I've decided to challenge myself a bit with a few overnight/24hrs hikes (and kayak trips) were I will have only 5 items on the gear list, apart from what I'm wearing (+kayaking gear). It will be interesting to see if I will enjoy the hike/paddle less than with more stuff, if it will feel mostly like a survival excercise. Gear list:
1. Ponchotarp (with strings and stakes)
2. Large foam mat with backpack straps
3. Sleeping bag (in waterproof bag)
4. Katadhin Filterbottle (in belt pouch)
5. "Superstew" in bigmouth Nalgene bottle
Nope -no spork, kitchen, extra clothes, books, cameras, anything like that. But I'll have hard to do this without bringing my keys to the home & car and bus/train pass, not included in the "5" list.
The foam mat will act as the backpack, within it I will have the sleeping bag and food bottle. It is a fairly heavy and large closed cell foam mat. The sleeping bag will be a luxurious "Marmot Helium Long", plenty warm for this purpose. If I get cold while hiking/paddling I will either hike/paddle faster or retreat to the sleeping bag under the tarp.
The "Superstew" will be made of chili con carne, with added boiled potatoes, olive oil, and pulverized vitamins and caffeine pills. Edible without spoon in the expected temperatures of a couple of degrees above freezing point. The good thing with this season is that fresh food keeps well, just like in a fridge.
I will wear synthetic underwear, thin thermal set, thin softshell jacket and softshell pants, thin fleece hat and fleece mittens. mid-wight wool socks and lightweight mid-high goretex boots. (Waterproof thicker gloves for the paddling)
Expected weather will be a couple of degrees above the freezing point (2-8 Celcius), possible dipping just below 0 C in the night. Windy, some rain, possibly a bit of snow. Terrain will be forrest trails for hiking or fairly sheltered waters on a large lake with lots of small islands.
Total pack weight will definately be sub-5 pounds, but I'll pass on the exact figures. It'll be light enough.
I'll probably hike something like 2x30 miles or a bit less, or paddle at least 6 hours on day 1 and on day 2. I'll eat lots of food before heading out and after coming back home.
Any comments on this project? Have you guys done similar things?