"The Tec Aurora normally use 3 AAA. !!"
You are correct. Again, shabby post. You are right, I ought not carry spare batteries. I will, from now on just use fresh ones on long trips. You'll see that I carry the PT Photon as a backup on my whislte lanyard.
"You carry double rolls of tapes.!? Both in the Adventure Med. and separate. You could lighten the Medic Kit a few oz. (3-4 oz is more than adequate in a cleaver first aid kit.)"
I have a 1.1 Oz. Kit I assembled myself. However, I find that I prefer a more comprehansive kit for longer trips. I would say that the heavier kit is a "luxury" justified in other weight savings. Personal preference, I guess.
"For 3 days 1 oz Auamira should do. Use the small bottles from BPL. :-)"
I have yet to transfer the contents from the full Aquamira bottles to smaller bottles. You are correct in that I could save weight here.
"Dont carry the whole packets of MP1. 10 tablets should do in a survival kit = 0,25 oz"
I am carrying one sheet of 12 tabs with a rubber band to keep them folded. I come up with 0.75 Oz.
"Fire 0.74 Spark Lite Fire Starting Kit
Dont carry the box. Its more heavy then the rest of the kit. Pack in ZipLock"
I carry the box because it is a convienient way to transport these items.
"Signal 1.40 ACR Emergency Whistle
Very heavy. 0.3 oz is enough. For 0.6 you cold have whistle and compass
BPL do sell a nice whistle"
This is the same whislte BPL sells. The 1.4 should read 0.4. Typo. I'll edit the post above.
"You already carry a 1/2 in your backpack. Why one (a whole) more.? Bandage, filter or.??"
The 1/2 bandana is for cleaning my cookset. I like having a "clean" one for a towel, prefilter, etc.
The Nokia 5140 is a nice phone. I actually requested the simplest phone the dealer had in January. The 6010 is what he handed me. I took it. I hate cell phones anyway. I take it for my wife's benefit. I don't want alot of bells and whisltes that could malfunction.
"Knife 2.56 Benchmade Griptilian
I agree with you that a small, but good knife is a must. Personally I fancy the Gerber LST ( or LST2) for 1.3 oz."
I have very carefully chosen my knife. It has a descently sized blade and good locking mechanism.
"For 6 oz you could have the new full lenght Artiach super light (ridge rest type). Cut to bodysize only maybe 4 oz."
I haven't seen this brand. That's a good sugestion. However, I prefer a full width pad as I toss and turn regularly in camp.
"7.50 Thermarest Pillow Im chocked.! :-; The first trick one learn is to put some clothes etc inside an empty stuffsack or backpack etc. Really.!! Its rule #1 in (en)lightening. :-)"
Well and good, but this is definately a luxury. Almost 1/2 a pound, right. I have no defense other than it helps me sleep, which I consider a good trade for 7.5 Oz.
I have read the "BPL 101 article" and "Breaking the 5 pound barrier". Very informative indeed. This is not my bare bones, super UL list. This list represents a good balance for me in comfort and light weight.
Thanks for the comments from across the pond. I will definately stop carrying extra batteries.