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Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
I'm Finally UltraLight!!! on 05/25/2010 20:17:09 MDT Print View

I spent a fair part of the day weighing my gear, then went through and pulled the weights for my base summer hiking weight, both pack and worn.

My base pack weight is 10 pounds! Woot! I am officially ultralight!

Worn weight is 4 1/4 pounds.

The big changes this year were a lighter pack (Osprey Exxos 46) and a lighter shelter (Zpacks Hexamid).

This community has been a big help in identifying options and learning what to keep and what to leave at home. thanks for the help!

Edited by grampa on 05/25/2010 23:27:56 MDT.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: I'm Finally UltraLight!!! on 05/26/2010 08:13:59 MDT Print View

Good job!

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: I'm Finally UltraLight!!! on 05/26/2010 08:31:03 MDT Print View

It's a great feeling, isn't it? Congratulations!

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: I'm Finally UltraLight!!! on 05/26/2010 09:40:09 MDT Print View

is 10 lbs the magic number ? I didn't know where the line was.

I'm at 9.72 lb before bear cannister
but
11.46 lb including my Bearikade Scout.

Do I still qualify :-)

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
10 lbs and bear cannisters on 05/26/2010 10:39:01 MDT Print View

I really have no idea if 10 lbs is actually the magic number - but when I started my trek last year to ultralightness that seemed to be the point at which folks seemed to call themselves ultralight backpackers.

All I really know is that I'm enjoying the trails a heck of a lot more than when I carried 45-50 lb packs.

So far I've avoided bear canisters, largely by staying away from places they are required. I got a Ursak with liner, which I sometimes carry, w/ or w/o liner, depending on perceived level of bear threat. Usually I use a lightweight PCT hanging bag, which is in the base weight.

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Re: is 10 lbs the magic number? on 05/26/2010 13:28:06 MDT Print View

Mike C! in Lighten Up! refers to 10lbs as UL. Now you just have 5 more lbs to drop and you will be SUL (a.k.a. Pscyholite)

http://books.google.com/books?id=hjkBK1Npi0wC&lpg=PP1&dq=mike%20clelland&pg=PA6#v=onepage&q&f=false

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Ten pounds on 05/26/2010 16:08:16 MDT Print View

Well, if Mike C! says it, it must be official!!!

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Ten pounds on 05/26/2010 16:13:40 MDT Print View

Who listens to a guy who has moss on his butt?:P

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: 10 lbs and bear cannisters on 05/26/2010 22:20:21 MDT Print View

"All I really know is that I'm enjoying the trails a heck of a lot more than when I carried 45-50 lb packs."

And that is all that matters. 11, 10, 5, 4 lbs it really isn't that important.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: is 10 lbs the magic number? on 05/27/2010 11:37:06 MDT Print View

Well, as everyone knows, 42 is the magic number. The units, however, are left as an exercise to the reader.

:)