- In my first post, A Gear List for Two, I listed out everything I carried for me and my daughter on a recent backpacking trip in Southern California, base weight 20.2 lbs (9.2 kg).
- In my second post, Lightweight Solo Backpacking Gear List for Southern California, I deleted out all of my daughter's items and created a solo gear list, base weight 15.2 lbs (6.9 kg).
- In my third post, Sierra Nevada Summer Backpacking Solo Gear List - Version I, I converted my Southern California gear list into a gear list for a week long trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, base weight 18.8 lbs (8.5 kg).
- This post is Version II of my Sierra Nevada Summer Backpacking Solo Gear List, base weight 14.7 lbs (6.7 kg).
- My next post will be Version III, contents yet to be determined, but with a base weight hopefully in the 13 pound range.
The weight gain in the Sierra Nevada version was primarily due to the addition of a bear canister, a mandatory item in the Sierra Nevada.
For a week trip in the Sierra, I figure I'm going to carry a dozen or so pounds of food, a couple of pounds of water, and about a pound of fuel, for a total weight of about 15 pounds (6.8 kg) for my consumables. Total pack weight = consumables + base weight, so with a consumables weight of 15 lbs and a base weight of essentially 19 lbs, my total pack weight would be 34 lbs (15.4 kg), placing me, a 220 lbs/100 kg person, in the "moderate" category based on a proportional weight schema as follows:
|Lower Rae Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, June 2014|
|Proportional Total Pack Weight|
|Ultra Heavy||Very Heavy||Heavy||Moderate||Light||Very Light||Ultra Light||Super Ultralight||Extremely Ultralight|
|Peaks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.|
First, I've swapped out my "sweater weight" down hoodie. Man! I love that thing, but it is a full pound. The down vest cuts that weight roughly in half. Now, will a vest (with no hood and no sleeves) be warm enough? We'll see. I'll have to keep a close eye on the weather as the trip approaches.
Likewise, I've swapped out my Capilene 2 top and bottom base layers for silk ones, saving over a quarter pound. Will these uber sheer silk ones be warm enough? Again, I'll have to watch the weather reports.
I've deleted any water treatment for this trip. Some people will think that's crazy, particularly if they've been reading the marketing spiel of the filter companies, but tests by an MD/PhD backpacker have shown the water in the Sierra to have less giardia than city water except in areas with heavy human use or livestock. I've gone without water treatment before in the Sierra, and I believe I'll be fine.
I've dropped my Isuka map case which I purchased in a mountain shop in Japan. That one sucks, because I really like that map case, but I'm going on well marked main trails, and I need to get the weight down. If I were doing off trail routes or sketchy trails, I would keep the case.
I've dropped spare batteries for my phone and camera. Instead I'll carry a single external battery and recharge my phone and camera as needed.
There are other changes, which are detailed below in the gear list, but the last major change I'll mention is swapping out my deluxe Stratospire I tarp tent for a minimalist Gatewood Cape. The Gatewood is not as weather proof, so I'll have to be really thinking in terms of site selection and such. One can use a "Serenity Bug Net" with the Gatewood Cape, but the Serenity Bug net is in my opinion poorly designed and really cuts down the interior volume of the cape unnecessarily, so I'll be leaving it behind. I could sleep in a head net, if needed, uber minimalism at its finest.
More to follow I'm sure, but here's where I am at today. I thank you for joining me.
One Person Gear List (Base Weight Only)
|Sierra Nevada Mountains, Summer 2015, Day time high 80F/27C, Overnight low 40F/5C|
|Category||Old Item||New Item||Old Grams||Old Ounces||Old Pounds||New Grams||New Ounces||New Pounds||Grams Saved||Ounces Saved||Pounds Saved|
|1||Clothing||Patagonia down hoodie sweater||Eddie Bauer First Ascent Down Vest||473||16.7||1.0||272||9.6||0.6||201||7.1||0.4|
|2||Clothing||Long john top (Capilene 2)||Terramar silk long john top||175||6.2||0.4||101||3.6||0.2||74||2.6||0.2|
|3||Clothing||Long john bottom (Capilene 2)||Terramar silk long john bottom||170||6.0||0.4||110||3.9||0.2||60||2.1||0.1|
|4||Clothing||Flip flops||No change||134||4.7||0.3||134||4.7||0.3||0||0.0||0.0|
|5||Clothing||Golite wind pants||No change||120||4.2||0.3||120||4.2||0.3||0||0.0||0.0|
|6||Clothing||Fleece glove/mittens||No change||100||3.5||0.2||100||3.5||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|7||Clothing||Montane wind shirt||No change||95||3.4||0.2||95||3.4||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|8||Clothing||Underwear, 1 pair||No change||90||3.2||0.2||90||3.2||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|9||Clothing||socks, 1 pair, midweight||No change||75||2.6||0.2||75||2.6||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|10||Clothing||Ghost Whisperer shell||No change||73||2.6||0.2||73||2.6||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|11||Clothing||socks, 1 pair, midweight||Deleted||68||2.4||0.1||0||0.0||0.0||68||2.4||0.1|
