Gear reality check: 28 pounds!

I broke out all my scales this weekend and weighed all my gear. Even with a fancy one-woman tent (MSR Hubba NX) and down sleeping bag (Nemo Nocturne 30), I put together the gear I would pack if I started the trip today and it weighs over 28 pounds (and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some small things I’ll bring!). Add in 2 pounds of food per day, a few liters of water, and a canister of fuel, and my backpack will be 45 pounds for a 5-day stretch. I definitely need to get some weight off across the board!

I’ll never be an ultralight backpacker (don’t really want to sleep without shelter from the bugs, and I hate being cold!) but if I could get down to 22 pounds, I’d be happier. Where to cut… hmm… probably the camp chair has to go first!

Weight (oz) Weight (lb)
Big 3
Backpack Osprey Ariel (65 L) 75.2 4.7
Sleeping bag Nemo Nocturne (30) 34.65 2.165625
Tent MSR Hubba NX 47.25 2.953125
Sleeping pad Thermarest Pro Plus 20.85 1.303125
11.121875
Cooking
Stove Pocket Rocket 3.05 0.190625
Water filter Platypus 9.8 0.6125
Pot + lid 8.48 0.53
Cup + lid 4.3 0.26875
Bowl 2.13 0.133125
Spork Light my fire 0.35 0.021875
Leatherman Juice 5.625 0.3515625
Bic lighter 0.77 0.048125
Bear canister Backpackers’ cache 43.65 2.728125
Hydration pack Camelbak 3L reservoir 7.85 0.490625
Bottles 2 nalgenes 12.8 0.8
4.8846875
Clothing
Down coat 7.05 0.440625
Camp shoes Tevas 16 1
Hiking pants 11 0.6875
Wool long underwear top 7.5 0.46875
Wool long underwear pants 8.55 0.534375
Sleeping socks 2 0.125
Extra hiking socks 2.35 0.146875
Extra pair of underwear 0.95 0.059375
Long sleeve hiking shirt 10.1 0.63125
Stuff sack for clothes 2.7 0.16875
Raincoat 10 0.625
4.8875
Essentials
JMT guidebook Wenk guidebook 12.45 0.778125
Map set 2.2 0.1375
Trowel 2.95 0.184375
Phone 4.5 0.28125
Stuff sack for essentials 1.3 0.08125
First aid kit 14.65 0.915625
Emergency GPS Delorme Inreach SE 7 0.4375
7.559375
Luxuries
Pillow Sea to Summit Aeros Premium 2.95 0.184375
Kindle Paperwhite 7.23 0.451875
Battery Anker Powercore (10000 mAh) 8.67 0.541875
Camp chair 8.4 0.525
Camera with case 6.2 0.3875
1.703125
Miscellaneous dishsoap, toilet paper, duct tapeetc. 16
449.455 28.0909375

 

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