On long stretches of the PCT, such as from Kennedy Meadows to Vermillion Valley Resort (191 miles, including a side trip up Mt. Whitney without resupply) I could barely lift my pack onto my shoulders. I would have to rest my pack on my thigh and and use my thigh as a lever so that I could pull the pack up to my back. – Brian – Sectionhiker
When we head out for a few days bushwalking we are careful with what weight we carry.
We are definitely not lightweight hikers but are always aware of keeping our pack weight as light as possible.
We generally fail and end up carrying around 20kg (44lbs)
I really think we can learn a few things from a new article at Sectionhiker - Brian’s Lightweight Backpacking Story
In the article Brian focuses on the “Big Three”
- Sleeping bag
It is a great read following the decision making process to get his total base pack weight down to 3.9kg (8lb 9oz)!
There is a comprehensive gear list and a lot of discussion in this interview format article by Philip from Sectionhiker.
Well worth a read if you want to reduce your pack weight (even by a little bit)
While we are here, if you want to read some very well researched articles and terrific information about hiking (particularly in the US, but soon on the TGO challenge in Scotland) – head over to Philip Werner’s site sectionhiker.
Philip Werner is a lightweight backpacker who started blogging about his experiences section hiking the Appalachian Trail in January, 2008. His trail name is Earlylite because he likes to break camp at sunrise. In 2008, he finished a 270 mile end-to-end hike of the Long Trail and discovered that he has a passion for writing about backpacking and related outdoor topics.
What is your normal base pack weight? (excluding food and water)
What things have you done, both large and small, to reduce your pack weight?
What is the heaviest pack you have carried? Why? Where?