I need to work on lightening up. I, like probably most beginning backpackers, went to REI and bought the stuff I did not have and hit the trail. I knew nothing about UL backpacking or that people could actully go out in the woods for 5 days with 10 pounds on their backs. My pack has typically been weighing 35 pounds or so for a 2 night trip. I know, I know, I am working on getting that down. I have bought a scale and started weighing things. My pack itself, is super heavy, so I would like to take a look at my gear and figure out where I can make changes and what pack to buy. I have been looking at some of the GoLite options recently and just need some guidance.
1 ) Are you SOLO camping, or part of a TEAM?
I always backpack with at least one other person, it is typically my wife, but in some cases its with a larger group of my buddies.
2 ) WHERE will you be camping?
We typically camp in areas in, and around, Monteagle, TN, GSMNP, North Carolina, and North Alabama/Georgia. However, we have plans to take some more frequent trips out west. So, I am trying to generalize my gear as much as I can, because we do not want to have a 400 dollar piece of gear that we use 1 time every other year.
3 ) What type of WEATHER do you expect?
We generally backpack in weather anywhere from lows in the high 20s, to highs in the 100s. I know it is super broad, I would say 75% of our backpacking is lows in the high 50s, with highs in the mid to high 70s.
4 ) How LONG is your proposed trip?
75% of our trips are 2-3 nights. We do take longer trips, our longest was 6 nights, and we are trying to get a 7 night grand canyon trip together at some point.
Some notes about the gear. My wife and I share a lot of gear. We split the tent up, we only take one sleeping bag because it zips out flat like a quilt. In the real hot weather we do not even take a sleeping bag and just take our sleeping pads and a 10 ounce sheet.
You will notice that you do not see tent poles or stakes. My wife usually carries those. You also do not see Rain Pants, which I typically do not carry unless there is a significant chance of rain. Also, on the boots, my Moab Ventilator Mids sole is coming off after only about 30 miles or so of use. I plan to return them and am looking at the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultras. The thermarest stuff sack pillow is a luxury item, although it does double as a clothing stuff sack. As far as the stove and other cooking gear, my wife carries that so it is not on the list either. If you do not see an item that is a necessity, let me know, but most likely if it is not on here my wife carries it.
Here is my list and thanks in advance!