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"Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose
we came from the woods originally."

- John Muir

Summer Gear List (Springer Mountain, 25-26 July 2009)

Item Cost Weight (oz) Weight (g) Notes
Big 4:
Gossamer Gear Murmur Backpack
$90
7.8
222
Includes shoulder and hip pads. No shockcord installed. Weight w/o Nitelite pad (110g)
Gossamer Gear Nitelite Torso Pad
 
3.9
110
Used as backpack frame, sitpad, and foot insulation for half-underquilts.
Warbonnet Blackbird
 
20.1
570
Given to me by HF members while I was deployed overseas…thanks guys! 1.7 oz OD green.
Warbonnet Suspension
$0
7.8
220
Weight includes 2 x 107" webbing (114g each), 2 x Camp Nano Biners (30g each), 4 x Triangle Rings (8g each), 2 x attachment cords (6g each)
Half-Underquilt (.8" PrimaLoft)
$25
12.9
366
0.8" Primaloft, 61" x 36", 1.9 oz DWR. Originally made as kids' underquilt. Could also be used as elephant's foot half-top-quilt with a jacket.
Half-UQ Suspension
 
1.4
40
Includes four small JRB mini-biners and three lengths of shockcord.
Blackbishop's Sack
$1
0.7
20
Used to stuff DownHammock and No Sniveller. Cost is 1 yd of Walmart $1/yd silnylon.
OES MacCat Standard Tarp
$95
13.5
382
Weight of tarp only. See my JRB-MacCat Comparison.
JRB Ridgeline Cord
 
0.2
6
 
JRB Self-Tensioning Line (STL)
 
1.7
48
4 x STLs to keep tarp taut. Weight includes cord and tensioner.
Y-stakes (4) w/ Bag
 
1.9
54
Includes stake bag (6g) and 4 Y-stakes (10g each)
JRB Stealth
$210
16.3
462
Summer bag, lofts at 1.5-2".
Big Four Total
5.5 lbs
88.2
2500
Includes ground equivalent of Pack, Shelter, Bag and Pad.
Kitchen:
JRB Compression Sack
1.3
36
Jack says this the lightest compression sack commercially available.
Stove Set
 
2.0
58
Includes OES Pepsi Can Alcohol Stove (10g), Foster's Pot (22g), Foil Lid (5g), Ground Cover (4g), Windscreen (8g), Pot Stand (10g)
Measuring Cup
$5
1.5
42
Used for measuring cup, mug, and bowl to hold freezer bag for meals. Foster's pot nests inside for protection. Made from 32 oz soft Nalgene bottle cut down to 16 oz. I used the mouth for the gravity filter.
Lexan Spoon
$.50
0.3
8
On-sale at REI
Nalgene Soft-sided Canteen
$9
2.3
66
48 oz wide-mouth version. Used for camp water, hot water bottle at night, and pillow.
20 oz soda bottle
$0
1.2
34
Free with soda...I like the wide-mouth Aqua-Fina bottles
Katadyn Micropur Tablets (10 ct)
 
0.2
6
Consumable...weight per 10 ct.
Kitchen Total
0.6 lbs
 
8.8
250
Includes food bag, kitchen gear; no food.
Clothing:
Clothing Bag
$5
1.8
52
ThermaRest bag from REI member sale. Silnylon outside, microfleece liner for pillow.
The Packa
$30
10.9
310
Silnylon jacket and pack cover...like a poncho, only better. Weight includes seam-sealing.
DropStoppers Pants
$16
4.2
120
Cost includes jacket, but I carry the Packa instead.
Mountain Hardware Polypro Watch Cap
 
0.8
24
 
SmartWool Socks
 
2.0
56
 
Clothing Total
1.2 lbs
 
19.8
562
Includes raingear; no change of clothes.
Sundries:
Sundries
 
12.6
356
First aid kit, fire kit, toiletries, photon light (8g), compass, etc.
Small wire-gate Biner
 
0.1
4
Cheap Walmart type.
Bandana
$2
1.2
34
Used for everything!
Gerber 400 Lockblade
$20
1.3
36
2.5" blade.
Misc Total
0.9 lbs
 
