My wife and I are heading up to Franconia Notch in a week for a combination backpacking/hut-to-hut trip. We'll be hitting the AT at Mt. Lafayette and heading south to our first night at Liberty Springs. Second night at Franconia Brook tentsite in the Pemi, then we hit the huts: Zealand, Galehead, and Greenleaf. We continue south on the AT from Greenleaf, retracing our starting route from Greenleaf to where the AT drops down into the Notch (this gives us two shots at good weather in the over-treeline portion, and we have alternatives if it looks unsafe). Anyway, here's the proposed pack list:
REI Flash 50, no framesheet 48 oz
compactor bag liner 2.5
Summerlite w/ sack 21
Z-lite 3/4 10
liner socks 0.8
BA Fly Creek 2 complete 45.6
fast fly option -13.8
Clothing (~30 oz):
1 @ socks, undies, T, bandanna 9.5
longsleeve shirt 8.1
zipoff legs 3.7
EB Downlight vest 7.5(?)
Marmot Essence rain/wind jacket 7(?)
rain hat (REI) 2.6
warm hat (acrylic skullcap) 1.8
Emergency kit 8.3
Maratac AAA flashlight 0.8
phone/journalling device 4.6
OR dry bag 1(?)
cash, credit, ins, DL in zl .7
car key .8
2 repurposed 1L bottles 2.7
Platy 2L 1.3
(Jane carrying Steripen; backup A-M tablets in emergency kit)
BPL bear bag w/ rope & liner 3.3
FBC cozy 1
fuel bottle 0.8
Stove set 7
Caldera cone w/ stove
cozy for caddy
fuel measuring cup
knife (mid-size SAK)
Alcohol fuel 6
1L water 35
2 breakfasts w/ coffee & tea 16
2 lunches ~32
2 dinners ~20
Including the tent body, base weight is 14.5 lb; Starting trail weight 21.2 lb; total starting skin out 22.7 lb
Jane has 47 oz pack (Osprey Aura 35), same sleep system, ~60 oz clothing, Steripen, 11 oz cookset w/ .9L Ti pot & her mug & bowl, & 4 lunches @ ~ 16 oz.
Her base weight is 13 lb, starting trail weight 21.4 lb
A lot of this is based on weights from our last outing (4 days/3 nights on the Black Forest Trail in PA). Some thoughts:
>Lunches are heavy. Last time it was all variations on PBRP (PB & raisins on pita); this time I'm making some alternatives I hope are lighter.
>Yeah, the DSLR is a lot of weight. I could live with the 7 oz P&S for this trip, but there's no way I'll be able to do that when we go to the Grand Canyon in the fall. I'm still on the fence for this trip.
>We've always used a double-wall tent, so I'm a bit leery of leaving the tent body behind this time. Can anyone guess how the bugs will be at the two tentsites? I'm intereste in transitioning to tarping but this may not be the trip to start the process.
>I've been toying with the idea of using one Summerlite as a quilt for two, and carrying a 9 oz liner for the huts. Also considering a Thermal Sheet instead of one of the Summerlites.
>Thinking about leaving the tent and cooking gear with the croo at Zealand and picking it up afterward.
Anyway, thanks for reading this far and I appreciate any comments.
EDIT: I've got a Montbell Thermal Sheet on order; I'll carry it instead of the Summerlite. Still considering 1 bag as 2-person quilt, though.
How do I get tabs or multiple spaces to show up on postings? I had all the weights nicely positioned in a column but they don't show up that way.