View Full Version : Tent with trekking poles... count wait with as part of your base weight?

05-06-2012, 18:59
Just curious if people count their trekking poles as part of their base weight if their tent uses them for the poles.

05-06-2012, 19:00
And I realized afterwards, I typed "wait" instead of "weight" in the title.

05-06-2012, 19:03
If one always used trekking poles anyway.........no

That said, it's just semantics.

05-06-2012, 19:16
I see my base weight as being what's on my back, and particularly what a particular pack is capable of. I count my poles as being part of my "Skin Out" weight.

05-06-2012, 20:04
The only weight that matters to me is the difference between me naked and me with all of my gear (clothing/pack/poles...) ready to go.
I always find it really peculiar how many fuss over details.
If your big 4 are only 2 pounds all up, but your pack/clothing poles are 40 lbs , you are carrying 40lbs...

Sassafras Lass
05-06-2012, 20:16
I do a Total Weight - that includes absolutely everything - and then I do my Base Weight, which is only what's on my back.

For your purposes, I'd include your poles in your base weight if they are indeed required to use your tent.

05-06-2012, 20:26
It depends if I pack or use them.

Desert Reprobate
05-07-2012, 10:18
More importantly, if you are hiking with your dog, do you count the weight of the leash as part of your base weight

Buffalo Skipper
05-07-2012, 11:13
I have an Excel file I use as a to calculate weight. I have formulas which allow me to include weight of items in different cagtegories. The clothes I wear, my trekking poles and items I carry in my pockets are listed as "c" or carried weight. Anything in/on my pack is "p," or packed weight.

But I agree, it is semantics.

V Eight
05-07-2012, 12:14
If one always used trekking poles anyway.........no

That said, it's just semantics.

I agree.
I did set my Sub-lite (sil) up a couple of weeks ago with sticks I found.
I did that just to see how hard it would be to find the right sticks. I had to do a little whittling
on the top to get them to fit into the extensions on the top. Other than that, it only took about
10 minuets to find 2 sticks that would do the job. So to really answer the question, No I do not count
my trekking poles as part of my tents total weight, as they are optional.