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JMT Gearlist Mid Aug- Update
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Sidney Pow
(sidpow) - F
JMT Gearlist Mid Aug- Update on 07/15/2013 14:06:26 MDT Print View

Hi All, I'm looking for advice on the completeness of my list and possible ways to lighten my load. We will be doing the JMT from Yosemite mid Aug for 2 weeks.

Things I'm thinking of cutting out:
1)Fleece - I have a down jacket, long sleeve shirt and short sleeve shirt, beenie, gloves and a rain jacket to keep me warm.
2)Fire Stiker- We will be bringing two mini bics which have stikers in them, which should work even as a striker in an emergnecy situation.
3) Are tent poles nessary? I figure we can put our backpacks in the tent if it really is that windy/rocks when we're not in the tent.

Things that are highlighted green are shared weights, and my partner's list is copying mine for simplicity but that wont actually be the case.

Tab in question is 'Gear List'

Thanks again!

Edited by sidpow on 07/15/2013 15:17:01 MDT.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
nix on 07/15/2013 21:44:23 MDT Print View

Start with changing your big 3:

Osprey Atmos 65 Pack
Tadpole 23 Bx Tent 2-Person 3-Season
REI Polar Pod

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: nix on 07/20/2013 06:57:04 MDT Print View

Yeah, without too many specifics on your list it's hard to comment on much except for your seriously heavy big 3:

55oz for a sleeping bag is a ton
At least you are sharing the tent weight
Your filter can be swapped with aqua Mira or a sawyer squeeze (good way to lose a pound)

Not sure what your mean by "bringing tent poles." I'm assuming your tadpole needs tent poles, you are both bringing trekking poles...what is your question?

A down sweater will always be lighter than a fleece.

No need to fuss with fire fires allowed.

Have a blast!

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: nix on 07/20/2013 08:16:59 MDT Print View

I think # 3 should be tent stakes, not poles. Reference to packs inside tent if windy was the clue.

Edit: Yes take stakes.

Edited by kthompson on 07/20/2013 08:17:37 MDT.

Sidney Pow
(sidpow) - F
thanks on 07/20/2013 23:14:07 MDT Print View

Thanks everybody.

I can't really afford to swap out my big three.

I will nix my fire striker and fleece.

Eileen Duncan
(eileensd) - MLife

Locale: The Sierra or the SF Bay Area
Some ideas to lighten your load. on 07/22/2013 19:19:14 MDT Print View

Replace toothpaste with powdered (avail at whole foods)

I'm not sure where you came up with just 20.5oz for your BC500; my BV500 weighs 39oz.

Ditch the moleskin. It won't stay on. Use Leukotape on hotspots, and bring a couple corn pads to raise up around a painful blister (and secure with Leukotape).

Ditch the hand sanitizer (!?)

If you're not going till Aug there will be few mosquitoes (esp. this year). I'd take either about .5oz of DEET or better yet, just a head net.

What are the cotton ball fire tinders for? You are not allowed to have a fire and they won't work with your JetBoil. Leave them behind and take 2 mini bics.

Take 1/2 the JMT map set and send the other 1/2 ahead to MTR.

Exfoliating wipes (!?) - exfoliate with a multi-use snot-rag/sponge/bandana.

Take 1/2 the TP and dab dry with an ultra micro weight towel (cut down to size) to be used only for this purpose.

4 liter capacity (3l platypus and 1liter bottle) is overkill. 4 liters between two people (5 if you are worried) should be plenty.

Replace filter with AuqaMira drops. MUCH lighter. You're hiking fast, so a set (1oz each A & B) should be just right for 2 people until MTR. Send another pack in your MTR resupply. Do the math, if it seems tight, bring a few AquaMira tabs (takes 4 hours) to purify a couple liters overnight. I did the JMT (15 days) on one pack of AquaMira (2.95oz) and I drink 7-9 liters/day.

1 pr. socks w/liners + sleeping socks will suffice.

Sidney Pow
(sidpow) - F
thanks on 07/28/2013 10:27:46 MDT Print View

Thanks elieen I've made a lot of your changes.

BV is half of the weight because we're sharing the weight :)

canyon steinzig
Re: JMT Gearlist Mid Aug- Update on 08/02/2013 10:48:15 MDT Print View

I'm guessing you mean tent stakes. Not a convenient weight saver

Eileen Duncan
(eileensd) - MLife

Locale: The Sierra or the SF Bay Area
JMT Mosquito & H20 update on 08/12/2013 12:06:09 MDT Print View

I finished my JMT thru hike on 8/7. There were very few mosquitoes along the trail. After Red's I didn't see one other than by Deer Creek and during my evening in LeConte. Still, I didn't use a single squirt of DEET (would rather tolerate a bit of annoyance and a bite here and there than put DEET into the environment!) and used my head net once while getting water by one of the Trinity Lakes north of Red's. So... I think you can leave the repellent/head net behind.

Lots of H20 on trail. Large creeks and most streams (nearly all originally fed by a lake) were running. I was glad to have 2L capacity and never felt the need for more.