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ian wright
(ianwright) - F

Locale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
Pack my pack for me on 09/02/2006 06:34:43 MDT Print View

OK. Please help me pack my pack. I might go for a 2 week hike in early spring.

Everyone add just one item to the list.
First in best dressed.
Brief description if you want.
Don't be tempted to pack in an obvious item if you have some other clever item I might find useful.
Work in with what has already been packed.
The more the pack is packed, think of minor trivial stuff until it's all in !


Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Pack my pack for me on 09/02/2006 12:04:49 MDT Print View

We need more specifics. Geography and climate, weight expectations (UL, SUL, fantatic UL), personal physiology (sleep hot/cold, etc). Do you want to start from scratch or build around the gear you have?

Here's my generic list of UL gear gleaned from forums here:

Pack: as small and light as will fit the job. Simple is good. Heavy suspension features aren't needed with light loads.

Trekking poles: integrate with shelter and lighter footgear.

Shelter: tarp, poncho tarp, cape shelter, or hammock system. Add bivy bag for more exposed shelter types. Add bug protection to personal comfort or disease protection.

Rain gear: Poncho or cape. Add chaps or pants to suit.

Kitchen: small compact heat sources--- alcohol, Esbit or UL canister models. Titanium mug/pot, spork. Foil windscreens.

Clothing: integrated layered system. Polyester or wool blend base layer, breathable light midlayers, down, polyfill, or fleece insulation layer, windproof and breathable out layer. Accessories: gaiters, gloves, hats, bandana.

Footgear: trail running shoes. Thin wicking socks.

Sleeping gear: UL pad (closed cell, hybrid foam/inflatable or insulated air mattress), as small as you can tolerate. Ground cloth: thin waterproof membrane. Bedding: down or polyfill quilt or mummy bag. Add bivy bag to suit shelter type.

Hydration: light bladders. Filter and/or chemical purification.

Knife: small, light, simple
Lighting: small LED sources
First aid: light and compact, good blister care.
Navigation: compass/GPS and maps to suit experience and terrain.
Fire starting: small butane lighter, waterproof matches or case, spark generator, tinder.
Insect repellent
Signal devices: whistle and mirror
Extra food: hard candy, energy bar

Personal hygene: plastic trowel or other light digging tool, TP, hand sanitizer. Biodegradable soap, small toothbrush, floss, comb, small pack towel.

Food: caloric intake suitable to trip. Dehydrated meals, hard cheeses, dried sausage, beef jerky, rice, oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, candy, dried soups, coffee, tea, hot cocoa mix, electrolyte drink mixes, pilot crackers, pita bread, bagles.

Add ons: camera, journal, radio/music, book

Concepts and tips:

The items that will lighten your load the fastest are the Big 3: pack, sleeping gear, and shelter. I would add clothing for the Big 4.

Less is more
Keep it simple
Take only what you will use-- cut accessories to the minimum
Weigh and analyze everything
Don't fight or fear nature: understand it instead.
Decant liquids into small containers
Create an integrated system
Seek multiple use items

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: Re: Pack my pack for me on 09/02/2006 21:08:48 MDT Print View

Geez Dale, you forgot the disposable earplugs, one pair per trip. Maybe some emergency repair stuff;you could use your dental floss or gorilla tape,a couple of zipties...nice "generic" list.

Edited by pyeyo on 09/02/2006 21:10:36 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Pack my pack for me on 09/02/2006 21:51:36 MDT Print View

I was concentrating so hard on getting the concepts across, I'm sure I left out a lot of little tricks:

Wrap duct tape on your eyeglass case or lighter.

Tape a safety pin to your lighter, eye end out to form a mounting loop for a lanyard.

Add a one liter Platypus to the essentials.

Forgot the space blanket too.

Add small joke birthday candles to fire starters.

Add a 45 gallon garbage sack to the essentials (emergency bivy/raincoat/ground cloth/pack liner).

Add twine and a hotel sewing kit.

I carry a small tube of gel Super Glue

I forgot waterproof stuff sacks.

Add peanut butter and jam to the food list.

Better have a bear sack, line, and mini biner too-- especially if you carry peanut butter and jam :)

I take a light stick too.

Add spare glasses and medications if you use 'em.

Mention multi-tool as well as a small knife.

A compass with a sighting mirror can double as a signal mirror (and you can see who is lost!).

The shelter will need stakes.....

Does it ever end?

ian wright
(ianwright) - F

Locale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
what the ! on 09/03/2006 06:27:36 MDT Print View

Guys, just meant to be a bit of fun.
A community pack packing get together.
A united contribution to my pretend pack on a pretend trip.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: what the ! on 09/03/2006 09:45:10 MDT Print View

I've got so much pretend stuff I can't carry it all.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Just the Essentials on 09/03/2006 10:20:58 MDT Print View

I expect to "rough it" whenever I camp, and that's part of the fun! So, I limit myself to just the bare essentials...

Edited by ben2world on 09/03/2006 10:31:27 MDT.

ian wright
(ianwright) - F

Locale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
roughing it on 09/04/2006 06:19:48 MDT Print View

Ben, that is rough!
Nothing to put your feet up on !
And where's the TV !?!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: roughing it on 09/04/2006 10:11:45 MDT Print View

Son, that's why it's called "roughing it".

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: what the ! on 09/04/2006 12:36:13 MDT Print View

"Guys, just meant to be a bit of fun.
A community pack packing get together.
A united contribution to my pretend pack on a pretend trip."

Okay. An all-round pack to start:

Six Moon Designs Comet (on sale too!)

22 oz.
27 with two 1/2" Aluminum Stays
One Size Fits Torsos 15 to 20 inches

Body: 70 Denier Silicone Nylon
High Wear: 420 Denier Pack Cloth
Extn Collar: 30 Denier Silicone Nylon
Body Contact: .etc Low Friction
Pads Supported

3/4 Length: Z-Rest / Closed Cell Foam
3/4 or Full Length: Inflatable Pads
Recommended Loads
Base Weight: 17 Pounds or Less
Max Weight: 35 Pounds or Less
Suggested Uses
Ultralight Backpacking
Adventure Racing
Summit Pack

Pack Volume
Main Bag 2600
Extension Collar 450
Side Mesh Pockets 400
Front Mesh Pocket 250
Total 3700

SMD Comet Pack

There are lighter, but this fits a wide range of sizes, has a lot of good pockets and volume, carries up to 35 pounds, and looked like a good representation of current UL pack technology.

Fill it up kids!

Edited by dwambaugh on 09/04/2006 12:39:53 MDT.