Notes: This is my typical solo load as of August 2005. The only other item I plan to add is a pair of WindStopper fleece full-finger gloves. I have a detailed breakdown of item weights available for the curious. Overall it's about 3/4lb heavier than my base load of a few years ago, but gives me a lot more margin of comfort for the swing seasons. I could shave off half a pound going with a lighter bag for true Summer-only travel, but don't feel it's worth it to me. I like the extra margin. Besides, snow tends to follow me - been hit in April in the Grand Canyon, July in Idaho, August in the High Sierras.
Core changes over the past few years have included:
When heading to the High Sierras or other lofty spots, I add in my favorite fuzzy synthetic fleece longsleeve shirt (12.1 ozs). Yeah, that's pretty heavy but 1) I really like it, and 2) I can't yet afford the down jacket I really want from Feathered Friends - the Hyperion down jacket, 1 oz lighter than my fuzzy shirt, plus EPIC shell and 800-fill option. Hopefully soon....
Also, thanks to fellow OTI member "Gunga Din" George, I now have a Black Diamond Lightsabre bivy to experiment with. I really like it! I'll be swapping between it and my tarp system (below) as whim and logistics dictate. The Lightsabre weighs about 1/4 lb more than my 8'x10' Siltarp (Campmor) plus A16 Bug Bivy combo, but it's a pretty sweet piece of gear.
As of August 2005 ON THE BOD Hiking Shoes (Lowa Tempest Lo) Hiking poles (duct tape wrapped around) Nylon Longsleeve Shirt 2 pair "SmartWool" Socks Nylon Hiking Pants Sunglasses Nylon Running Shorts Camera (in pocket when I bring it) Hat ("Grandma gardening hat" - function over fashion ;-) THE PACK NOTE: Sleeping pad is inside the pack, providing some form. CORE CLOTHES ---- ------- Backpack (GoLite Breeze - Lg, 3000+ ci) Nylon rain jacket w/ hood Feathered Friends Swallow (20F, 800-fill) Warm hat (Mountain Hardwear Windstopper fleece) Siltarp (8'x10') Synthetic longsleeve undershirt Tyvek groundsheet (7'x3') Gloves, Fleece (cutout fingertips) A16 Bug Bivy Bandana 8 Kelty Nobendium stakes Long Underwear Bottoms 3/4-length Sleeping Pad (RidgeRest) GoLite Dome Umbrella 50' Nylon guy line (cut in pieces) HOUSEKEEPING/KITCHEN -------------------- MSR Pocket Rocket SURVIVAL Titanium pot w/ lid (1.3 liter) -------- Spork, titanium 1st Aid Kit 2 - 1 lt Water Bladders Leatherman Micra Dental Floss (few feet - sewing/etc) Map Infant Toothbrush Compass, Orienteering Toilet paper "Hurricane" matches Whistle (plastic) Light, PrincetonTec Impact II LED MISC Light, Photon LED ---- Space Blanket Mosquito-netting hood 2 Candles ID, Credit Card, Cash Water filter (Sweetwater) Plastic garbage bag (many uses!) Signal Mirror (coated plastic) Pen Sewing Needle Iodine/Neutralizer Tablets OPTIONAL -------- Digital camera (Canon A70) Ursack or Bearvault bear-resistant container