But what would that look like if I were just getting out on my own? I thought I'd do a "weight check" and see what my solo gear list for Southern California would look like under the same weather conditions (expected overnight low 35° F/2° C). To avoid clutter, I'll put the list down below my "signature". I'll put my comments immediately below.
Now, notice something. My two person daddy-daughter base weight was 20.2 lbs/9.2 kg, about 10 lbs/4.5 kg per person. When I take the same gear list and eliminate the child related items, the total is 15.2 lbs/6.9 kg. The "per person" weight went up by five pounds (2.3 kg). This illustrates an important principle: gear sharing saves weight. Sharing a tent, stove, etc. is much more weight efficient than each person carrying their own.
This is part II of (at least) three parts. I'm going somewhere with this: I want to do a week long trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this summer. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are steep, rugged, and range up to 14,500'/4400m in elevation, so I'm going to want to make my pack as light as possible. On a week trip, I'm going to have to carry a lot of food (about 2 pounds per day typically), so the only way to carry a light pack is to really cut my base weight. Ideally, I'd like my total pack weight (consumables + base weight = total pack weight) to be about 25 lbs/11 kg. That will be a challenge. Stay tuned.
Thanks for following along on my "journey to the light side."
One Person Gear List (Base Weight Only)
May 2015, Day time high 65F/18C, Overnight low 35F/2C
|1||Clothing||Patagonia down hoodie sweater (for temps < 40F/5C)*||473||16.7||1.0|
|2||Clothing||Long john top (Capilene 2)||175||6.2||0.4|
|3||Clothing||Long john bottom (Capilene 2)||170||6.0||0.4|
|4||Clothing||Flip flops (To air out feet; I struggle with athlete's foot)||134||4.7||0.3|
|5||Clothing||Golite wind pants||120||4.2||0.3|
|6||Clothing||Fleece glove/mittens (flip top, probably a weight penalty)*||100||3.5||0.2|
|7||Clothing||Montane wind shirt2||95||3.4||0.2|
|8||Clothing||Ghost Whisperer shell2||73||2.6||0.2|
|9||Clothing||socks, 1 pair, midweight||68||2.4||0.1|
|12||Clothing||Down hoodie sweater stuff sack4||20||0.7||0.0|
|13||Hydration||Steri Pen with batteries||123||4.3||0.3|
|14||Hydration||4 x Platypus bladder 1L||100||3.5||0.2|
|15||Hydration||Spare batteries (2 x CR123) for Steri Pen||34||1.2||0.1|
|16||Hydration||Plastic "basin" (for Steri Pen treatment)||18||0.6||0.0|
|17||Kitchen||Trail Designs Ti-Tri Stove set up & 1.3 L Evernew UL Ti Pot*||248||8.7||0.5|
|19||Kitchen||Sea to Summit Aluminum Spoon||9||0.3||0.0|
|20||Kitchen||Titanium Sierra cup/measuring cup||43||1.5||0.1|
|21||Kitchen||4 fl oz (125 ml) alcohol bottle||23||0.8||0.1|
|22||Misc||AMK Optimist First Aid Kit (FAK) + 1 x roller gauze||244||8.6||0.5|
|23||Misc||Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)||196||6.9||0.4|
|24||Misc||Potty kit (TP + hand sanitizer)||136||4.8||0.3|
|25||Misc||Map (topographic) and Isuka roll-up map case6*||111||3.9||0.2|
|26||Misc||Glasses (distance only; used Fresnel lens for reading)||109||3.8||0.2|
|27||Misc||Misc Ziploc (chapstick, meds, matches, sewing kit, crazy glue, duct tape, tenacious tape)7||105||3.7||0.2|
|28||Misc||BP Bag (Cordage, Liquid soap, Thermarest patch kit, ear plugs)||100||3.5||0.2|
|29||Misc||Pouch (sunscreen, fire steel, tripod) Tripod weight, see below||74||2.6||0.2|
|30||Misc||Mammut S-Flex headlamp||49||1.7||0.1|
|31||Misc||Dental Hygiene Kit (brush, paste, and floss)||30||1.1||0.1|
|32||Misc||Snow/sand stake (used as trowel and as tent stake)||35||1.2||0.1|
|33||Misc||Mammut S-Flex headlamp case||28||1.0||0.1|
|34||Misc||Wilderness Permit in plastic Ziploc||18||0.6||0.0|
|36||Pack||Gossamer Gear Mariposa, Large*||884||31.2||1.9|
|37||Pack||Nylofume bag (as water proof liner)||30||1.1||0.1|
|38||Photo||Camera with 1 battery||250||8.8||0.6|
|41||Shelter||Stratospire I tarp tent with bug net inner (used for 2 ppl)||1000||35.3||2.2|
|42||Shelter||Tyvek ground sheet10||130||4.6||0.3|
|43||Shelter||8 x "V" Al stakes (could save 1.5 oz with Ti stakes)||100||3.5||0.2|
|44||Sleep||Western Mountaineering Summerlite 6'0" sleeping bag*||580||20.5||1.3|
|45||Sleep||NeoAir X-Lite 3/4 pad & stuff sack*||240||8.5||0.5|
|46||Sleep||Dry bag, 10L (holds both sleeping bags)||77||2.7||0.2|
|47||Sleep||NeoAir Pillow & stuff sack||60||2.1||0.1|
2 Do I really need a windshirt and a shell both?
3 Was not really adequate for the temperatures
4 Tried using large Ziploc, but kept popping open.
6 Definitely a luxury item. Works REALLY well.
7 Maybe I could eliminate one form of tape.
9 I've dropped and ruined some good cameras. Stays.
10 Could switch to Polycro. Not sure Polycro protects as well.
* A favorite piece of gear
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