15.2
430
 
Base Weight: 8.2 lbs
132.0
3742
 
Luxuries:
Canon SD300 Digital Elph Camera
$300
5.1
144
Includes batteries and 4 GB media card.
Extendable Camera Tripod
$15
3.6
102
I forgot the brand name.
Inflatable Pillow
$0
0.6
16
Small white inflatable that Ed Speer and JRB sell. Includes straw inflater.
Notebook w/ Pencil
$2
3.2
90
Used for trip notes, journaling, etc.
Luxuries Total
0.8 lbs
 
12.4
352
 
Consumables:
2L Water
$0
70.5
2000
 
Denatured Alcohol
 
4.0
112
Enough for ~6 hot meals/drinks.
Food
 
70.5
2000
About a kilo per day.
Consumables Total
9.1 lbs
 
145.0
4112
 
Overnighter Pack Weight
18.1 lbs
289.5
8206
Includes 4112 (9.1 lbs) of consumables
Worn Gear:
Nike CoolMax T-Shirt
$18
5.7
162
Short sleeves.
REI Hiking Swimtrunks
$5
4.7
134
From REI member sale. Weight includes liner so no underwear needed.
Alpaca 3/4 Length Socks
$8
2.0
58
 
Merrel Moab Ventilator Boots
$90
34.6
980
Awesome boots!
Black Diamond Contour Hiking Poles
$90
19.6
556
278g each.
Worn Gear Total
 
66.7
1890
 
From Skin Out
13.2 lbs
211.1
5984
Does not include consumables
FSO w/ consumables
22.3 lbs
356.1
10096
Includes 4112 (9.1 lbs) of consumables


Three-Season Gear List

Ok...so I was fine before I started making this page. Then I started weighing everything in my kit and became a little OCD. Maybe a lot OCD. The digital scale is accurate to 1/8 oz (2 g).

Using these weights, my Big Four totals 5 lbs 4+ oz, and my base weight for a weeklong three-season trip is just under 11 lbs. For a 7 day unresupplied trip, adding in food and water, that's still well under 30 lbs starting total pack weight. Not bad for 7 days!

I could surely go lower, but I'm not willing to give up certain comforts, and I can comfortably carry 30 lbs on the rare occasions when I actually make it out for seven unresupplied days at a time.

Item Cost Weight (oz) Weight (g) Notes
Big 4:
GoLite Speed Backpack
$70
25.625
726
3600ci. I removed extra straps and velcro. Weight w/o Platypus and with floating lid (2.25oz, 62g). See my BGT Owner Review.
DownHammock v2
$80
19.25
544
Probably good to 25 F.
Hammock Supports
$2
5.25
149
Homemade buckle set, 8' of 1" polypro webbing.
JRB 8x8 Tarp
$60
10.25
290
Weight of tarp only. See my JRB-MacCat Comparison.
Tarp Accessories
-
1.75
50
Includes 2 Y stakes (3/8 oz / 12 g each),
- 2 JRB Self-Tensioning Lines (.5 oz / 14 g each),
- 2 x 9' Air Core 2 ridgeline tie-outs (~1g each).
JRB No-Sniveller Top Quilt
$200
21.5
608
Good to mid-30s. Doubles as poncho for worn insulation. Purchased as part of the 3-Season Set with optional overstuff. See my BGT Owner's Review.
Blackbishop's Sack
$1
.75
20
Used to stuff DownHammock and No Sniveller. Cost is 1 yd of Walmart $1/yd silnylon.
- Big 4 Total
$413
84.375
2387
5 lbs 4.375 oz including pack, shelter, bag...no need for pad.
Kitchen:
JetBoil Personal Cooking System
$80
15.125
428
Weight includes 1L pot, lid, cozy, handle, pot stand, stove, windscreen, heat exchanger, measuring cup (all included with cooking system). Fuel and cannister not included.
Lexan Spoon
$.30
0.25
8
-
Nalgene Canteen
$9
2.375
66
48 oz wide-mouth version. Used for camp water, hot water bottle at night, and pillow.
2 x 20 oz soda bottles
Free
2
68
1 oz (34 g) each.
JRB Compression Sack
*
1.25
36
Food sack. Jack says this the lightest compression sack commercially available.
- Kitchen Total
$90
21
606
1 lbs 5 oz
Rain and Cold:
The Packa
$30
11
310
Silnylon jacket and pack cover...like a poncho, only better. Weight includes seam-sealing.
DropStoppers Pants
$16
4.625
120
Cost includes jacket, but I carry the Packa instead.
Polyester Thermal Top
*
4.875
138
Air Force issue.
Polyester Thermal Bottom
*
05
142
Air Force issue.
Blackhawk Hellstorm Polypro Balaclava
*
02
56
Air Force Issue.
Thinsulate Gloves
*
03
90
Don't remember the cost.
Clothing Bag
$5
1.825
52
ThermaRest bag from REI member sale. Silnylon outside, microfleece liner for pillow.
- Rain and Cold Total
$51
32.375
908
2 lbs .375 oz
Miscellaneous:
Gerber 400 Lockblade
$20
1.25
36
2.5" blade.
Petzl Tikka
*
2.625
74
Air Force Issue. 3 LED headlamp. Weight w/o 3 AAA batteries. 2 oz w/ batteries.
Photon Light
*
0.375
10
Air Force Issue.
Sit pad
$3
4.125
114
19" square of 1/4" thick Target CCF pad.
Contractor bag
$.20
2.675
76
$4 for a roll of 20. 76g each. Use for pack liner, emergency groundcloth, etc.
Bandana
$2
1.25
34
Used for everything!
Small Stuff
-
22
704
Includes TP, hand sanitizer, Aqua-Mira, sunglasses, camp soap, duct tape, first aid, toiletries, emergency firestarter kit, whistle/thermometer with clip, ziplock bags, bug juice, baby wipes, couple of mini-biners, etc.
- Misc. Total
$25
34.3
1048
2 lbs 2.3 oz

