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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby rlown » Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:35 pm

ndwoods wrote:Base weight for 9 days is 12 lbs. Add food and a quart of water and it's about 32 lbs at start...


Can you elaborate on your "Base weight" gear?

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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby Baffman » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:50 pm

I just read several reviews for the Steripen Adventurer UV light water purifier. Most were very negative, high failure rates. I almost ordered one until I read the reviews. Has anyone else used one and have some comments? I'd sure like to leave the filter at home, but I really don't want to do the chemical thing. I might though.

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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby tpdwr » Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:18 pm

My pack weight is 20-23 pounds no food or water. This weight varies depending on whether I'm taking my chair, an extra fuel canister, book or maybe campshoes. My food works out to 1.5 pounds per day so I can expect to start out at around 33 to 35 pounds with a quart of water.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby rlown » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:56 pm

Baffman wrote: just read several reviews for the Steripen Adventurer UV light water purifier. Most were very negative, high failure rates. I almost ordered one until I read the reviews.


The only problem i see (other than the reviews you mentioned) with steripen is that my hiking bladder is embedded in my pack, and my filter doubles as a pump to fill it without opening my pack.

I did the pill thing for years, but i never got used to the taste.

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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby maverick » Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:08 pm

Hi Baffman

I have been using it for the past several years and have to say I like it but it is not all
ways reliable.
There are times that it will not work especially in the mornings even though I take
out the batteries overnight, which I keep with me in my sleeping bag.
Then after a few hours it works so who knows what's going on with it.
Fortunately I only filter water at high usage areas other wise it would be a hassle.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby copeg » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:36 pm

Baffman wrote:I just read several reviews for the Steripen Adventurer UV light water purifier. Most were very negative, high failure rates. I almost ordered one until I read the reviews. Has anyone else used one and have some comments? I'd sure like to leave the filter at home, but I really don't want to do the chemical thing. I might though.

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I used the steripen on one trip a few years back. It died on me within the first 24 hrs. My back-up batteries were useless. The catch here was that the temps were cold (late november). I did warm the batteries in my down jacket...still no luck in getting the thing to work longer than 10 sec. As a last effort I slept with my batteries beside me in my toasty bag and tried it again in the morning...no luck. I returned it the day after I came home from the trip. Your mileage may vary
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby Baffman » Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:10 pm

OK. That's pretty much what I've been reading in reviews. I'm disappointed, but not as much as if I had bought one!

Thanks.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby Sierra Maclure » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:00 pm

Well, I had the priveledge of seeing Markskor's pack last summer and yes, it weighs what it weighs.

I try to go light but I sleep really cold so I have a 3 lb Antelope WM bag. I also sleep in a 1 lb hammock with a Z-rest so I'm hanging out in the universe a bit more than most, although most of my friends just sleep on a Tyvek ground cloth and are cozy in their bags that are half the wt. I like my 5 X 8 Sil Tarp for rain or if it's really cold. I can't sacrifice my camera gear - I already left my gal bladder at a hospital. I don't know if my nickle plated titanium hip weighs more than the original but it sure works better. And when the plastic surgeon tossed a quivering blob of silicon on his desk to show what they'd substitute for my cancerous breast, the first thing I asked was how much it weighed (not quite as much as my hammock). ](*,) And of course, I'm thinking weight when I bring the 151 and leave the water filter AND bear can. I try to go where they are not required and just take an Ursack or 2 (ounces not lbs). I got some Teva-looking sandals at KMART that weigh about 5 ounces per pair. I didn't like my husband's frameless Santa Claus sack pack that arrived in a manilla envelope and weighed enough to be mailed with a few stamps - wasn't comfortable with all my stuff. I like my 3 lb Osprey Aether 60 but it's worn out. I think the lightest I've gone is 37 lbs for 9 days. I always tell my clients that backpacking is an opportunity to discover your priorities. And so it is.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby balzaccom » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:03 am

Just got back from a trip to Europe...so I have some catching up to do:

