Just four more weeks until Kelly and I take off on our “close to home” hiking adventure. We’ve been reviewing our gear choices, food choices, and route. I’m very excited to get out there and hike.
In the meantime, I am walking everyday with my pack on and loaded. I’m at 12 pounds right now. That is all I will carry with the exception of food and water. I’m not really sure how to “simulate” food weight in my pack. Maybe I should weigh a yoga block and see how close that gets me. I’ll need about 5 pounds of food and will probably carry 3 pounds of water. It is my plan to keep my total pack weight at or under 20 pounds.
Kelly will also be lightweight. He’s carrying the tent (4 lb), but other than that his gear list looks almost exactly like mine. He won’t be carrying the stove or fuel (1 lb). He’ll also be carrying any extra water that we need. So we think his total pack weight will be around 30 pounds.
Here’s my pack: A Gregory Jade 34 (size small, weight 2 lb 14 oz). It is extremely comfortable and has plenty of padding in the hips and lumbar areas. Both areas were bruising and hurting with my old pack. It is also 9 Liters bigger than what I carried before. This pack is big enough that I can fit in my down layers for Fall trips.
My sleeping pad is a Thermarest SOLite (women’s torso length, 9 oz). I’m hoping these old bones won’t mind the thinness. Usually I’m so tired after we hike that I could sleep anywhere. There are some really nice, self-inflating, air pads out there. They aren’t too much heavier than what I already carry. I’m just not going to carry an air pad. I know myself well enough to know, I’ll pop that baby halfway through the trip.
My sleeping bag is just a cheap, synthetic, mummy style, summer weight bag that weights 2 lbs in its compression bag. It is comfortable though. Eventually I’d like to replace it with a 2 pound down filled 15 degree bag. That sounds so luxurious. I’d be willing to do some cooler weather camping with that! I’ve looked at just adding a silk liner, but those can get pricey. If I’m gonna spend more on this hobby, I’ll get the new down!
That is the core of my pack. Next post I’ll get into water, food, stove, and clothes.