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Phillip Asby
(PGAsby) - M

Locale: North Carolina
The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 08:29:33 MDT Print View

I mentioned this on another thread but it occurred to me this might be a fun thread on it's own. What is the most extreme/interesting/amusing example of "non lightweight" backpacking you've witnessed (or perhaps done yourself)?

My experience is limited almost solely to Scout outings - so as you can imagine there are plenty of 85L packs with stuff hanging off them that perform almost like clown cars - I can't imagine how they fit that much stuff into even that big a pack.

I will say that several guys commitment to food is admirable - and I suppose if you split this 4 ways.... well maybe not. 4 guys packed in a 5 lb bag of Kingsford charcoal; a stansport heavy duty camp grill; 4 frozen NY strips; 4 large baked potatoes; a big tupperware bowl of salad (dressed); and a tupperware full of brownies. These weren't newbies either. It was impressive and the hike in was only about 2.5 miles, but still. The next morning they had a stainless steel 8 cup percolator to make coffee. And a fry pan - like the Coleman 9" fry pan not a top to an anodized pot. And half a dozen eggs which they used to make breakfast burritos. Weight aside I can't figure out how they hauled it all in since at least two of them were hauling in two man tents for themselves plus some troop gear (a couple big tarps, etc...). Like I said their packs were like a clown car - more and more big heavy stuff just kept coming.

At a base pack weight of about 19 pounds I am far and away the lightest person out there - my son is close behind me actually. There are a handful of scouts who lean towards light as well but I have a good bit of evangelizing to do and I'm far from UL and not in the same state as SUL guys here.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 08:37:05 MDT Print View

Big cast iron frying pan.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 08:39:30 MDT Print View

"Big cast iron frying pan."

Man, you got to have some muscles just to use that stuff at home, let alone backpacking.. :O

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 08:43:12 MDT Print View

Seriously. When you see teenagers walking into camp looking like arthritic octogenarians, somethin' ain't right.

Edited by T.L. on 09/12/2013 08:43:50 MDT.

(JRinGeorgia) - F
lotsa water on 09/12/2013 08:50:10 MDT Print View

A gallon jug full of water, swinging off the bottom of a super-sized pack, through an area with a stream or spring every few hundred yards.

Benjamin Meadors

Locale: Central Arkansas
Firewood on 09/12/2013 09:04:14 MDT Print View

A buddy of mine carried some seasoned firewood in a sack strapped to his already 40+ lb loaded external frame pack on one of our treks. Needless to say, he never did this again. In case you're wondering, I did tell him that this was a terrible idea.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 09:14:45 MDT Print View

A big cast iron cauldron, enough to feed 10, with an entire watermelon nested inside.

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 09:26:57 MDT Print View

Last year I saw a group at 11,000ft in the High Sierra with a 5L mini keg of beer.

(jake.L) - F

Locale: Katahdin
Only The Essentials on 09/12/2013 09:42:37 MDT Print View

I've witnessed a full keg of domestic (15.5 gallons) with pump tap. Granted it was being pulled on a sled and its only 2.4 miles and 1,843' elevation to Hermit Lake on Mt Washington, NH.

Edited by jake.L on 09/12/2013 09:56:35 MDT.

Phillip Asby
(PGAsby) - M

Locale: North Carolina
social beverages on 09/12/2013 09:49:49 MDT Print View

I admire those committed to a social beverage - I guess I'm lucky that I am happy with and arguably prefer a bit of scotch and water or bourbon and water. Lighter and more bang for the grams so to speak.

(NotLight) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: most not lightweight thing on the trail on 09/12/2013 10:00:58 MDT Print View

The most ridiculous overweight thing I've seen on the trail is myself :(

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 10:14:51 MDT Print View

A sack of raw potatoes attached to the back of a pack.

Aaron Oxenrider

Locale: South Central PA
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 10:21:04 MDT Print View

Scouts are always the best for these. One kid brought canned soup for his meals for a 50 mile week on the AT.

While not weight wise, my favorite story is a kid who brought hot pockets for his meal the first night. It just never occurred to him that he had no way to keep it frozen or cook it properly. We helped him clean a rock and use that to bake it in the fire but he got ribbed pretty hard for it.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 10:28:39 MDT Print View

A 36-inch chainsaw in Desolation Wilderness.

Skis (this was at Point Reyes on the beach, 6 miles from the trailhead). As were:

A basketball backboard (only one, for a half-court game).

An 8-inch reflecting telescope.

A MSR-fired hot tub.

Bradley Attaway
(AttaboyBrad) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
A broadsword. on 09/12/2013 10:35:47 MDT Print View

Over several trips with college friends, iterations of "That's not a knife, THIS is a knife!" really got out of hand.

Edited by AttaboyBrad on 09/12/2013 10:37:53 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
New SLR camera & big lens on 09/12/2013 11:19:15 MDT Print View

My friend took his brand new SLR camera AND telephoto lens on a 5 day trip down Coyote Gulch. I warned him not to take it but he insisted.

Yeah he got great photos... but he sweared bullets carrying it and admitted it was a mistake.

(I gotta 'fess up. I carry an Olympus TG-1 which ain't a lightweight point-and-shoot but it's far from what my buddy Par was carrying.)

Edited by Danepacker on 09/12/2013 11:21:18 MDT.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Glass Bottles on 09/12/2013 11:30:28 MDT Print View

12 beers. What an idiot.

Oh wait, that was me...

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail" on 09/12/2013 11:33:40 MDT Print View

Ok, this may not qualify since it was canoe/kayak camping. But my friend brought two dozen ears of fresh corn, onions, tomatoes, peppers, a hunk of beef for fajitas, two dozen eggs, two pounds of bacon, a bag of fresh bagels, and I forget what else. Oh, and also a cooler with ice.

I must admit it was the best food I'd every had in the backcountry!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail on 09/12/2013 11:38:10 MDT Print View

A large steamer trunk full of heavy camera gear, carried between two guys.


eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
food on 09/12/2013 11:48:51 MDT Print View

and you know what ...

theyre probably having a more satisfying culinary experience than those BPLers eating their dehydrated meals with olive oil swished down with their chlorinated water

there are times when its worth it to bring REAL food ...

each to his/her own