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    lightweight packing

    I am doing my final backpack check, and am at 24# with food, but no water.
    we are doing 4 days to kings peak, does that sound about right or am I still to heavy?
    any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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    That's purdy good. Add 4 pounds for water (or less, there are places to pump) and you should be set. Have fun.

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    We're doing Red Castle and my pack will probably be 50-60lbs

    A big chunk of that will be dog supplies, shotgun and other bird hunting supplies.

    I'd love to be sub 30lbs..

  5. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by rooster32
    We're doing Red Castle and my pack will probably be 50-60lbs

    A big chunk of that will be dog supplies, shotgun and other bird hunting supplies.

    I'd love to be sub 30lbs..
    you know, first time i did the hike to red castle, we met a guy and his dog. it was the first time i'd ever seen a backpack for a dog. i thought it was the coolest thing. guy said ... "the dog can come along, but he's gotta carry his own weight." i laughed. the dog seemed not to mind the pack one bit.

  6. #5
    24# is very light for 4 days! I was 35 without water on our Iceland trip.
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~ Frost

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    Re: lightweight packing

    Quote Originally Posted by rlm
    I am doing my final backpack check, and am at 24# with food, but no water.
    we are doing 4 days to kings peak, does that sound about right or am I still to heavy?
    any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
    Depends on how much you weigh. You should stay at or below 20% of your body weight.

    I tend to go heavy. Not that I don't have light gear, I just like A LOT of food while packing.

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    Yeah, eating good is usually my #1 priority. If there's fish to fry I'll rely on that. Otherwise, I'm usually packing in a few cans of stew since I don't really like the freeze dried junk, and hey, I'm on vacation right?
    I wish my lawn was EMO so it would cut itself.

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    LOL, I have never packed a can of food.

    I just take a lot of goodies... cookies, mountain house, pringles, beef jerky, cliff bars etc. Lots of calories.

  10. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by benlittle
    LOL, I have never packed a can of food.

    I just take a lot of goodies... cookies, mountain house, pringles, beef jerky, cliff bars etc. Lots of calories.
    You consider Mountian House a goodie? Holy crap, you probably like black licorice too you sick bastard!
    I wish my lawn was EMO so it would cut itself.

  11. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by KillEmAll
    Quote Originally Posted by benlittle
    LOL, I have never packed a can of food.

    I just take a lot of goodies... cookies, mountain house, pringles, beef jerky, cliff bars etc. Lots of calories.
    You consider Mountian House a goodie? Holy crap, you probably like black licorice too you sick bastard!
    Mmm... Black licorice.

    Mountain House is just good because there isn't any clean up. Most is pretty good. You can find plenty of other stuff that's dehydrated but it has to be cooked or boiled in a bowl/ pot. I personally hate cleaning pots while backpacking especially when you have to pump all the water you're using.

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    Yes, not cleaning up is quite nice. And in all honesty, for freeze dried their food aint half bad. The one thing that really irks me is that they typically only sell it in 2 serving sizes. I like my food, but not that much. Seriously, am I missing something with this? I'm not making dinner for my friends here. I can only stand so much of their "meat". And when they do come in single servings, it's usually the same price as a double. WTF!! Please, someone give me some insight here. I'm not gonna start halfing it either (tried it, major pain in my @#$).
    I wish my lawn was EMO so it would cut itself.

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    food ideas

    this year i made all of my meals from freeze dried ingredients, contents were smaller in size and no packaging. so I was able to put 4 days of food into a 1 gallon ziploc and pack into my pack weighing 2 lbs.
    pretty good I think, now I'll see how filling it is.

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    I just did Gilbert and Kings last weekend Thursday-Saturday. I was at 28lbs which seemed to heavy to me. I took way too much food and carried way too much water.

    without food and water I can usually get my base pack under 20lbs, but that weight doesnt change much because for me all that changes is the amount of food and water I take.

