Below is my current gear list for overnight and weekend hikes during late spring and summer. Two items have seriously reduced my weight carried this year – OMM Jirishanca which has knocked over a kilo off my previous backpack and around 1.2 kgs when I bought the excellent Vaude Power Lizard UL. This list means that I am able to get my weight down to around 8 kg (17.5 Ibs). I will be reviewing key items of gear in the coming weeks.
Vaude Power Lizard UL – 1050g
Alpkit Pipedream 400 – 750g
Themorest Prolite Regular -460g
Intergal Designs Primasilk pillow -114g
Alpkit Airlok waterproof bag -42g
OMM Jirishanca 35RL – 1040g
OMM Trio 4L Chest Pouch – 150g
MSR Pocket Rocket – 85g
Primus canister feet -23g
MSR Titanium Mug – 50g
Super thin windshield – 63g
Petzl Tikka Plus x 2
Montane Lite Speed – 165g
Montane Atomic Jacket – 295g
Montane Atomic Pants – 195g
PHD Ultra Down Vest – 150g
Smartwool trekking socks
Extremities Waterproof gloves
Garmin etrex Venture HC
Spare Nokia phone
Bits & pieces
Plastic toilet trowel
Silver space blanket
TNF Hedgehogs- 850g
Montane Terra Pants – 320g
Merino wool top or Nike Dri-fit synthetic top
Columbia micro fleece
Some thoughts: do you need a 3GS and a Nano? Surely the 3GS is all you need? And why a spare phone? Try an insulating layer instead of a fleece – you have a down vest so why have a fleece? Bulky, and not particularly wind resistant. I would have a Patagonia Nano Puff or Montane Fireball smock (for 3 season use). Not convinced by the Power Monkey in UK weather – thoughts? Ditch the pillow & shove spare clothes in a dry bag and use that. Try a POE Ether Elite (Martin Rye’s review very good) or Neo Air as they’re lighter & pack smaller than your Prolite. Thoughts?
Maz – It is probably over kill – I take the Nano because
I like to listen to the radio, which is not on the 3GS. The spare phone is there because I find that if I am in a weak signal area my Nokia (I am on Vodafone) is better reception than the 3GS. The Power Monkey and all the gadgets I put in a Aquapac – which they say is highly waterproof , but I have not tried it yet in really wet weather.
I like the pillow – I am afraid, as I have tried the clothes in the stuff sack – just don’t get on with it. You are right about the fleece and the down vest so I can take that out.
The POE – yes after reading Martin’s post the other day – very much on my to get list.
I am sure I can go lighter and by posting up the list – I can get comments and observations from the backpacking community on how to improve things.
Thanks for you thoughts 🙂
As far as Vodafone and the 3GS goes – I sadly agree. I’ve not yet come across the problem of needing signal when I cannot get it but it could well happen. There are always sacrifices to be made I guess. No radio on the 3GS is something a few mates have moaned about – doesn’t occur to me so I defer to you there. Is the Aquapac quite heavy? I have one and cannot get things in or out as the rubber catches. Try a Sea to Summit Ultrasil drybag instead (small one). Sleep is crucial so if you need a pillow, then take one you must. I’m posting on the TMB kit soon so let me know what you think of the stuff there – 11 days and only 6kg.
Will look at the Sea to Summit dry. I will be really interested in you gear list particularly if you have got it down to that weight. Does that include food as well ?
The TMB list did not include food – for reasons which will become clear when I continue by write-up of the journal itself. That said, I am researching a snack bar which purportedly has a high-nutritional/calorific value – it’s called the Big 100 Colossal. Eli had several on the TMB and, if they’re as good as they seem to be, they’re a good snack for the hill. I am always worried about additives and preservatives of course so will revert when I know a bit more but 500 calories, with vitamins and minerals added too, for only 100g and they don’t taste half bad – it’s worth a look.
Hi Mark we have found your blog and was wondering if you had walked at Cross Fell on the Pennines the source of the River Tees?
Yes that is correct.