While I'll never be in league with the experience found in these threads, I'm still no stranger to falling asleep to the sound of June bugs rustling through the leaves under my groundcloth. A couple years ago when I began switching from bike camping to hiking, I didn't own a scale (gasp!), and now it's a brave new world for me. I think I'm still in the new-toy phase and over using it, but hey, we all gotta learn somehow right?
So this year, instead of traipsing around endless loops, or boring in/out trips, I'm going to start whittling away at the Superior Hiking Trail. I'm gearing up for late spring through early fall 3 day/2 night trips. 10-17 mile days, with 30 mile total averages, plus 20 miles of bicycle shuttling back to the car. I have it mapped out to complete it in 8 trips, but it will need a little different setup than last years ULA Circuit/Duomid/Mummy bag outfit. I don't get much time away, so this will have to do for me.
Throughout the season this coming summer, I'm expecting chilly nights (~30f), sweltering days (~90f), biblical bug swarms, minimal critter invasions and ample water supplies. My goal is a casual pace of crossover backpacking, with some relaxing camp time and scenic hike time.
Since I bought a membership here a month or so ago, I've been posting a bit around the forums, so thought I should post a list. It seems like something I should do as a course of disclosure, maybe a show of faith/trust in the community here by exposing myself to the scrutiny of the group. Not to mention a little advice is never something to turn away, especially since this will be the first time out for a lot of this gear. It's a little heavy in the hardware dept., (cooking, tools), but I accept that as the camping comfort side of me.
On top of the following gear, I'll be caching a bit at the bike TH too, for the ride back. Helmet, SPD shoes, full water bottles, gloves, bike shorts, etc.
(Weighed in grams, converted and posted as oz's. Any misc storage ziplocs are included in weights.)
PACKED: 7.56 lbs.
Gossamer Gear Murmur w/All the acc's - 12.5
MYOG polycryo liner - .5
SMD Gatewood Cape - 12.4
Serenity Net w/Stuffsack (debris protection) - 8.5
8 Lawson Ti Stakes - 1.8
EE Enigma 30 degree - 15.8
NeoAir Small w/Stuffsack (fragility protection) - 7.5
Disposable poly poncho w/3 clips - 2.1
MB Tachyon wind hoody (large) - 2.6
WM Flash puffer hoody (med) - 10.2
Polypro top, REI mid bot thermals, spare socks - 15.5
Cooking: (1-pot meals)
Imusa 12cm and bandana wrap - 4.4
Long Spoon, Coleman Cup, GSI coffee filter - 2.2
BB (Trekker) .004 (on order, Solostove now) w/windscreen - 5.9
Backup MYOG Alc stove w/40ml fuel bottle (2 boils) - 1.6
Fire stuff (PJCB, matches, Minibic) - 1.5
2 medium OpSacks - 1.6
Sawyer mini, 3 15ml bottles w/AM (mostly for taste) - 2.2
2 1L SmartWater bottles - 2.8
BD Gizmo headlight (AAA flood) - 1.6
ITP A3 (AAA 96 lumen spot) - 1.0
Leatherman Squirt - 2.0
Hygiene, Medical, Repair - 3.3
TP - 2.0
Headnet, .5 oz DEET - 1.7
WORN: 4.38 lbs.
Shoes (need new ones, estimated weight) - 21.2
Socks (PhD) - 1.9
Pants (Columbia Silver Ridge Converts) - 11.5
Briefs (Generic synthetic) - 1.4
Shirt (Generic wicking) - 3.4
Hat (Tilley TWC4 - too hot for strong summer) - 5.0
Prescription Glasses - 1.0
Galaxy Player (GPS, Camera, Kindle, etc), Battery, Headphones - 5.3
Butterfly wallet, Keys - 1.4
Map, Compass, Mini-Bic - 1.6
1.25mm Z-Line (var lengths) - 1.2
Bandana - 1.1
Lanyard (Photon, LMF mini, Gerber LST, Acme Tornado) - 1.6
BD Z-poles (aluminum) - 12.8
3 days food (700g/day) - 4.63
1 liter water - 2.2
BPW - 7.56 lbs
Max PW - 14.39 lbs
Min FSO - 11.94 lbs
Max FSO - 18.78 lbs
I'll be editing this a little as time goes on I'm sure, so like most I'd imagine, it's a work in progress :)