Richard Bucker

UL and SUL is bullshit...

Posted at — May 18, 2018

unless you have stupid amounts of money to spend on the absolute lightest gear. I see hikers like Neemor, Darwin, Homemade Wonderlust with their 36L packs(Neemor - Kumo) and their ZPacks Duo which is about the size of a rugby ball and a sleeping bag that’s about the same size again.My pack, including 2 meals and 2.7L water weighed in at 20 pounds. When I took out the water and food it weighed 12 pounds.CompassHeadlampExtra batteries (button batteries)first aid kitlightertinderfero rodfoodwatertarpfootprintbivyblanket or sleeping bagSleeping padpillow OPTIONALtent poles OPTIONALextra cordagestakes (12x)pot, stove, fuelknifespoontrekking poles (not included in the weight)whistlewater filter, cnoc 2L bagponcho tarpextra socks, underweartoilet papercamp soaphand sanitizerquick dry towelinsect repellent MANDATORYphone, extra battery, cable (not included in the weight)candle lanterntrowel (use a stick)pack with sitpadtaking some Sriracha along with me for my Ramen-BombMy pack; a Gossamer Gear Kumo 36L, says this about itself: “25 lb. maximum carry capacity, but 20 lbs. is better. “There are a few things to consider here…I could drop the bivy but it only weights a few oz.I could replace the blanket (SnugPak) with a XL microtowel or given that the temp will be 72F tonight who cares. The blanket/sleeping bag weighs 2 pounds. It’s important to note that a 30F down sleeping bags weighs nearly 3 pounds. Which means it’s a wash.I could drop the polycryo foorprint but it packs small and weights nothingThe pillow is definitely a luxury item and the tent poles would substitute for the trekking poles.The Gossamer Gear pad weighs 1/3rd of a pound and the Klymit inflatable weights 2/3rds.With the bivy I could drop the tarp and use the poncho tarp instead… and add an emergency raincoat instead.My umbrella weighs half a pound and that will definitely be left behind. It’s better for creating shade in the heat and that’s not necessary right now.To be continued…