Thanks for the comments so far!
As for all of the waterproofing, perhaps it isn’t needed, but many of the places I hike get 80 or more inches of rain per year, so I can almost guarantee getting wet every trip, and with the high humidity things don’t dry here, even baselayers overnight.
Pack Cover – I figure the 2.4oz is worth not carrying a pack that has soaked up a bunch of rainwater. The new packs I am trying might not soak up as much water so we will see.
I used to use a trash compactor bag (2.4oz) instead of the pack liner, but my wife got it for me for Christmas, so I had to use it some. I really like the roll closure and everything, but in reality it isn’t all that durable as the movement against things in the pack renders it non-waterproof pretty quickly. I assume that by the end of the year, I will be back to the trash compactor bags.
The GoLite 8x16 bag is just a silnylon stuff sack. I like it big so the bag can expand and take up more room in the pack when I eat my food down, etc. It also does double duty as my pillow when stuffed with raingear, extra clothes, etc.
12 stakes. – The Spinshelter takes 8 (you can use more, but they recommend at least 8) and 4 for the bug shelter. I was going to try and rig some guyline up to use the existing stakes for both the SpinnShelter and Bug Tent, but the stakes are only .22oz so that is .88oz total. The weight of the guyline might be 30% of that anyways so I said why bother.
I use the Sleeping clothes as dry clothes around camp (many times I get cold when I stop at night with a wet T-shirt on) and they keep my bag clean.
As far as the headlamp goes, I know there are lighter options, but just can’t seem to find one I like. I really like the BD Ion, but don’t want something that uses non standard batteries. Do you (or anyone else) know of a significantly lighter light that uses AA or AAA batteries?
For the toilet paper, I know there are ways around it, but I am just not going there. At least not yet, although I might try a trip without it sometime.
My food weight is a bit low. It is tough living on Snickers GU Gel and Paydays. I do a Mountain House meal at night though. Luckily most of my trips are only 3-4 days and I can binge when I get home.
Water is a problem of mine; I do tend to carry too much. There are very few times that I really need 2 liters. I can get by with 1 liter for 90% of my hiking. One of my problems is I hate to stop hiking and get water as it breaks my rhythm up. I just need to get over it and stop at every water source.
You are very right about some things though. I can nix the stuff sack for the spinnshelter, replace my stake bag with a Ziploc type bag, and replace the food bag easily and cheaply. Thanks for the ideas.
I don’t think an umbrella would do well here because of all the tight trails and vegetation. It just seems like it would get caught up all of the time. A poncho however, would probably work nicely and would lighten my raingear considerably.
Did you do the retrofit to the Mariposa Plus yourself or did you send it back to GG? The one I bought is used and has the CF stays. From what I understand the conversion is easy and GG will sell me the new stay by itself (great customer service BTW). It would just be nice to hear from someone who has done the conversion themselves. Also, how much better is it than the CF stays?
I may have to try CC foam pads again. I last tried to sleep on a z-lite and it just wasn’t cushy enough. Unfortunately, I am a side sleeper and on thin pads, my arms keep going to sleep. I wish I could train myself to sleep on my back.
It’s nice to see a fellow southeasterner on here. You are right about making some alterations to my raingear set up for summer. I can lose the pants at least.
While it can (and does) get very hot and steamy here, in the mountains it can still get quite cool. I was in the Smokies at the first of the month and had temperatures in the mid- thirties, and I know it got down to 17* up there in mid May. I was up at Mt. Rogers last year in mid August and it was in the upper 30’s at night. On my Memorial Day trip I had rain and temps in the low forties, which made it seem really cold. I might just be a wuss (I am clod natured), but when temps drop down in the 40’s or below, I need light gloves and a light hat.
I did however do a trip a few years ago on a low elevation trail where it was 100* and 80% humidity. That was my last trip in the summer where I didn’t spend at least most of my time at 4000-6000 feet. That is why I seem to do the same trips in the summer over and over because I avoid most of the heat by staying high.