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JMT September List
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m s
(Palisades) - F

Locale: St George UT and Palmdale CA
JMT September List on 08/01/2009 19:57:21 MDT Print View

Hey there, first post.

See any opportunities to save weight? My base weight is still around 10-11lbs.

Big/Sleep Stuff

Jam2 Pack 1lb 10oz
Ridge rest ¾ pad 9oz
Shangri-La 1 1lb 5oz
Adrenalin 20 1lb 14oz 5lb 6oz

Cook Stuff

MSR pocket rocket 3oz
MSR black light 1.5L 7 oz
Foil Lid Top 1oz
Lighter 2oz
Fork 1oz
Gatorade Bottle 2oz
2-Liter Platypus 3oz 1lb 4oz


Golite Virga Jacket 7oz
Marmot Precip pants 7oz
Long Underwear top 5oz
Long Underwear bottom 5oz
Hiking socks 5oz
BD gloves 3oz 2lb


Sunscreen 2oz
Map 2oz
1st aid: IBU/Mole skin 3oz
Aquamira 4oz
Trekking poles
Keys 2oz
Camera 6oz
Camera case 4oz
Headlamp 6oz
Extra batteries 3oz
Toilet Paper 1oz
Chapstick 1oz
Bug spray 2oz
Knife 3oz
Tooth brush/paste 4oz


Fuel canisters

b s
(smyth) - F
Re: JMT September List on 08/01/2009 20:26:39 MDT Print View

A few things you could do.

- Trade the the headlamp/extra batteries for a tiny photon light or smaller headlamp. That would be an easy and relatively cheap half pound savings.
- Ditch the bug spray for September. I barely saw any last year during that time.
- Maybe a ziploc freezer bag instead of the camera case?

That being said, you might want to add some insulation to the clothing you have listed. I experienced some nights and early mornings in the upper 20s last September and used my BPL parka every day.

Enjoy the trip.

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
JMT September List on 08/05/2009 07:34:22 MDT Print View

I'll second the extra insulation. I took a Montbell inner down vest with me when I hiked the JMT last year in early September. I used it most mornings, especially from the Evolution Basin south.

I take an accurate thermometer with me on my hikes so I can evaluate the performance of my gear. I measured temperatures as low as 26°F on several mornings. So, unless you are out of your sleeping bag and hiking within minutes, you'll be cold with your proposed clothing.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: JMT September List on 08/05/2009 09:43:12 MDT Print View


Incredible avatar photo!!! Made me scared just looking at it!

I would get a lighter pot: Tibetan, BPL, Evernew, etc will all save weight.

If you must take bug spray, repackage it for less weight - I'm sure you can get by with less than 2oz.

Knives seem to be an area where some won't compromise, but there are many lighter alternatives for basic backpacking cutting tasks, such as the Swiss Army, or Gerber LST.

Also, you have WAY too much toothpaste!!!!! Repackage that stuff - or make Mike Clelland's dried toothpaste dots - they work.


m s
(Palisades) - F

Locale: St George UT and Palmdale CA
revamp on 08/12/2009 16:35:17 MDT Print View

Ok cool, just weighed everything for real (first draft was estimations), took some advice from yall (gerber knife, toothpaste, etc), and my base weight is now at 9.5lbs. Stoked. Thanks for the info people. Still need a lighter pot. I'll figure it out.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
JMT on 08/12/2009 18:19:51 MDT Print View

If you don't want to spend the money for a titanium pot you could always go with the standby grease pot. 1L and under 2 oz. without the lid. Amazon has them for $10. Link at bottom. Works fine for nonstick cooking.

Also, your lighter at 2 oz. could be reduced. A mini bic with a book of matches for a backup will be about .5 oz. I found at Walgreens recently a 3 pack of mini lighters made by Aries with a visible fuel supply. Probably sold all over just never noticed. Handy feature though, especially with a mini.

You could also perform some surgery on your Jam 2. There was a great thread about it that will help:

Edited by NomadJack on 08/12/2009 18:30:53 MDT.