Joe's Ultralight Backpacking

Detailed Weight Breakdown - 3 Season Base Load


Please remember that the weight YOU are happy with is the weight that's best. My goal here is simply to show what is possible and how to accomplish it, yet still be safe and comfortable.

PACK WEIGHT (no food/water/fuel, using USPS digital scale):


NOTES:

THE PACK

   - CORE TOTAL                  ===  90.6 ozs / 2.57 kg
   - EXTRA CLOTHES TOTAL         ===  34.5 ozs / 0.98 kg
   - SURVIVAL TOTAL              ===  25.2 ozs / 0.71 kg
   - HOUSEKEEPING/KITCHEN TOTAL  ===  12.6 ozs / 0.36 kg
   - MISC TOTAL                  ===   1.7 ozs / 0.05 kg

   - COMBINED TOTAL              === 164.6 ozs  (10 lbs 4.6 ozs / 4.67 kg) 

   - ACTUAL WEIGHT (Full Backpack on digital scale)  === 10lbs 1oz / 4.6kg
     (Looks like some rounding error in the subtotals, but pretty close)    

DETAILS

CORE                                       
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Backpack (GoLite Breeze, Large 3000+ ci)   ---  15.0 ozs / 425.2 g
     - Up to 4200 ci with extension collar.

8'x10' ultralight tarp (Campmor)           ---  13.0 ozs / 368.5 g
A16 Bug Bivy                               ---   6.0 ozs / 170.1 g
Down Bag (Feathered Friends 20F w/ sack)   ---  40.7 ozs / 1153.8 g
3/4-length Sleeping Pad (RidgeRest)        ---   8.3 ozs / 235.3 g
Tyvek groundsheet, 7'x3'                   ---   2.6 ozs / 73.7 g
8 Kelty Nobendium stakes (7001-T6 Al)      ---   4.4 ozs / 124.7 g
50' Kelty reflective guy line              ---   0.6 oz  / 17.0 g

                     CORE TOTAL  ===  90.6 ozs / 2.57 kg


EXTRA CLOTHES
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Umbrella (GoLite Dome)                     ---  9.0 ozs / 255.1 g
Nylon Jacket w/ hood                       ---  7.2 ozs / 204.1 g
Long Underwear Top (lighweight)            ---  7.3 ozs / 206.9 g
Long Underwear Bottoms (lightweight)       ---  4.9 ozs / 138.9 g
Warm Hat (Mountain Hardware Windstopper)   ---  3.2 ozs / 90.7 g
Gloves, Fleece (cutout fingertips)         ---  1.6 ozs / 45.4 g
Bandana                                    ---  1.3 ozs / 36.9 g

                     CLOTHES TOTAL  ===  34.5 ozs / 0.98 kg


SURVIVAL                                   
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1st Aid Kit                                ---  2.9 ozs

   Includes:
   
        - 2 adhesive pads (2-1/4"x3")
        - 3 packets Triple Antibiotic Ointment
        - 2 antiseptic towelettes
        - 2 tongue depressors (digit splints)
        - Few ft. medical tape (wrapped over tongue depressors)
        - 2 Tefla pads (3"x4", won't stick to wounds)
        - 4 caplets Imodium A-D
        - 12 aspirin
        - Bandaids, 5 ea. of Sm, Med, Lg and Butterfly strips.
        - Signal Mirror (because that's where I keep it. :-) )

Princeton Tec Impact II LED w/ batteries   ---  2.8 ozs
Water filter (Sweetwater)                  ---  8.3 ozs

Leatherman "Micra"                         ---  See below
1 Photon LED light                         ---   "  "
2 Candles (BDay)                           ---   "  "
Iodine Tablets                             ---   "  "
Vitamin C tabs (neutralize iodine taste)   ---   "  "
Sewing Needle                              ---   "  "
Pen                                        ---   "  "
                             Total weight  ---   6.0 ozs

"Hurricane" matches                        ---   0.3 oz
Compass, Orienteering (top quality)        ---   1.6 ozs
Map                                        ---   1.2 ozs
Space Blanket                              ---   1.9 ozs
Whistle (plastic)                          ---   0.2 oz
Signal Mirror                              ---  See 1st Aid Kit above.

                           SURVIVAL TOTAL  ===  25.2 ozs / 0.71 kg


HOUSEKEEPING/KITCHEN
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Titanium pot w/ lid (1.3 ltr)              ---   5.7 ozs
MSR Pocket Rocket w/ case                  ---   3.9 ozs
2 Water Bladders (Platypus, 1 litre each)  ---   1.9 ozs
Spork (titanium)                           ---   0.6 oz
TP (Just enough...)                        ---   0.3 oz
Dental Floss + Toothbrush                  ---   0.2 oz

               HOUSEKEEPING/KITCHEN TOTAL  ===  12.6 ozs / 357.2 g


MISC                                       
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Mosquito-netting hood                      ---  0.7 oz
Plastic garbage bag                        ---  0.6 oz
Credit card, Driver's License, Cash        ---  0.4 oz

                               MISC TOTAL  ===  1.7 ozs / 48.2 g


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