A good friend of mine asked me last week for some advice about lightening up her pack weight before a trip we are going on. She's a struggling actress and as a result does not have a huge amount of money to burn so price is definitely a big consideration. Has done a lot of backpacking, climbing etc before so does own everything needed already, but a lot of the stuff she has is either preposterously heavy or totally worn out. Anyways, she weighed all her gear for me just now and there were a few very obvious areas to start.
So, I thought, who better to ask than the ultra knowledgeable folks at BPL. If you have any advice at all then please share as that would be awesome and highly appreciated. The main things which need replacing are:
Backpack - Somewhere around 2200-2600 cubic inches. Framed or frameless. Mens or womens.
Tent or tarp/groundsheet/bivvy/bug netting combo - 3 season, good in heavy rain
hiking poles - aluminium or carbon
cook system - alcohol/esbit stove, pot.
Again, the main considerations are price and lightness (and function). Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!