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Galkim
02-13-2013, 16:20
Hey !
planning a 40-day section hike this June-July from Northern Conneticut through NH (dont know how far i'll go)
What do you think that a reasonable weight to carry around with me should be?
i want to start training with the same weight from now on...

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tds1195
02-13-2013, 16:37
This is totally up to you. What are you comfortable with? I usually shoot for 20-25lbs on any trip over a week. It's still fairly heavy but it's definitely manageable and doesn't kill me like 30-40lbs might. If you can do it in less than 20lbs, do it. Whatever the lightest weight you can comfortably go is is best.

hikerboy57
02-13-2013, 16:54
Im usually between 25-30# with5 days food.

JAK
02-13-2013, 16:56
40 Days without resupply ? That's like, Biblical. I like it.
I would go with 40 pounds of food, plus minimal clothing and gear, and see how far you can get.
You may have to slow down if consuming more than 1 pound of food per day or losing too much weight.

Miner
02-13-2013, 17:04
It all depends on the type of gear you'd feel compfortable with and how much you want to spend on it. In general, my total weight for a 5-6 section is never more then the mid 20's which includes water and food; baseweight is down near 10 10bs. That said, many hikers go much heavier. I think for most fit people, keeping the total weight to something under mid 30's is reasonable though you won't make the same kind of miles as someone with a much lighter pack. On the AT, you shouldn't need to go more then 5 or 6 days to resupply, and often less, unless you really want to.

MuddyWaters
02-13-2013, 17:22
As low as you can get it and be comfortable and safe.
Some carry 50
Some carry 15
Whats right for you depends on your gear, your experiences, your tolerance for misery, and your wallet.

I hardly ever exceed 25 max, more likely 22-23 is my max.
I prefer to be under 20 at all times.
Its just easier, more comfortable, more enjoyable.

treesloth
02-13-2013, 17:40
40 Days without resupply ? That's like, Biblical. I like it.
I would go with 40 pounds of food, plus minimal clothing and gear, and see how far you can get.
You may have to slow down if consuming more than 1 pound of food per day or losing too much weight.

Where did he say that he's not planning on resupply? Kind of silly to assume that someone will carry 40 days worth of food, no?

colorado_rob
02-13-2013, 17:48
As low as you can get it and be comfortable and safe.

I hardly ever exceed 25 max, more likely 22-23 is my max.
I prefer to be under 20 at all times.
Its just easier, more comfortable, more enjoyable. Talking fully loaded pack incl. food and 1 liter of water, I sure like this 20-25 pound range as well... nearly effortless 20 and below, barely a burden below 25, starts really getting noticeable above 30, 40+, fugedaboudit, call yourself a pack-mule.

tds1195
02-13-2013, 20:47
Talking fully loaded pack incl. food and 1 liter of water, I sure like this 20-25 pound range as well... nearly effortless 20 and below, barely a burden below 25, starts really getting noticeable above 30, 40+, fugedaboudit, call yourself a pack-mule.

Yup. Definitely the best, but I still tend to go out with closer to 30-35lbs most of the time. I really don't mind extra weight...but most do.

Rasty
02-13-2013, 20:57
Yup. Definitely the best, but I still tend to go out with closer to 30-35lbs most of the time. I really don't mind extra weight...but most do.

Your also 23 and built like a Russian Moose! :)

shelb
02-14-2013, 02:10
Talking fully loaded pack incl. food and 1 liter of water, I sure like this 20-25 pound range as well... nearly effortless 20 and below, barely a burden below 25, starts really getting noticeable above 30, 40+, fugedaboudit, call yourself a pack-mule.

Agreed! If you are i the 30-40 range, you are either (1) too clingy to certain personal things, (2) not knowledgeable about how to pack light (check out other gear lists), or (2)are not knowledgeable about packing food/water and/or the resupply availability.

JAK
02-14-2013, 02:12
Where did he say that he's not planning on resupply? Kind of silly to assume that someone will carry 40 days worth of food, no?Very silly, but fun to consider, no?

treesloth
02-14-2013, 13:53
Very silly, but fun to consider, no?

Perhaps you've been on this site way too long. ;-)

QiWiz
02-14-2013, 13:55
Assuming we are not counting food weight, I would train with 15 to 25 pounds, (depending on how light a packer you are) plus the weight of food for your longest stretch without resupply. In my case, that would be 1.5 pounds/day, but I have fat weight to lose. If I was lean, I would carry 2 pounds of food per day.

tds1195
02-14-2013, 14:21
Your also 23 and built like a Russian Moose! :)

That is literally the first time I've even been compared to a Russian Moose. I'm honored.
19681

Dogwood
02-14-2013, 14:45
Uh, 35 lbs.

RockDoc
02-14-2013, 15:54
On that part of the trail you can resupply every 2-3 days. I would say 25 lbs max for those warm months. That would drop below 20 as the food is reduced, and often there's no need to carry a lot of water.

Darwin13
02-14-2013, 16:58
have your base weight around 15 or even less so that with 5 days of food at 2 lbs a day (a lot, but its what i bring, you might bring less) will have you around 25 lbs. a very good weight and much nicer than 30 -40 lbs