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Survey of pack weights?
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(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: methodology on 07/07/2013 16:23:47 MDT Print View

I like the parking lot idea. People would probably be happy to do it, the ULers for lightweight bragging rights and the heavyweighters for their own trophy (it is made of lead).

(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
Re: Re: methodology on 07/07/2013 16:44:07 MDT Print View

The trailhead approach was used by some friends of mine when looking at map use in National Parks:

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Survey of pack weights?" on 07/08/2013 10:44:29 MDT Print View

I always step on a scale and weigh mine before I leave, just for curiosity's sake. But I'm more of a light backpacker, as opposed to UL. I could drop 5 lbs by leaving a few of my comfort items out, and yet I always take them.

I do look at other people's packs. And while bulk isn't proof positive of how heavy the pack is, I can generally gauge weight by appearance and the amount of staggering the person carrying the pack is doing. I did a day trip this weekend on a trail that is a common 2 day through-hike called Crow Pass here in Alaska and saw some huge packs that I would estimate were in the 60 lb range.

Edited by EagleRiverDee on 07/08/2013 10:45:04 MDT.

Ben Pearre
(fugue137) - MLife
Re: Re: Survey of pack weights? on 07/14/2013 10:55:10 MDT Print View

I'd be curious to see a graph of pack weight vs. household income. Not everyone (especially in rural Canada) considers upgrading a piece of kit while the current item is still functional. Although sacks of potatoes and children seem to suggest a peculiar kind of gourmand...

I can't seem to get my pre-food skin-out weight below about 10.3 kg in Colorado in summer (thanks for the recent "mountain SUL" piece; it helped somewhat). There are just too many things I "need" (such as 1.2 kg of SLR+tripod+bag (an EVIL camera is the least cost-effective upgrade on my list, saving a scant 0.5 g/$ if I go Sony), and my heaviest item at the moment is my 2-kg pack).

Best surprise item I've seen a friend pull out of a pack was a kite. He _really_ wanted to fly it from the continental divide :)

Best surprise item I've pulled out of my own pack was my SLR that time I'd forgotten to bring the SD card.

Edited by fugue137 on 07/14/2013 11:01:30 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
"...32 lbs. is the cutoff point..." on 07/14/2013 13:48:24 MDT Print View

Yeah"! Me too B/C 32 lbs. seems the max comfortable 3 season pack load for a week long trip. That's what I started with in Utah's Coyote Gulch trip a month ago.

At the trip's end I had about 25 lbs. total and that 7 lbs. made a difference in the spring in my step (well, that and the prospect of a cold beer that afternoon. ;o)

Now maybe an Osprey EXOS 58 would feel better. I may try it and give my REI UL 60 to a deserving Boy Scout.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Survey of pack weights? on 07/15/2013 00:33:18 MDT Print View

As a long time fisherman, I have always had some kind of fish weighing scale that I can toss into the trunk of my car if I'm backpacking with a group of friends (in the old days it was a spring scale and I now have a digital scale which seems pretty accurate).

I love to pull out the scale as the packs are unloaded from the vehicles and dare everybody to weigh their packs. I don't hike with light weight backpackers, so most of them have no idea what their final pack weight is (although I suspect some might do the bathroom scale weigh-in). Most people are very curious and want to know their starting pack weight but the odd guy will refuse. The scale is good to 50 lbs so anything over that is... well... just embarrassing for somebody! Most seem to keep it under 50 lbs for a week long trip.

My favorite thing is watching them struggle with the scale... it's really hard to hold a fish scale out in front of you with a 45+ pound pack on the hook!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Packs on 07/15/2013 07:10:24 MDT Print View

"What in the hell are in these packs. They all are supposed hardcore skilled outdoorsmen but they are cooking in insanely huge heavy frying pans."
I think that "frying pan" is actually a gold panning pan. Those guys do have huge packs. They are supposedly going from one adventure to the next with the same gear (except for special gear like packrafts one episode), so there's a lot of gear that's packed for niche uses and doesn't come out most episodes (ie. climbing ropes). But still, the packs do seem huge.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Mine's so on 07/15/2013 14:29:02 MDT Print View

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A long time ago (eg. 4 years ago), I cared about my pack weight. My pack was oh-so-tiny. I wore my UL Wanker Crown proudly.

Then Triple B (Bowling Ball Buns) came along. Then Lord Chubbington, The First, of Backbreakingshire arrived.

See that photo above from 2 weekends ago? LC weighs in at 29 lbs naked, at 17 months. Add in a 8 lbs of pack, plus water and gear for him and I? We are talking between 45 and 50 lbs. (He has to have that pack as well - the Deuters are the only ones tall enough for him - he is also nearly 3 feet high.....)

It's a good thing I took up weight training. Seriously.

Went backpacking 3 weekends ago and while I had a daypack on, I truly didn't care what went in. A solo overnight pack is a dream weight compared to hauling Lord Chubbington.

Anyhow...I have come to the realization that weight doesn't truly matter much anymore, for a few more years. Well it does, in a the gym. Lol.....

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: weights on 07/17/2013 18:51:02 MDT Print View

"...with a huge backpack, but attached to either side of this huge backpacks were harnesses, and in each harness hung a 3-4 year old child."

I actually considered taking one of those framed backpack kid carriers (whatever they are called) and attaching my gear (using stuff sacks, etc) to it so I could take my daughter. When I started adding up the weight I changed my mind! I have to give it to that Dad! :)