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My Newbie Gear List (1-2 nights, spring)
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Christopher Heine

Locale: Colorado
My Newbie Gear List (1-2 nights, spring) on 04/19/2011 21:54:03 MDT Print View

I'd love suggestions!

Weight (oz)

Shelter & Sleeping
68 Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 XL Tent (I'm 6'3")
2.7 Gossamer Gear Plastic Ground Cloth
19 Mont-bell Spiral Down Hugger #3 Long
20 Thermarest NeoAir (R-value 2.5)
1.5 Sit Pad

37 Osprey Exos 46 Pack

Cooking & Hydration
5.1 BushBuddy ultra wood stove
5.5 Snow Peak Trekk 900
4.5 Snow Peak 450 Double wall mug
0.5 Ti Spork
7 2x Nalgene wide mouth 1L 3.5oz

1.6 Suunto M-3D Compass
1 Map
9 AMK .9 First Aid Kit (modified)
1.3 SOG Flash 1 Knife
0.2 Keychain LED light
1.7 Firesteel Scout
0.5 Mini Bic
4.8 iPhone 3gs (GPS)
1 Car Key
1 Bandana (emergency water filtration, sling etc)
1 Trioxane emergency fire starter

1 toothpaste
0.2 contact case
1 toothbrush
2 contact solution
2 glasses
0.5 TP
1 Hand Sanitizer
0.5 chapstick
0.2 spare contacts

Clothing Carried
2.2 spare socks
13.1 Mont-Bell Fleece Jacket
4.3 Patagonia Houdini Windbreaker
11 DriDucka rain suit

14.6 lbs Total Base Weight

14 Food (~7oz each package) x2
64 water 64 oz

4.9 lbs Total Weight of Consumables
19.4 lbs Total Carried Pack Weight

Edited by heine19 on 04/19/2011 21:56:09 MDT.

Josh Newkirk
(Newkirk) - MLife

Locale: Australia
gear list on 04/20/2011 13:24:33 MDT Print View


You could save a fair chunk of weight by going with a lighter tent and pack.

Also maybe a 600-750ml pot instead of 900.

Other than that looks pretty solid.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: My Newbie Gear List (1-2 nights, spring) on 04/20/2011 14:27:19 MDT Print View


You could save weight by ditching the fleece & getting a puffy jacket, or you could, for the same weight, get a Montbell Thermawrap parka. Either would reduce bulk in your pack.

since you carry the Bushbuddy, I'm sure you'll keep the pot for storage & convenience since you have to carry a pot anyway. Why not have them occupy the same space in the pack? :)

Ditch the windbreaker since you have the Driducks anyway. Makes an effective, albeit baggy windbreaker.

Shelter and pack are (as the above poster said) the most glaring places to save weight. What's your locale and conditions for this hike? Are you carrying shelter for you or a hiking partner too? We can give some specific recommendations on these. And is there anything (ie tarps) that you are totally opposed to?

Nice list!


Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
feedback and insights on 04/20/2011 14:50:10 MDT Print View

68 Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 XL Tent - NIX and use a TARP, (save approx 58 oz.)

2.7 Gossamer Gear Plastic Ground Cloth ---------- NIX! (save 2.7 oz)

1.5 Sit Pad ---------- NIX!(save 2.7 oz)

37 Osprey Exos 46 Pack - NIX and replace with a much lighter backpack, aim for less than 17 oz. (save approx 20 oz)

4.5 Snow Peak 450 Double wall mug - NIX and replace with lighter MUG, (save about 2 oz)

7 2x Nalgene wide mouth 1L 3.5oz NIX and replace with two 1-liter soda bottles (save 4 oz)

9 AMK .9 First Aid Kit (modified) --- 9 ounces? aim for about 3 oz (save 6 oz)

1.3 SOG Flash 1 Knife --- Nix and replace with a single edge razor blade

1.7 Firesteel Scout - NIX and use paper matches as back-up

4.8 iPhone 3gs (GPS) --- NIX

1 Car Key --- NIX - hide at the car

0.5 TP ----- NIX

1 Hand Sanitizer ----- NIX and replace with soap


---- You need to explain your consumables? How many days? etc ------------
14 Food (~7oz each package) x2
64 water 64 oz

Christopher Heine

Locale: Colorado
Re: Feedback on 04/21/2011 20:45:51 MDT Print View

Thanks for the feedback guys! To answer some questions...

Right now I'm hiking in Ohio/Kentucky, but plan on moving to Colorado in the near future. Sometimes the shelter is for me and my wife, some of my issues have been finding a lightweight tent that works for me because I'm tall. Probably not ready for a tarp. Spiders freak me out too much. I don't really have camping experience in the rockies - should I be looking for a freestanding tent?

I'll also investigate a lighter pack and like the idea of the Thermawrap. Some things i had to guess on the weight (like the first aid kit), realistically it probably weighs less than 9 oz. The Nalgenes gotta go. For solo hikes, maybe a smaller pot and homemade alcohol stove.

The consumables can be ignored, since that will all depend on the trip.

Again, I appreciate the help, there is a great community here!

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: Re: Feedback on 04/22/2011 10:24:46 MDT Print View

"Spiders freak me out too much."

Spiders are your friend. They eat the other bugs which do more than freak people out. :)

You might consider a tarp with some type of netting tent inner. There are pros and cons to both shelters though.

Barry Pollock
(Barry1492) - F

Locale: Media
tent on 04/22/2011 14:07:56 MDT Print View

You may get better recommendations here, but I just started using a Tarptent ( I use the contrail, which is plenty long enough for us tall guys (I'm also 6'3") and it only weighs 1.5 lbs. It'll be tight with a wife, so you might opt for a slightly larger one which will put you at 2 lbs, but still way lighter than what you currently have.

Christopher Heine

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Feedback on 04/22/2011 14:10:12 MDT Print View

I'll have to look into the tarp w/ liner idea. Sounds like that could work out well.