First post here at BPL.
I'm 6'3'' and 165 lbs, a side sleeper, and athletic. I'm trying to get back into backpacking (Eagle Scout with Philmont and lots of other hikes under my belt). A few weeks ago I did my first overnight hike in about 10 years, a 2 night hike up Mt. Mitchell. Unfortunately, I didn't weigh my pack, but I would guess I went past 35 lbs with water, fuel, and food. Since that trip, I've made a few changes, which I'll post below.
The biggest concern I have isn't necessarily going ultralight. My number one concern is sleeping comfort and my second concern is budget. Lastly, if budget allows and I don't sacrifice comfort, I want to go as light as I can. Most of my hiking will be 2-3 nights and no more than 10 miles per day. So I don't really mind carrying 35 lbs...but also wouldn't mind avoiding it. I had no problem carrying my pack up Mt. Mitchell.
I have a luggage scale, but no kitchen scale to weigh individual pieces of gear...but I'll be looking for one soon.
I'm also becoming proficient in using a thread injector. Here's the gear I've made:
1.1 double gathered-end hammock with end channels, whoopies, tree straps, and bug net (seperate from hammock)
Silnylon Night Wing tarp using Six Moon instructions, w/ integrated sil bathtub floor
(no picture yet)
For reference, the tarp and hammock fit into the same stuff sack. Here's the hammock with suspension wrapped around the bishop bag:
Okay, on to the gear list:
Pack: Gregory Baltoro 65
-Bought at REI and considering replacing it with a lighter pack. I used gift cards to buy it so I think I'll be locked in to a pack from REI if I return it.
Shelter: DIY Nightwing Tarp w/ DIY sil bathtub floor
-I'm considering adding doors to keep wind and rain out
Sleeping Bag: Alps Clearwater 20 long
-It packs down really well considering its synthetic and long. It'll go into the bottom of my Baltoro with no problem at all. Since this is an expensive category, I'm fine with this for a while unless there's a good, cheaper alternative that's lighter and more compact.
Sleeping Pad: REI Stratus long
-It's pretty comfortable. I've spent two nights on it, but wondering if there's something with more comfort but still lightweight. Since this is my biggest concern (my hips were killing me after the second night) I would love some insight here. I'm going to put my sit-pad beneath my hips next trip.
Stove: Primus EtaExpress system
-It's shipping to me now. I chose this for the versatility, price (CHEAP on Sierra Trading Post w/ a coupon), and good reviews. I know it's not the lightest system, but it's also a lot better than what I have now.
Clothing: (I'm comfortable in the low 20's with this)
-REI Kimtah eVent rain jacket
-OR synthetic jacket
-Patagonia midweight quarter-zip
-longsleeve and shortsleeve running shirts (these are interchangeable depending on weather)
-Colombia zip-off pants
-midweight and lightweight long underwear (these are interchangeable depending on weather)
-underarmor for underwear (or small running shorts w/ mesh)
-hiking socks and liners
-Garmont Zenith Goretex shoes
-REI waterproof matches
-REI lite core sit-pad - super light! love this thing
-walmart pocket knife - locking, a little heavy, could be replaced if I can find a cheap/light knife
-simple first-aid kit - put together from home
-old plastic compass from my scouting days
-cheap, light headlamp - no brand name on it...it doesn't weight much and it works well
-long REI spoon
-Iodine tablets and iodine taste reducer - backup for the steripen
-old orange plastic shovel for when nature calls
-50 feet of utility cord for bear bagging
-25 liter silnylon roll-top bag for clothes and bear bag
-a few assorted stuff sacks - I'll either use these or zip-loc bags (especially for clothes)
-3 liter camelback bladder
-2 nalgenes (if I need them)
-bandana for my hair (not gonna use it for anything else, like a sediment filter or dish rag....seems a little gross to me)
Need to buy:
-Trekking poles (my knees need them, as does my tarp)
I think that's it. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for your time.