Re: [John Muir Trail] So for those of you who have gone ultralight
- Hi Charlie -You will get a zillion recommendations, but I see a few pounds that could painlessly go away:- Sleeping pad - look at the thermarest Neoair. 3/4 length will save about 1 lb. Really comfy.- Cooking - that setup probably includes weight of fuel. Consider alcohol, a wind screen and super cat stove.- Sleeping bag is heavy and more than you need unless you are going winter camping. Look at 1.5lb 30 or 40 degree bags, or quilt. Therma rest quilt that snaps to their sleeping pad. Why carry insulation your are going to compress to uselessness?- your water bottles look impossibly heavy considering they are empty! Try Nalgene wide mouth soft cantene. 2oz each, and doubles as a pillow.- tent - Tarptent squall 2, bug proof 2 person tent < 2lbs. but.. costly.So thats.. a few lbs off. Makes room for a (soft) bottle of wine!-jg
- I'm working at Ultralight because I am 71 years old, and can't do much real backpacking unless I carry very low weights. So, this can be sort of an alternative view of the John Ladd approach, except that the emphasis is on being nearly as light as possible, or it can't be done.
--- In email@example.com, "Allen C" <acurrano@...> wrote:
> Good advice for sure!
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, greg padgett <gregp701@> wrote:
> > Biggest thing I've found is that the pack needs to be able to carry everything comfortably.If I'm carrying upwards of 30 pounds then give me a pack with real suspension. Hanging 35 pounds from your shoulders all day will turn any hike into a death march.
> > I say save weight anywhere you can and feel comfortable doing so but not at the sake of being uncomfortable or unsafe.