3 configurations for 40F+ 3-4 day backpacking in the Catskills and Adirondacks....pick one and why?!
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Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
3 configurations for 40F+ 3-4 day backpacking in the Catskills and Adirondacks....pick one and why?! on 05/07/2011 12:40:40 MDT Print View

In this link are three different configurations of a partial gear list I have been mulling over. The goal is to go lighter and have better coverage from the elements:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AtSJq6zGSEzhdFkxSW1wZ1lzMTZPWl80Y0lTTlI0SEE&hl=en&authkey=CIDcs_AE

Some additional details:

-Toss and turn side/stomach sleeper.
-North East temps & humidity over 40F.
- 3 or 4 day trips, no bushwhacking.
- I'm 5-9 and 195 lbs. Athletic build.
-Trails, generally no bushwhacking.

I'd like to know the actual weight of some items I've listed if you can help as well as what configuration you;d go with and why? They are very similar in weight. Thanks!

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Of course... on 05/07/2011 13:22:09 MDT Print View

Of course I am open to any other suggestions so long as:

The gear is lighter.

Or...

The gear is the same weight but provides more protection/usability.

Thanks!

Josh Newkirk
(Newkirk) - MLife

Locale: Australia
list on 05/07/2011 14:11:48 MDT Print View

I think the first list looks the best.

You have some pretty sweet gear there.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: 3 configurations for 40F+ 3-4 day backpacking in the Catskills and Adirondacks....pick one and why?! on 05/07/2011 14:12:41 MDT Print View

For a pack liner a Nylafume bag from your local exterminator is half the weight of a compactor bag. Gas and odor proof as well.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Re: list on 05/07/2011 16:45:27 MDT Print View

@Josh - Don't own some of it yet, but "gearing" up to make some purchases. ;)

@Ken - never heard of nylofune bags. Nice tip! Time to research where to buy them and learn a bit more about them. :) So which setup would you take? Or would you mod one for even better result?

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Made the call.... on 05/09/2011 18:51:38 MDT Print View

I've tried to consider the pros and cons and the overall weight effect, not just one shelter vs. another.

Well today I went for the left most option in my spreadsheet, a tarp tent of sorts w/ bug netting that affords me much better rain coverage:

http://www.bearpawwd.com/tents_tarps/cubden.html

In the NE we have bugs so I'll appreciate the large bug-free space more often than not and this shelter will afford me better rain protection and sprawl out space with my quilt. Expect a BPL review when I receive it, I'm psyched!

Zack h
(want2belite) - F
neato on 05/10/2011 13:08:50 MDT Print View

never noticed the cub den before...nice for both weight and price.

I'll tell ya though, i'm still on the fence with the duomid and perimeter netting...i've had some rough nights with bug infiltration. I actually talked to the gent at bearpaw about getting a floor option for my duomid...i've just been holding off because of my lack of motivation to add weight to the setup.

The northeast is truly blessed with flying biting insects.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Polycro on 05/10/2011 13:13:02 MDT Print View

Yeah NE is bad for bugs, that's why the perimeter netting is a major plus vs my current poncho/tarp setup. I am fine w/ the floor not being completely enclosed in bug netting like the Hexamid because I have a polycro ground sheet to cover the floor, plus the perimeter netting from the Cub Den is very substantial and wraps under quite a bit.