Hello all, my long anticipated backpacking trip to 1000 Islands Lake is kicking off a week from Monday (on July 23rd). The weather prediction for Mammoth Lakes (closest town) is lows around 47-49* and highs around 82*. The record lows for that week are 47*. Granted that info is based on the town, which is roughly 8,000 elevation and I'll be camping at 10,000. No rain is forcast, but always a possibility. This has been my dream backpacking trip for more than 2 years now, I can't believe it's actually happening. It will be a 4 day/ 3 night trip. My Beligan Malinois hiking buddy will be my only partner.
OK, so here's the list. Unfortunately I don't know weights on most of the items, but once I throw it all in the pack I'll weigh it together. I know that it won't fit the "ultralight" category, but I'm hoping to at least make it into the "light" category. Haha. My pack weight on my last backpacking trip was 48 lbs. I've made considerable improvement since then. Feedback is welcome, particularly if there are items I've left out:
-McHale LBP40 pack (with expedition, top pouch, and bayonet stays removed. I'm going with the "daypack mode" if I can make it all fit)
-Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 tent
-Kifaru "Doobie" synthetic quilt
-Therm-A-Rest RidgeRest sleeping pad (cut to knee length)
-Pillow (I have to have one. I sleep like crap without it. The only one I currently have is a Wiggy's synthetic pillow. Extremely comfy but not super light. I can't sleep on a pillow that doesn't breath)
-Bear Vault 500 (I have a BV450 which is smaller and slightly lighter, but foor for 4 days for me and the pooch won't quite fit. This way I can cram in my extras such as toiletries and cooking gear)
-Sawyer Squeeze water filter
-Esbit stove (I have the Esbit titanium folding stove on order, and if it gets here in time I'll be taking it. If not, the standard aluminum one. My entire cooking will consist of boiling water. I figure for a summer trip the Esbit will work best)
-Snowpeak titanium mug and spork. Aluminum foil for heat shield and lid
-butane lighter, magnezium block/ flint as back-up
-food freze dried Mountain House type meals for me, dry kibble (2 cups per day) for Vixen
-maps of the area, compass
-small first aid kit, toiletries, and minor medications
-pocket knife, sunblock, chapstick, etc.
-Clothing: "boonie hat", Arctyerx "bravo" jacket, pants, spare set of socks/ underwear, long sleeve shirt
-Footwear: debating on my Danner boots or my Merril trail running shoes. I've never hiked in trail runners before and I live in boots (all day, every day at work and at home). I know Danners are heavy, but I'm debating taking the Merrils.
- Canon Rebel T3 DSLR
-Tripod? I have a very nice carbon fiber tripod, but it weights enough that I'm debating not taking it. If I don't I'd likely get one of those Gorillapods...
-Barnes and Noble "Nook with glowlight"
I didn't list any raingear and that wasn't by accident. I know rain is always a possibility. It is not forecast for the week I'll be there, and I'll have a tent to sleep in at night, so I'd only be wet while hiking. I have a Hilleberg "bivanorak" that weighs 1 pound, that I could bring as raingear, but that's a pound I could do without if I decide to risk the slight chance of hiking in the rain.
Any input or sugestions would be appreciated. As I said, the things I'm still really on the fence about are boots vs. trail runners, tripod, etc.