Two boing marks, three happy marks.
From this book HERE.
very simple spreadsheet
Plug in these numbers:
a) clothing worn sub-total
b) all non-consumable sub-totals by category
Get these numbers:
2) Pack Weight
3) Skin-Out Weight
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The first and most important step to lightening your load is purchasing a scale. When I told Clelland that I use my bathroom scale to weigh the entire pack, I got a scolding.
“Go get a scale — or the next time you call, I won’t even answer the phone,” he said, presumably joking. “I’m serious.”
So I bought a $19 scale and started weighing everything in my pack.
How to get this cool book:
It's available thru the creepy corporate giant mail-order book seller named after a river in Brazil (linked HERE).
But, it's a whole lot more groovy to walk into you local bookstore with the title and this simple code: ISBN-10: 0762763841.
Just get it. Worth every penny.
I wanted to get back into backpacking again but a low back problem was keeping from carrying the weight of my old gear. The information in this book (and Ladigan's book "Lighten Up!") changed my mindset about gear and pack weight entirely.
My friend still carries about 45 lbs of gear for our weekend trips. When he lifted my pack during our last trip he said, "You've gotta be kiddin me!" I just smiled and told him to get the books.
Right on for you! You're reflecting back to me EXACTLY my goal when I wrote this little book. Huge thanks!
I went into the project thinking it was going to be a technical instructional on how to make your own gear, and modify existing gear (all that's in there). But, there really isn't that much gear to play with once you get right down to it. As I immersed myself in the writing process, the book morphed into something a lot more spiritual. Modifying the gear is easy, modifying the MIND-SET is challenging!
PLEASE - send me a few pictures - I wanna add this wonderful email to my blog!
peace from Idaho,