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Backpacker checklist

Postby Strider » Mon May 14, 2007 7:00 pm

Always good to review at the start of a new season:

http://www.backpacker.com/gear/checklist/highmountain/0,3732,,00.html
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Postby EricJLee » Mon May 14, 2007 10:49 pm

Man, that looks like my winter camping gear list. Seems a bit overkill for a summer backpack.
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Postby Rosabella » Tue May 15, 2007 6:00 am

The "Backpacker" checklist is just a gear review - I don't think they're really suggesting that one would bring a closed-cell foam sleeping pad AND an inflatable sleeping pad. I never bring as many clothes as this list suggests. But it's definately a good review.

Bob Rockwell posted a light-weight backpack gear list a couple years ago:

http://www.ridgenet.net/~rockwell/Climb ... e_Pack.doc

I never seen to get my pack as light as I'd like.... but I keep trying. Except I just got a new harmonica - it weighs twice as much as my old one... but what beautiful tone it's got!!! :D
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Postby langenbacher » Tue May 15, 2007 2:37 pm

Rosabella wrote:I don't think they're really suggesting that one would bring a closed-cell foam sleeping pad AND an inflatable sleeping pad


Actually, I do take both - my Uberlight inflatable pad and my evazote foam pad together are 6 ounces lighter than my thermarest guidelite 3/4 inflatable. The evazote protects and supplements the uberlight, and if the uberlight gets punctured, I can still get by.

For an extreme example of an Excel spreadsheet gram-counting packing list, see http://langenbacher.org/TaboosePass/BackpackList.xls . It was developed by an electronic engineer with too much time on his hands (me) during a long period of unemployment, and recycled many times.
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Pad + Pad

Postby frediver » Tue May 15, 2007 2:57 pm

And that is what I do as well.
I take an ensolite and an inflatable pad, together they weight less than a therm-a-rest.
I have a 2.5 in inflatable and with the ensolite I can be real comfortable.
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Postby BSquared » Tue May 15, 2007 6:16 pm

langenbacher wrote:Actually, I do take both - my Uberlight inflatable pad and my evazote foam pad together are 6 ounces lighter than my thermarest guidelite 3/4 inflatable. The evazote protects and supplements the uberlight, and if the uberlight gets punctured, I can still get by.


OK, I'll bite: where does one get these things? I did a quickie Google search and came up with Uberlight backpacks but no inflatable pads, and evazote seems to be mostly sold in bulk. This sounds like a really interesting way to get both comfortable and light, an unusual (and felicitous!) combination...
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Postby langenbacher » Tue May 15, 2007 6:36 pm

REI.com has the uberlight,
gossamergear.com has evazote
I'm sure there are plenty of alternatives in sources and materials.

Actually I only tried the uberlight once so far, and it was hard to judge because I kept sliding off of it all night due to a very unlevel campsite. Combining the evazote pad with a thermarest prolite 3 S was still lighter than the thermarest 3/4 guidlite, and much more comfortable that evazote alone
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Postby SSSdave » Tue May 15, 2007 8:05 pm

Experienced backpackers often work at some time each season from a checklist, especially before longer trips. There is just too much opportunity to leave minor items behind or not prepare/repair gear that needs attention. My own backpacking trip spreadsheet has over 200 items not all of which I take on each trip. Often when doing a sequence of trips, I don't bother much with my checklist if it is still in the same pile as where I left it on the previous trip and the coming trip is short. ...David
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Postby Snow Nymph » Tue May 15, 2007 8:11 pm

For awhile I was backpacking every weekend, so I would unpack in the garage, do laundry and replace food, batteries, etc, and repack. So the only time I needed a list was beginning of the season.

I have an excell spreadsheet that adds the ounces and tells me how much my pack weighs.
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Postby BSquared » Wed May 16, 2007 4:35 am

Snow Nymph wrote:FI have an excell spreadsheet that adds the ounces and tells me how much my pack weighs.


I've got a pair of shoulders which, coupled with a pair of hips, performs the same function. :lol:
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed May 16, 2007 6:34 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby ERIC » Wed May 16, 2007 8:25 am

Some of you might enjoy this. Click the following linka and save the file to your desktop. It's a weight calculator that also does unit conversions:

http://sierrapacktrip.com/BPWeights.EXE
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