Gear. Mass. Challenges.
Math Story Problem
Ok. I fretted.
It reminded me of a middle school math story problem: “Knowing Naomi can only carry a total of 10,00 grams (somewhere over 20 lbs), how much gear can she carry?”
As previously shared, due to compression fractures and physical limitations, I can carry about 20 lbs total.
I have been training by gradually adding pounds to my pack and using poles. Despite daily lifting, I’m still lame, and worry about the AT in September of 2023. I can’t carry too much.
Mass is kinda the same thing as weight. I KNEW carrying light was the only way I could manage. So me and mutts massed existing items. I used grams because not only was it scientific, and to me exotic, but much more precise.
I opted for a one-person “heavy” item, thus saving a few grams.
I picked up El Cheap-o scale at Target and frankly, do not know if it’s accurate.
Pack: Osprey brand with internal stays, belt and side, zippered pockets massed with rain thing 55 L= 330 g (but pack is not big enough, thinking about a 55 L)
Tent Nemo one person with stakes: 595
Umbrella: 5 g
Rain pants: .5
Cook (cup, spork, tripod, fuel canister) 2.0
Sleeping bag. 3.0 g
Stuff sacks: .71
So far: 933 grams or about 2 lbs. I have not yet added food or water.
Not yet massed; rain jacket, dry change, several stuff sacks, first aid, or food. Plan to wear the most heavy stuff.
Please be specific and factual – brands, grams.
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I think something is off in either your math or your scale. As an old SASH (Short Ass Section Hiker) I would love to have gear that light. I would offer more advise but I am really bad at math.
Sounds like you’re off to a great start with your prep and I’m looking forward to following along your hike!
Fellow gram user here. Not being exotic just British.
I think you have put some decimal points in the wrong place and maybe mixed grams (g) with kilograms (kg).
There are 1000g in 1kg. For example your sleeping bag: 3g (would weigh the same as an ant – which if it does please let me know what brand!).
When working out weight, it might help to stick to either all grams or all kilograms.
Water is not a negotional item. Maybe you should start with water and add gear since gear has options.