My Gear List – HELP!!

OK here is my gear list along with a calculation of my base weight.  I think this is still too high.  Any suggestions as to where I can cut back would be appreciated.  This brings me to a “base weight” of 27lbs  I would certainly like to knock this down by a couple of pounds.  I’m expecting that adding food and water will be about 10 lbs.  Does that make sense?

The Big Three

Packing Stuff

Cooking and Drinking



  • Compass – Suunto MC-2 — 2.6oz
  • Light – Petzl Tikka Plus – 2.9oz
  • First Aid Kit – Modified Adventure Medical Kit — 12.1oz
  • Pocket Knife – generic swiss army knife — 3oz
  • Fire Starter – matches in waterproof case — 0.8oz
  • Whistle (emergency) — 0.8oz
  • Sunscreen — in first aid kit
  • Bug spray — in first aid kit
  • rope/paracord – 100ft — 11.25oz
  • cell phone – iPhone — 5.25oz
  • charger — 5.25oz
  • camera —Nikon CoolPix S9700 — 12oz
  • travel cribbage board and deck of cards (obviously not necessary but fun) — 8.5oz
  • toilet paper and camp towel/etc — 5oz
  • spare batteries — 2oz
  • TOTAL — 71.45oz  or 4lb7.5oz
My Gear1

Ice Cream Not Included (although it would be nice….)



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Comments 2

  • Luke : Jan 27th

    You could lose some weight by switching to a lighter pack and
    sleeping bag. I’m going with an Osprey Exos 58 pack, weighing a mere 40
    oz. My bag is a Sea to Summit Micro McIII which weighs 27 oz. That’s a 50 oz difference, or 3 lbs 2 oz.

    Props on doing it in a hammock. I’m curious as to how that goes. I don’t find hammocks comfortable enough to want to sleep in for 6 months.

    You shouldn’t need 100 ft of rope, 50 ft is more than enough.

    and a camera? Although I’m taking a camera and a phone, too, I’m doing
    it because my phone is cheap (very grainy pics) but an iPhone takes
    pretty decent pics.

    It’s probably not worth the money, but Marmot rain pants/jacket are about 5 oz lighter.

    Lose the games. That’s just extra weight.

    expect food and water to be closer to 14 lbs. Just 1 Liter of water is 2
    lbs 3 oz and you should carry at least 2 Liters. Food should be about 2
    lbs per day, with at least 5 days of food. Personally, I’m taking 7
    days of food to minimize my need to drift off trail into towns.

    base weight is about 19 lbs; total pack weight with food and water will
    be around 36 lbs. I keep modifying my list almost daily, but this is
    what I got so far:

  • Rachel Marcus Elliott : Feb 24th

    I’m interested to see how the hammock goes. I’ve recently been turned on to them as sleeping on the hard ground isn’t as much fun anymore. Please keep us posted.


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