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David Williams
(davepongw) - F
Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/08/2009 22:30:47 MDT Print View

I have created an ultra light packing tool in excel. It gives you a way to create your own master list for food, clothing, and equipment with weights and weight ratios. It will also let you know if you are meeting your calorie, protein, carb needs, and pack weight requirements. It will generate custom packing reports for each person and a daily menu sheet as well.
This started small, but soon became a very large project. But it is a very useful tool for planning your trips.
Email me if you want a copy.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
cool on 04/08/2009 23:42:49 MDT Print View

email sent!


Peter Atkinson
(sewing_machine) - MLife

Locale: Yorkshire, England
Sheet. on 04/09/2009 02:02:34 MDT Print View

Me too!


Edited by sewing_machine on 04/09/2009 02:16:52 MDT.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/09/2009 03:07:32 MDT Print View

Me three :)


Terry Kelly
(tkelly255) - F

Locale: Southern Maryland
Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/09/2009 04:39:06 MDT Print View

Email sent!

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/09/2009 07:43:22 MDT Print View

This sounds like SPAM. This is his first post on the forums.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I did request the spreadsheet myself.

Edited by joegeib on 04/09/2009 08:03:24 MDT.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/09/2009 07:53:56 MDT Print View

I got it off a different forum yesterday. Looks like a nice spreadsheet, I just need to play with it more to figure it all out.

Dan Cunningham

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
Re: Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/09/2009 08:24:18 MDT Print View

It doesn't work on Office 2008 for the Mac - oh well.

Joe, regarding the spam possibility, he sent it along with an interesting "if you find it useful, feel free to donate" comment, but otherwise I don't think it is intended as spam.

Edited by mn-backpacker on 04/09/2009 08:24:49 MDT.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/09/2009 09:08:29 MDT Print View

David asked me if BPL would like to distribute this spreadsheet and I suggested to him the best means of getting it into people's hands was via the forums.

David Williams
(davepongw) - F
Spreadsheet on 04/09/2009 12:08:20 MDT Print View

I have seen a tremendous response on this spreadsheet.
I think I may post a link to the 2003 and 2007 file formats because some people can't open a 2007 file. However, Microsoft has a free download/plug-in, that will let you view 2007 files.
Please give me your feedback on the file and I will start working on some improvements for this one.
Also, let me know if it needs any clarifying.
I hope you find it useful, my brother in law searched relentlessly for this kind of a tool and so I spent the time programming it.

Edited by davepongw on 04/09/2009 12:10:25 MDT.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/10/2009 08:51:29 MDT Print View

I remember a while ago BPL had a contest for backpacking spreadsheets. I downloaded a few but never really got into them. I probably should have. I e-mailed him for a copy but just wondering what peoples initial thoughts are. Too complicated (that's what I found with alot of the ones on BPL)? Not enough info? Just curious...

David Williams
(davepongw) - F
Error on 04/10/2009 09:53:04 MDT Print View

I just found a bug. When you have less than five people on the list, it generates an error on the blank people's packing list.
I will fix this, but for now, just put in a dummy name and it will run fine. More updates to come......

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Ultra Light Backpacking Excel Sheet on 04/10/2009 13:53:37 MDT Print View

A comprehensive one that's been around for a while is Jim Wood's spreadsheet at

David Williams
(davepongw) - F
File links online on 04/10/2009 19:09:42 MDT Print View

Here are some links to the spreadsheets that you can download as I don't have the time to send out emails all day. I am happy that there is a great response.
Microsoft 2007 File

Microsoft 97-2003 File:

There are a few small fixes that I have made if I sent you an email of an old copy.

Let me know of any questions or feedback you may have.