Weighing In

Posted by Kirby Turner on August 21, 2012

I decided to weigh every item going with me on my end-to-end hike of the Long Trail. I’m unfortunately carrying about 5 pounds more than I was hoping, but I remind myself this is a month long hike, not a 3 to 5 day trip. I can do without some gear, such as the Solio charger, on shorter trips.

Here are the final weigh-in numbers:

  • Base pack weight: 24.45 pounds
  • Fuel: 1.62 pounds
  • Food: 11.44 pounds
  • Water: 5.71 pounds

Total pack weight: 43.22 pounds

For the more curious, I posted my gear list and food list on Google Docs.

What would I do differently if I could? Update some gear, specifically my backpack and sleeping bag. Updating these two items could shave off as much as 2 pounds from the base pack weight.

I could also go without the fitbit, Solio charger, iPhone, and cables, but I really want to track my steps, have a way to call someone if an emergency happens, and keep charged up while on the trail. Still, a little weight could be saved by leaving these items at home.

I could also leave the Long Trail Guide book behind, but it might prove useful while out on the trail.

Well, it is what it is, and a base pack weight of 24.45 isn’t too bad. It’s not great, but it will do. It is, after all, a month long hike.


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