    Water is very abundant up there. Water was even flowing up at Anderson Pass.
    I carried up a full 100 ounce bladder, I wish I would have done about 32 ounces instead.
    I'm not lost... I'm just GeoCaching

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    Re: food ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by rlm
    this year i made all of my meals from freeze dried ingredients, contents were smaller in size and no packaging. so I was able to put 4 days of food into a 1 gallon ziploc and pack into my pack weighing 2 lbs.
    pretty good I think, now I'll see how filling it is.
    Cool. That's something I really want to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caverspencer
    I just did Gilbert and Kings last weekend Thursday-Saturday. I was at 28lbs which seemed to heavy to me. I took way too much food and carried way too much water.

    without food and water I can usually get my base pack under 20lbs, but that weight doesnt change much because for me all that changes is the amount of food and water I take.

    Water is very abundant up there. Water was even flowing up at Anderson Pass.
    I carried up a full 100 ounce bladder, I wish I would have done about 32 ounces instead.
    That's just crazy low pack weight. Good for you. I've never EVER weighed less than 30lbs doing a 5+ day trip.

  17. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by benlittle
    That's just crazy low pack weight. Good for you. I've never EVER weighed less than 30lbs doing a 5+ day trip.
    Note that I said WITHOUT food and water. Also this was only a 3 day trip, although I came prepared to stay up to 5 if I had to to get Kings and Gilbert. Like I said I had waay to much food.

    FYI my tent is a BlackDiamond LightSabre Bivy, it weighs less than 1.5lbs, my sleeping bag is about 2.5 lbs (and I have yet to have a cold night), then I have a 3/4 length thermarest, an MSR whisperlight stove, a titanium 900ml evernew pot, and a titanium toolspoon, some first aid and other essentials, a full change of clothing, extra clothing based on expected temperature, and electronics such a camera, GPS, 2way radio, and cell phone. Unfortunately my back pack itself is about 5 of the 20 lbs. My next purchase may very well be an GoLite or REI UL backpack.

    Oh and my day pack is the REI UL Flash, it only weighs 9oz and is surprisingly comfy.
    I'm not lost... I'm just GeoCaching

  18. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by caverspencer
    Quote Originally Posted by benlittle
    That's just crazy low pack weight. Good for you. I've never EVER weighed less than 30lbs doing a 5+ day trip.
    Note that I said WITHOUT food and water.

    FYI my tent is a BlackDiamond LightSabre Bivy, it weighs less than 1.5lbs, my sleeping bag is about 2.5 lbs (and I have yet to have a cold night), then I have a 3/4 length thermarest, an MSR whisperlight stove, a titanium 900ml evernew pot, and a titanium toolspoon, some first aid and other essentials, a full change of clothing, extra clothing based on expected temperature, and electronics such a camera, GPS, 2way radio, and cell phone. Unfortunately my back pack itself is about 5 of the 20 lbs. My next purchase may very well be an GoLite or REI UL backpack.

    Oh and my day pack is the REI UL Flash, it only weighs 9oz and is surprisingly comfy.
    Yes, but did you cut the handle off your toothbrush?
    Life is Good

  19. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Card

    Yes, but did you cut the handle off your toothbrush?
    No but I took off un needed buckels and tags.... does that count?

    Supplies like Sunscreen, Hydrocortisine and Icyhot I put in little tiny bottles....

    Seriously though, the three places you can save weight fast is 1- tent, 2- sleeping bag and pad, 3- pack itself. Who cares about the 1/2 oz the toothbrush handle weighs...
    I'm not lost... I'm just GeoCaching

  20. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by caverspencer
    Seriously though, the three places you can save weight fast is 1- tent, 2- sleeping bag and pad, 3- pack itself. Who cares about the 1/2 oz the toothbrush handle weighs...
    Agree. Of Course, I am not one to talk. I packed in a griddle into Kolob Canyon just so I could have my pancakes and bacon for the long hike out Kolob Canyon and the Narrows.
    Life is Good

  21. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Card
    Agree. Of Course, I am not one to talk. I packed in a griddle into Kolob Canyon just so I could have my pancakes and bacon for the long hike out Kolob Canyon and the Narrows.
    Wow, Scott! When do I get to do a trip with you man? I'll carry the ropes if you carry the griddle.

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