Here's the list I saw...and how our's is different

Kelty Tioga 5500 (pack) 86 -- we use Eureka 5000, from Walmart, under $60., 56 ounces
Stove (coleman exponent) 19 -- MSR Pocket Rocket, $39, 3 ounces
Thermarest 40 --foam pad, 8 ounces. cheap
REI sleeping bag (10 degree) 53
Tarp and stuff to make a tent 28
GSI Lexan coffee press (14 oz) 15 --nope.
Fishing gear (two rods), gear for both fly and spinning 80 --fly fishing, one rod. 30 ounces.
Fuel ( 2 bottles white gas) 40 -- our fuel is much less than this, about 16 ounces for two cans.
Water (with electrolyte) varies on path. Bladder system up top in the pack. 40
Clothes (synth long underwear, extra shorts, shirt, socks) 16
RainGear 56 -- lightweight jacket from COlumbia, 8 ounces.
Hats (beanie for sleeping, normal hat) 7
Bear Canister (Garcia 812) 44
Food (sans bear canister 16 oz per day usually minus one day for fish) 120
Bacardi 151 (lighter and used for mix) 40 -- nope.
Pots (one 2 quart and one frying pan) 23 -- one aluminum pot, 30 ys old from Goodwill. 6 ounces
Cups and utensils (lexan) 9
Extra Poly Bottles (2 usually) 8
Filter Pump 15
Extra daypack 15
tennis shoes (I like to get out of my boots) 30 -- nope--maybe flipflops
Camera (hp R927) 11
GPS/radio (rhino 530) 11 -- nope
Batteries (extra) 8 --nope
Sundries (meds) 4 --we take more here...wife wants lotion!


Sum in Ounces 818 --difference, 274 ounces. And we didn't spend more money.
Sum in Pounds 51.125-- that's 17 pounds lighter.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby balzaccom » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:05 am

[I always tell my clients that backpacking is an opportunity to discover your priorities. And so it is.[/quote]

GREAT line. Thanks.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby hikerduane » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:22 am

SnowPeak has a new light stove out that weighs 1.9 oz., a savings of 1.1 oz. over the heavy 3 oz. Pocket Rocket.:) $50. What is that, a savings at roughly $800 a pound.:) Like a few years ago, I was looking at a new and lighter spinning reel, to save less then a couple oz. was too much.
Piece of cake.
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Re: What does your pack weigh?

Postby markskor » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:56 am

"Well, I had the privilege of seeing Markskor's pack last summer and yes, it weighs what it weighs."
... (Lol), and it still does too.
Been reading this thread for a while now - very interesting and enjoyable reading...humorous too.

Have to admit though; it is somewhat like listening to the playground kids at school: "Mine is bigger/smaller than yours." - Makes me laugh.

I too started do some weighing of my gear today, just to see what the base weight was, sans food and water, then I gave up…Just too many variables depending on when I am going, where I am going, and for how long I am intending to be out.

If you like and can get by with a scant 9 pounds...more power to you.
If you haul the kitchen sink along, and are happy with weight of 60+ pounds - I am OK with that too. Some here are smaller in stature - maybe weigh 120 pounds, others like me are well over 200...both needing different sized packs. Some like to fish, others practice great photography, some go off trail and high, and still others prefer to do the long trail mile days...all good strategies...all different . Some rely on freeze dried food (Ugh!), just adding water to pre-packaged pouches; others like to eat well and cook real food including fish...thus different stoves/pots required. Some go solo...self-contained, while others share gear weight among a group.
Some stay low; never get above 8,000 feet, while others prefer bagging peaks up to 15,000.
Some hike in June where the mosquitoes are deadly - tent/mesh necessary, while others enjoy the bug-less August nights and can get by safely with just a tarp…or nothing at all except a ground cloth.
Some go out needing a mandated bear can...others stick to places where established bear boxes and hanging obviously means hauling less weight. Some go out when conditions at night may hit 0°, others only backpack when conditions are late-summer balmy...different bags needed here. Some treat their water in varieties of different ways, others don’t.
I could go on, but why bother. As a great women said just above, “We all have our own priorities.”…says it all nicely.

I repeat again my simple credo:
Always buy the best gear… (You will inevitably regret it later if you compromise).
Take what pleases you;
Hike safe,
Eat well.
It weighs what it weighs -
Nobody is asking you to carry anything.
Mountainman who swims with trout
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