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Darby Canyon / Fossil Mountain / 4.1 pound pack!
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Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Darby Canyon / Fossil Mountain / 4.1 pound pack! on 06/28/2009 19:48:09 MDT Print View


I did it! I broke the 5 pound barrier! I'm a member of the big league of Super UL zealots!

My pack weigh was dainty 4 POUNDS, 1.6 OUNCES when I weighed it without food and water!

I was planning just one night out, and it was a little after 7pm when I left the house. I decided to go camping around 6:30 pm, so it was flurry of packing, subtracting, re-packing and re-weighing! My house was a MESS when I ran out the door!

It was a clear evening so I knew it wasn't gunna rain, so I left my tarp behind, and, I knew I was gunna be out early the next morning, so I left the stove behind too (right on for me!).

I hiked in, it was lovely and I saw a ridge up near Fossil Mountain. So I climbed up as it was getting dark. I did one little boulder move above some crumbly stones. Not bad to down climb, but I would need daylight.

I topped out on the ridge, and it was magnificent. Narrow and impressive. It was at about 10,000 feet, and at about 10:15 it was just as things were getting dark enough to need my headlamp. I found one tiny spot on the ridge just big enough to fit my 6 foot body. I laid out may pad, and I put on my warm clothes, laid out my bivy sack - and went to grab my sleeping bag - but - but - - -


In the flurry to pack up, I left my sleeping bag on the floor in middle of my very messy cabin.

I couldn't retreat until the the sun came up. complaining or grumbling wasn't gunna solve anything.

So, I just climbed in my VERY thin bivy sack, put my feet in my GoLite ION and went to sleep. I added "crunches" to my sleep system.

Lesson learned: Your pack is really light without a sleeping bag.

Another lesson: It was a really beautiful night, I was cold a few times, but not too bad.

And, one more lesson: You get up EARLY when you are cold. I down-climbed that little step at about 4:15 in the morning. I was back at my car by 7: AM.

my lovely bivy site:
43° 39' 29.46" N
110°55' 17.30" W

GoogleMaps public map title:
4.1 pound pack!

(a found image with a LOT less snow)

Edited by mikeclelland on 06/28/2009 20:16:30 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Darby Canyon / Fossil Mountain / 4.1 pound pack! on 06/28/2009 20:13:27 MDT Print View

Mike -
Thanks for the laugh!
Congrats on surviving. Glad it worked out.

You know, I heard there was a really good checklist .....

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
4.1 pound pack! on 06/28/2009 20:15:21 MDT Print View

greg wrote:
You know, I heard there was a really good checklist .....

Mike C! replies:
Please - Let's not cloud the issue with facts.

Joey Prescott
(Paintball2404) - F
Re: Darby Canyon / Fossil Mountain/ 4.1 pound pack! on 06/28/2009 20:16:08 MDT Print View

Haha thanks for the laugh.

goes to show you no matter how much of a hurry your in always double check your gear :P

I havent had to use my emergency bivy/spaceblanket yet and hope I never have to lol.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: 4.1 pound pack! on 06/28/2009 20:24:11 MDT Print View

Mike, remind me not to let you pack the gear when we go backpacking together.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Darby Canyon / Fossil Mountain / 4.1 pound pack! on 06/28/2009 21:03:05 MDT Print View

What bag/quilt/etc did you leave behind?

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
fossil mountain on 06/28/2009 22:23:40 MDT Print View

I left behind the COCOON UL 90 quilt.

It's the same color as a jacket, so when I saw it on the floor, I thought - Oh, I'll be fine without that jacket.

And - I was fine.

I used to climb a lot in the summer in the tetons, and it was normal to just bivy with all your clothes on. It's a good life lesson. THe Bivy sack was a BLACK DIAMOND winter bivy (at, 9.5 ounces) and it worked pretty good.

THe puddles were frozen this morning!

Glen Van Peski
(gvanpeski) - F - M

Locale: San Diego
Sub 5! on 06/29/2009 22:32:49 MDT Print View

Great job!! I've managed to head out missing some stuff, but never a sleeping bag. I did have a sub3 trip planned without a sleeping bag, but haven't done that one yet...