Tuesday, March 29, 2011

spread sheets

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The above list is everything inside the backpack (or gear carried) that makes up the BASE-WEIGHT. This excludes the food and fuel, see the spread-sheet below devoted to the CONSUMABLES. Not that the total BASE-WEIGHT comes in at exactly 8 pounds.
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This list is the GEAR WORN, and that means items NOT in the backpack. This list is somewhat arbitrary because on a really hot day I might wear a little less (thus slightly more on my back), but this would be the core of my hiking ensembal.

I might have an item or two in my pockets, but that's not factored in on this list, though some UL hikers will make good use of their pockets as a way to cheat - er, I mean - as a way to lower their overall pack weight.
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The above set of spread sheets is to show that consumables are really tho only thing that will impact a hiker's overall PACK-WEIGHT because the core of their gear carried is pretty much the same for an overnight or a 10 day expedition.
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3 comments:

Allison "Goose" Wildman said...

Nice! Thanks for posting. But one question: if bear spray is an essential item, why not include the weight?

Mike Clelland! said...

Reply to Ms. Goose

I don't add the bear-spray to the final pack weight because not all areas require the stuff. Most places won't need it.

And - The weight turned out to 8 pounds EXACTLY without it, and that was just TOO tidy.

Overall with bear-spray would be 8 pounds and 13.2 oz, and that's still UL cuz it's under 10 pounds!

M!

JerryW said...

"The above set of spread sheets is to show that consumables are really tho only thing that will impact a hiker's overall PACK-WEIGHT because the core of their gear carried is pretty much the same for an overnight or a 10 day expedition."

Thank you for stating this! So many people ask "what gear do I need for [fill in the blank] trip?" Chances are, once you make it to lightweight status, your gear isn't going to change much from trip to trip. Just add more or less consumables to your standard gear list.

Jerry