Western Wales- beautiful contry-like Ireland.I got back in early 99 and have been obsessed w/ backpacking ever since. Thats my story!

mark crane
(ukridgewalker) - F

Locale: chorley
re back pack weight on 06/02/2008 16:13:34 MDT Print View

hi jay,
i live in chorley, lancashire
it`s just between bolton and preston
only an hour north of wales

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
BP Weight on 06/02/2008 16:24:41 MDT Print View

Nice- Backpacking is great!!- goodluck with your gear selection.