So I thought I did everything that I could to reduce pack weight and get my pack under or right at 40lbs. But after packing, I am already over that weight.
Let me run you thru real quick what I have calculated out and if you could help me, that would be great.
Gregory Z55 Pack = 3 lbs 5 oz.
Big Agnes UL 1 = 2 lbs 7oz. (foot print included)
Go Lite Adrenaline 3-season Mummy = 2lbs 2oz.
MSR mini works filter = 1lb
MSR International Whisperlite and Q1 Pot Set = 1lb 5oz.
("Base weight" of above approx = 10lbs. 3oz.)
Max. Water Carrying = ~8lbs.
Max. Food Carrying = ~14lbs. (which gives me 2lbs/day for max 7days between supplies)
Clothes = 9 lbs 8oz.
Camp shoes - Nike Livestrong running shoes
2 pr. hiking socks, 2pr. liners
2 prs underwear
2 hiking shirt
1 sleep set. long underwear top and bottom
1 hat, 1 gloves
1 convertible pants
1 hiking short
1 mesh gym short
1 long sleeve shirt (use in town or on chilly days so I dont have to use sleeping gear).
AND THATS IT! (besides Misc items)
Toiletries, maps, first aid, stove fuel, pack cover, etc, etc, etc.
Here is where I need some help..
What is listed above (not Misc items) already weigh in at 42lbs! Yuck!
This leaves me no room for any luxury items.. Didnt even put in that 2-3lb nice camera I want to take, etc.
Where am I going wrong??
Am I giving myself too much water or food to carry?
It was my understanding that 2lbs/day was a good figure.
I havent planned logistics yet, and I know every resupply wont be the max 7-10 days. But will be close to that.
I do realize I could probably cut out my long sleeve town shirt, and the clothes that I mentioned above is the ONLY clothes I am taking, so I will have a set on me (minus rainjacket and 3rd pair of hiking and liner socks which werent mentioned)
But one set of clothes or that shirt or pair of gym shorts mentioned above really wont take that much weight off me.
Any help would be appreciated.. Any $.02 would be swell.
I am stressing over this because I am putting the extra money towards buying nice gear with weight in mind.. Kinda frustrating to spend hundreds, and still be over 40lbs base.
And some final notes:
6' 0" 166lbs.
So carrying a fourth of my weight on my back is tough, hence why I am aiming lower.
And I also mention this because some people obsess over pack weight when they can lose 30lbs off their body and be better off, but that isnt really an option for me..
Thanks a lot, and sorry for another one of these posts..
I know there are a lot of them out there.