|12||Clothing||Fleece hat||No change||40||1.4||0.1||40||1.4||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|13||Hydration||Steri Pen with batteries||Deleted||123||4.3||0.3||0||0.0||0.0||123||4.3||0.3|
|14||Hydration||4 x Platypus bladder 1L||Only carry 2 x Playtypus bladder 1L||100||3.5||0.2||50||1.8||0.1||50||1.8||0.1|
|15||Hydration||Plastic "basin" (for Steri Pen treatment)||Deleted||18||0.6||0.0||0||0.0||0.0||18||0.6||0.0|
|16||Kitchen||Garcia Bear Canister||BV350 Bear Canister||1280||45.2||2.8||923||32.6||2.0||357||12.6||0.8|
|17||Kitchen||Trail Designs Ti-Tri Stove & 1.3 L Evernew UL Ti Pot||No change||248||8.7||0.5||248||8.7||0.5||0||0.0||0.0|
|18||Kitchen||GSI Plastic bowl||Ziploc plastic bowl||45||1.6||0.1||26||0.9||0.1||19||0.7||0.0|
|19||Kitchen||Titanium Sierra cup/measuring cup||No change||43||1.5||0.1||43||1.5||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|20||Kitchen||12 fl oz (355 ml) alcohol bottle||No change||39||1.4||0.1||39||1.4||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|21||Kitchen||Sea to Summit Aluminum spoon||No change||9||0.3||0.0||9||0.3||0.0||0||0.0||0.0|
|22||Misc||AMK Optimist First Aid Kit (FAK) + 1 x roller gauze||No change||244||8.6||0.5||244||8.6||0.5||0||0.0||0.0|
|23||Misc||Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)||No change||196||6.9||0.4||196||6.9||0.4||0||0.0||0.0|
|24||Misc||External battery with mini cable||No change||170||6.0||0.4||170||6.0||0.4||0||0.0||0.0|
|25||Misc||Potty kit (TP + hand sanitizer)||No change||136||4.8||0.3||136||4.8||0.3||0||0.0||0.0|
|26||Misc||Map (topographic) and Isuka roll-up map case||Deleted||111||3.9||0.2||0||0.0||0.0||111||3.9||0.2|
|27||Misc||Glasses (distance only; Fresnel lens for reading)||No change||109||3.8||0.2||109||3.8||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|28||Misc||Misc Ziploc (chapstick, meds, matches, sewing kit, crazy glue, duct tape, tenacious tape)||No change||105||3.7||0.2||105||3.7||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|29||Misc||BP Bag (Cordage, Liquid soap, Thermarest patch kit, ear plugs)||No change||100||3.5||0.2||100||3.5||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|30||Misc||Spare phone batteries (2)||Deleted||76||2.7||0.2||0||0.0||0.0||76||2.7||0.2|
|31||Misc||Pouch (sunscreen, fire steel, tripod) Tripod weight, see below||No change||74||2.6||0.2||74||2.6||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|32||Misc||Mammut S-Flex headlamp||No change||49||1.7||0.1||49||1.7||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|33||Misc||Snow/sand stake (used as trowel and as tent stake)||No change||35||1.2||0.1||35||1.2||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|34||Misc||Dental Hygiene Kit (brush, paste, and floss)||No change||30||1.1||0.1||30||1.1||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|35||Misc||Mammut S-Flex headlamp case||No change||28||1.0||0.1||28||1.0||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|36||Misc||Spare camera battery||Deleted||27||1.0||0.1||0||0.0||0.0||27||1.0||0.1|
|37||Misc||Wilderness Permit in plastic Ziploc||No change||18||0.6||0.0||18||0.6||0.0||0||0.0||0.0|
|38||Misc||Spare Ziploc bag||No change||9||0.3||0.0||9||0.3||0.0||0||0.0||0.0|
|39||Misc||Trash bag||No change||9||0.3||0.0||9||0.3||0.0||0||0.0||0.0|
|40||Pack||Gossamer Gear Mariposa, Large||Cut off excess straps||884||31.2||1.9||863||30.4||1.9||21||0.7||0.0|
|41||Pack||Nylofume bag (as water proof liner)||No change||30||1.1||0.1||30||1.1||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|42||Photo||Camera with 1 battery||No change||250||8.8||0.6||250||8.8||0.6||0||0.0||0.0|
|43||Photo||Camera case||No change||84||3.0||0.2||84||3.0||0.2||0||0.0||0.0|
|44||Photo||Mini tripod||No change||45||1.6||0.1||45||1.6||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
|45||Shelter||Stratospire I tarp tent with bug net inner (used for 2 ppl)||Gatewood Cape (no bug netting)||1000||35.3||2.2||482||17.0||1.1||518||18.3||1.1|
|46||Shelter||Tyvek ground sheet||No change||130||4.6||0.3||130||4.6||0.3||0||0.0||0.0|
|47||Shelter||8 x "V" Al stakes (could save 1.5 oz with Ti stakes)||Stakes now incl. with Gatewood||100||3.5||0.2||0||0.0||0.0||100||3.5||0.2|
|48||Sleep||Western Mountaineering Summerlite 6'0" sleeping bag||No change||580||20.5||1.3||580||20.5||1.3||0||0.0||0.0|
|49||Sleep||NeoAir X-Lite 3/4 pad & stuff sack||No change||240||8.5||0.5||240||8.5||0.5||0||0.0||0.0|
|50||Sleep||Dry bag, 10L (holds both sleeping bag and down hoodie)||Silnylon stuff sack + Ziploc bag||77||2.7||0.2||30||1.1||0.1||47||1.7||0.1|
|51||Sleep||NeoAir Pillow & stuff sack||No change||60||2.1||0.1||60||2.1||0.1||0||0.0||0.0|
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