First off thanks to everyone here. I have been reading this forum for some time and been able to reduce my base weight from over 18 pounds to about 12 pounds right now. Posting this gear list to hopefully get some good ideas to lighten even more. My goal was under 12 pounds which i sorta hit, but with the Golite poncho or driducks 10lb or sub10lb seemed doable. Since my pack is new i most likely wont get the Golite Jam 35L, cant justify the cost. I have the Jam in the gear list to show where i am headed later/planning. May try a cuben pack later if i get my weight down enough.
Mainly desert and dry mountains, Southern California, not known for its rain
1-3 nights on average
Solo or one other person, generally no gear sharing
Bugs don't like them. Moving from my Eureka! Spitfire Tent (which i love) to a bivy with tarp combo. Planning on getting the GoLite poncho and Borah Side zipper ultralight bivy long and wide.
Will get a bigger tarp later but rain is not my main concern so the poncho is to stop-gap for small rains that may happen and to keep the sun off. Recently also got some dri-ducks that i would bring if it was going to rain instead of my older heavy gortex stuff.
I would like to cowboy camp, but i also dont want to camp with the bugs in my quilt. So the bivy is my new home. Want to get out of the tent when its nice out. And do not plan on setting up the tarp most nights.
ADDED Google docs link
NOTE For my first column that is my old item weights and not the current weights of whats listed. Just to show where i came from. Sorry for confusion