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 3Day pack weight 
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 3Day pack weight
How much do you think a 3Day pack should weigh fully loaded(solo hiker); tent, sleeping bag, 2lt bladder, poles, food, clothing, stove, etc....? Mine is about 34lbs. I've always had a problem with over-packing.

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Fri May 21, 2010 11:30 pm
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I wish mine was that light so it sounds pretty good to me. Mine's usually in the 40 lb range, 50 in the winter. Of course that includes liquid so maybe it's in the same range. Not exactly ultra-light stuff I have. Then when we go with out 2 year old the kid-carrying bag weighs 45 lbs or so too. I almost never get off the hook easily these days. When I do go with just a daypack it feels like nothing at all.


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34 doesnt sound too bad; mine's under 30 ....OTOH, my BMI is rather shabby and more than makes up for my light pack :oops:

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Sounds right to me. I wish mine was that light! I try and try to lighten up, but there are just some things I don't want to leave behind. Especially on a multi day trip. I split the tent with Russ. I carry the poles and the fly. He carries the tent and the ground cloth for it. Then we split up cookware. He carries the stove (Jetboil) and I carry the fry pan that goes along with it. We each have our own collapsable plates that we carry http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3662440. Oh! and there's these cool camp chairs that we carry! http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3664474. Yeah, we're definitely not ultra light backpackers. We're more about comfort.

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I haven't done much backpacking but one time when I did, I weighed my pack, and it was right around that weight I think - maybe a little heavier. I'd rather end up overpacking a little bit than find I need something that I didn't bring.

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3 full days?! You've got food for 3 meals plus snacks for 3 full days and your pack only weighs 34 lbs?

Actually, that's about what mine weighed on the bonds trip, but no tent. That was a late summer trip so no snow gear.

That's a good weight, assuming you weigh more than 110 lbs. :wink:

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Just got off the scale and 9day pack with no water was 30.1 pounds, that is with food and my half of the fuel for the stove. I carry the water filter brother get to carry the stove and half the fuel. the only things we share are the filter and stove. Remember there is no correct pack wieght every person is diffrent. Most of the time without snow I sleep fine in a 60 deg bag that is only 24oz. but some people would freeze, with snow I'm nice in the 20 deg bag down to below -10. but I have to have my water when hiking so I end up carring a lot or stopping and making water a couple times each day. Find what works for you and if you carry something for 3 or 4 trips and never use it figure out how bad it would be if you needed it and leave it at home if you can live with that. 22.3 pounds with no food and that would not change for anything overnight be it 2 days or 20.


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not counting food and clothes my pack this past weekend was 30-31 pounds based on what the gear literature says it is supposed to weigh. My guess is food and clothing would have added another 5 lbs or so (had more than enough of both). Should have weighed in on the scales when it was fully packed to be certain.

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I too have been known to overpack a bit, so I've been trying to get better at lightening up my load. Right now, my pack (Osprey Aether 60) is about ready to go at 22 pounds before water, camera gear and dog food.

I really want to swap out my Bean Microlight 2 tent with my byer Moskito Hammock but I need to figure out the dog/hammock dilemma first. That would probably shed about 5 pounds right there.


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Pack weight sounds good for a 3 day trip. Unless you start getting into the "ultra light" equipment and style of hiking, I don't expect that you will get a multi day pack weight under 30 lbs.

I have acquired several of the big ticket items for “ultra light” backpacking and still run a 1st day pack weight of around 34 – 36 lbs.

My next ultra light investment...(a few years down the road)...will be a Golight backpack, but otherwise I am content with my pack weight.

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Mine is only about twenty two pounds, yet I am only ninety. You should carry about fifteen to twenty percent of your weight on your back.


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ktmc26 wrote:
Mine is only about twenty two pounds, yet I am only ninety. You should carry about fifteen to twenty percent of your weight on your back.


Jeez, I'd have to add 20 more pounds of stuff :(
I think this is a rule I'm going to ignore ;)

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 Pack Weight - 2 week AT Trip
I'm packing for a 2 week trip on the AT down south. With resupplies every 3-4 days, I doubt that my pack weight including food and fuel and water will exceed 20 lbs.

The benefits of cutting down the weight of your pack are huge: it sure is a lot easier to hike with and a heck of a lot more comfortable.

Getting started it easy - replace your tent with a tarp, get a down sleeping bag, a sheet of tyvek as a ground cloth, and and a <2 lb backpack and you'll probably cut close to 8-10 lbs off your pack in one go.


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Get rid of the spare shoes for one. Don't weight the poles either because you carry them on your person, like boots.

Pack the tent inside your pack and discard the tent bag. Also discard the exterior packaging on your other items, like food, zippered first-aid kits, etc...

You can shed a lot of weight by getting rid of packaging.

Your tent is free-standing - so you probably don't need the stakes and guy-lines that are probably in your tent bag, expecially if you'll be on a platform in the Whites.

Your pack has that top cover, which is extra weight unless you absolutley need that space.

Yiou should easily be in the 25-27lb range without expensive gear, especially considering you're already packing a sub-two pound sleeping bag.

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scooter wrote:
ktmc26 wrote:
Mine is only about twenty two pounds, yet I am only ninety. You should carry about fifteen to twenty percent of your weight on your back.


Jeez, I'd have to add 20 more pounds of stuff :(
I think this is a rule I'm going to ignore ;)


Yea I would be in trouble following this rule of thumb also,


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