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Review my gear list please? 9lb pack. 5 lb clothes.
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Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
Review my gear list please? 9lb pack. 5 lb clothes. on 08/23/2012 11:23:18 MDT Print View

Here is my gear list in Google Docs form.

I've been obsessing about weight here for the last 4 months or so and I think I've got it pretty tuned.

Would love feedback though.

- My shoes need upgrading. I'm still working this out because my feet are the most unpredictable aspect of my whole system and getting shoes that are lightweight and don't wreck my feet has been a challenge.

- I am a hammock camper. I could PROBABLY get down 2 or more pounds lighter but I think I would be uncomfortable. The hammock is just awesome. It's AMAZINGLY nice to have it in the back country.

- I could probably go with Gossamer Gear poles but they would require that I install custom hand straps I think.

- Not going to ditch the fishing rod. This is 1/2 the point for me :) ... plus it's free weight since its 0.5 lbs and I usually catch at least 2-3 lbs of fish to eat which is protein I don't have to pack in.

- I could ditch the iphone but I have wikipedia offline, MP3 player, podcasts and this helps preserve sanity. Same thing with Kindle.

- Maybe I could ditch the clothing stuff sack. However, it helps me preserve sanity since I don't have to worry about lost clothes.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
two things on 08/23/2012 11:45:15 MDT Print View

Two things that stand out to me are your FAK is almost 9 ounces, are you really going to need all that? Also, ditch the kindle and read from your iphone, the kindle is dead weight and its not even close.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: Review my gear list please? 9lb pack. 5 lb clothes. on 08/23/2012 11:58:53 MDT Print View

I like the hammock! I wish I could sleep in one, but then I never tried a Blackbird.

I don't think a Houdini would stand up to more than a light sprinkle of rain, but maybe that's all you're expecting.

You could probably reduce weight here if it matters enough to you:
first aid kit
stove (if Esbit or just a twig fire would work)

You could keep your extra clothing with your quilts to eliminate the additional stuff sack.

Edited by AndyF on 08/23/2012 12:01:23 MDT.

Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
Re: two things on 08/23/2012 12:54:11 MDT Print View

It's a good idea to ditch the Kindle for the iphone... for 2-3 day treks I think this could be doable. I wish I could do the reverse though. The Kindle is AMAZINGLY good with power but I would lose Wikipedia. I'm not sure I can get a week on standby on the iPhone though...

For 2-5 days though I think I could leave the Kindle behind but I wouldn't be able to take videos/pics with the iphone as the battery will fade.

Of course for the weight of the Kindle I might be able to get a recharger setup and then not have to worry about it AT ALL.

I will investigate rechargers.

Good point on the first aid kit... I'm going to tweak this when I get home.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
. on 08/23/2012 17:51:12 MDT Print View

Get a battery pack or a solar charger for your phone, or something else. My iphone 4s takes great pictures and video so if you can find out a way to keep the battery alive then let me know. Its a great multi purpose tool. But bringing the kindle on 3-4 day hikes AND your phone in just too much, make a sacrifice somewhere, or in both spots.