Total Base Weight

$577
172
4948
10 lbs 12 oz
Hobby:
Canon SD300 Digital Elph Camera
$300
4.5
144
Includes batteries and 512MB media card. Stores about 8,000 pictures in lowest setting, and ~850 in normal setting.
Extendable Camera Tripod
$15
3.625
102
I forgot the brand name.
Journal and Pencil
$2
3
90
-
- Hobby Total
$317
11.125
336
-
Worn Gear:
Hi-Tech hi-top hiking shoes
$20
38.25
1086
Closeout sale (MSRP ~$60). Weight per pair.
Nike CoolMax T-Shirt
$18
5.75
162
Short sleeves.
REI Hiking Swimtrunks
$5
4.75
134
From REI member sale. Weight includes liner so no underwear needed.
Alpaca 3/4 Length Socks
$8
2
58
SmartWool socks weigh 2 oz, 56 g.
OR Nimbus Sombrero
*
3.1
90
BGT Test. Good for sun and rain.
Worn Gear Total
$51
53.85
1530
3 lbs 6 oz
From Skin Out: $945 236.975 6814 14 lbs 13 oz dry weight (Includes base weight, hobby, worn gear. Does not include consumables.)
Consumables:
SnowPeak GigaPower 110g Isobutane/Propane Cannister
$3
06
180
-
40 oz water
0
-
-
-
Maps
~
~
~
Varies depending on trip.

Notes to reduce weight:

  • Replace pack to save up to 20 oz. I'll count this one as 10 oz, leaving me with a 16 oz pack.
  • Replace 15 oz JetBoil with 2 oz Alcohol Stove set to save 13 oz.
  • Drop sit pad to save 4.125 oz.
  • Replace hammock supports with Air Core Plus and HH huggers to save 2.75 oz.
  • Drop headlamp to save 2.625 oz.
  • Drop Nalgene canteen to save 2.375 oz.
  • Replace Packa with DropStopper jacket and pack cover to save 2 oz.
  • Replace tarp tensioners with Air Core 2 to save 1 oz.
  • Replace ThermaRest clothing bag with JRB sack to save .625 oz.
This would bring my savings to 38.5 oz, or 2 lbs 6.5 oz.

But honestly, with a 10 pound pack I'm not worried about another 2-1/2 pounds.

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