This is my first post, and just have not done much UL in probably over 10 years believe it or not! (Work, school, career, etc. took priority, as did other hobbies and interests like climbing, CrossFit, Jiu-Jitsu, etc., so it's not like I've been a slouch!) I got into UL hiking after reading Ray Jardine's book back in the day, and ended up doing half the Colorado Trail with a base pack weight of less than 10lbs with awesome results. Below are some picks of the gear I currently have. Looking to get back into it, and next week may test it out on a quick out and back overnight hike on a trail in Joshua Tree, possibly Boy Scout Trail.
The pack is actually the first ultralight pack made by GoLite and it is over 10 years old. I know by today's standards it may be a little heavier, but it is in almost mint condition, and weighs 14.92 oz. I know there is stuff I could cut off it, but I have in the past used almost every feature on it, especially the outside mesh pockets including the large one (great for tossing your tarp into instead of packing it in the stuff sack every day.
There is also a Z-rest that I cut down so that it covers me from my shoulder to my hips, and also doubles as the packs frame sheet. It weighs 7.27oz.
Tyvek groundsheet is 4.09oz.
The cook set is your average pepsi can stove, pieces of flashing held together with paper clips that act as a windscreen and pot support in one, and a pot grabber and carrying bag (the black mesh bag in the pic folded up. The set all together with the bag weighs 8.85 oz, 8.22oz. with the bag.
Headlamp is a Petzl Tikka: 2.47oz.
Shelter is an Integral Designs Sil Shelter. It weighs 16oz with just the shelter and stuff sack, but with the guy lines/cord I have attached to it it comes in at 19.26oz. I know thats a lot of cord, but it makes the sheller so much easier to pitch, and allows it to be very versatile and used in different configurations.
I also have an old set of Leki Traverse trekking poles with a spring suspension system in them that are probably heavy by modern standards, but in decent shape.
Water purification in the picture is Aqua Mira. Do they still make this stuff? It worked awesome for me for years (yes, these bottles are expired!) and filtered through a bandana and treated with Aqua Mira with no issues ever, but know there is something lighter and better now.
Also threw in my essentials bag, but it's not really stocked well at this time.
I DO NOT currently have a lightweight sleeping bag. In the past I used a quilt that I made myself, or a The North Face cat's Meow bag. I currently have a North Face -5 down bag, but it's too heavy and overkill for UL packing. Would be nice to find a decent sleeping bag that isn't going to crush the bank that is less than albs, rated at 32 degrees.
Also looking for some really nice, lightweight convertible pants that fit tall people. I am 6;2, 185lbs., and lean. Also looking for recommendations for a lightweight base layer, preferably wool, both long sleeve and t-shirt (not a fan of polypro!) I am also guessing I can save some weight with lighter stuff sacks. Cuben fiber stuff sacks perhaps?
All suggestions and recommendations are welcomes, encouraged and appreciated! Thanks in advance!