Bill McGalliard wrote:
I'm currently working on my setup and I just don't see how people get into the 20lbs pack range without spending huge amounts of money on ultralight titanium camping gear. In my list I've got all my pack weight to about 30 to 32 lbs without food. Then once you add food in split up between 2 or 3 people you have to add another 10 pounds to that. Would some of yall give a list of what all you carry, including model numbers and weights, when you're in th 20lbs range. I certainly believe that you do it I just don't know how to do it myself. My last trip I was carrying like 50+ lbs and it liked to kill me and want to get my carry weight lower. Thanks.
Hey Bill - You don't have to spend tons to go ultralight, but you do have to spend a little on some key items. My sub 20lb kit is as follows:
ENO Singlenest Sleep System (Hammock, Tarp, Bugnet, Homemade Slap Straps made of 550 cord, tent stakes) (I bought this piecemeal on sale, paid a total of 175 dollars for this)
Wool Blanket ( 6 bucks at harbor freight )
Reusable Space Blanket ( 15 dollars I think )
Gerber Freeman Knife ( 40 dollars )
Gerber Suspension Multitool (40 dollars )
Fuel Tab stove ( 6 dollars )
Firesteel, Tender Tube, Pocket Light, Lighter, Match Case, Fishing Kit ( probably have 25 bucks total into this )
Nalgene 32 ounce bottle + GSI Stainless steel cup ( 18 bucks )
Second Nalgene 32 ounce Canteen ( 17 bucks )
Platypus collapsible water bottle for filter ( 10 bucks )
Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter + Katadyn water purification Tablets ( Can't recall the price, but between 20 and 30 dollars )
Roll of bank line
50' of Paracord
Guyot Design Spork/Spatula
Food ( Dehydrated Mountain House meals, Oddwala Bars, GORP, Jerky) - this is measured out to my calorie per day comfort level (about 3000 calories, I'm a smaller guy )
Starflash Signal Mirror
That's pretty much the basickit, it weighs 19.4 lbs according to the scale. That is with the water bottles filled.
That's the basic kit. Sometimes I'll carry my 30-30 and my 22/45 with me also so I like to keep the pack light since that will toss on another 10lbs easy. I'll also carry my tomahawk if it's colder or I feel I'll need a bigger chopper.