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*To*: AT Mailing List <at-l@inc.net>*Subject*: Help me pack for my first longish solo trip*From*: Jim Mayer <mayer@wrc.xerox.com>*Date*: Wed, 18 Sep 1996 21:53:41 PDT

Hi all, I'm going on my first longish solo trip at the end of this month. I'll be hiking the Susquehannock Trail, an 85 mile loop trail in northern Pensylvania (maybe I'll run into Jim Owen!). Anyway, in a fit of anal retentiveness I weighed EVERYTHING I might even consider bringing and put it all in a spreadsheet. I then picked out a subset of the items and let the spreadsheet add things up for me. The answer, of course, was: "too much". My total weight (including walking stick, clothes on my back, etc.) was 64 lbs, and my pack weight was 62 lbs. I'd really like to get my pack weight down to 55 lbs, but I don't see any way to get there! Here are some of my assumptions: Hiking time: 7-10 days I don't think it will take me 10 days, but I don't want rush and I want to leave myself the option of sitting out a heavy rainstorm. Food allowance: 2 lbs/day => 20 lbs total General plan for each day: I hope to get up early, put in my miles, and take some time to write before it gets dark. Silliest item: I'm trying out contact lenses (daily wear) for the first time since 1977. As a result, I'll be bringing three pairs of glasses with me (prescription, prescription sunglasses, sunglasses) as well as the juice for the contacts. Runner up silliest item: Bright red suspenders. I need them to hold up my rain pants, which have no belt and end up "way down south" if I wear them with a pack. Questionable item I don't want to give up: I really want to bring my little 10oz thermarest chair kit. I have very little padding on the bottom. I also have a little ensolite sit pad that I use for breaks, at the enterance to my tent if it's raining, and under my feet at night. What comes next is the spreadsheet data. The first column is the weight of the item in ounces. The next is a "y" if the item made my first cut, and blank otherwise. The third and fourth items hold the weight of selected items in pounds and ounces. The last column is a description. The rows are broken into categories: Clothing Shelter/Bedding 10 Essentials Hygiene Repair & Emergency Miscellaneous Food & Pack Stuff being worn or carried And, finally, at the end are a summary of the total weight (including the stuff I plan to be wearing most of the time) and the pack weight. Here is the data: Selected Pounds Ounces Clothing 6 y 6 Suspenders 13 y 13 3 pair Thorlo Trecking socks 6 y 6 3 pair liner socks 12 y 12 midweight long underwear top 9 y 9 midweight long underwear bottom 7 lightweight long underwear top 6 lightweight long underwear bottom 10 wind pants 9 supplex pants 2 belt 23 y 1 7 rain parka 14 y 14 rain pants 1 y 1 two bandannas 2 liner gloves 3 y 3 fleece gloves (windbloc) 2 y 2 neck gaiter 1 y 1 light weight balaclava 3 y 3 midweight fleece balaclava 1 fleece headband 5 OR "hat for all seasons" + pile liner 5 short gainters (OR) 10 y 10 long gaiters (OR Crocodiles) 26 y 1 10 Tevas + fleece socks 16 y 1 0 midweight fleece pullover 14 midweight fleece bottom 15 synthetic fill vest 9 1 Subtotal Selected Pounds Ounces Shelter/Bedding 80 y 5 0 Tent (stakes, poles, rope, etc.) 26 y 1 10 3/4 length thermarest 57 y 3 9 down 20 degree bag, stuff sack, plastic bag 10 3 Subtotal Selected Pounds Ounces 10 Essentials 4 y 4 Maps, guide book 2 y 2 Compass 72 y 4 8 two water bottles (32 oz, filled) 16 y 1 0 headlamp & pen light 2 y 2 single blade knife & kleenex 1 y 1 whistle, "dog tag", little knife 25 y 1 9 first aid kit 7 10 Subtotal Selected Pounds Ounces Hygiene 2 y 2 Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss 2 y 2 soap 3 y 3 baby wipes 2 y 2 wash & dry things 2 y 2 foot powder 1 y 1 kleenex & "cat crap" anti-fog stuff 8 y 8 toilet paper & trowel 1 4 Subtotal Selected Pounds Ounces Repair & Emergency 1 y 1 Matches 2 y 2 Spare bags (garbage, ziplock) 0 y 0 spare spoon 2 y 2 fire kit (fire sticks, candle, matches) 6 y 6 spare batteries 1 y 1 iodine tablets 1 y 1 match safe (includes needles & thread) 1 y 1 cable ties, rubber bands, paper clips, safety pins 3 y 3 50' parachute cord 2 y 2 pole splices, screwdriver, pliers 3 y 3 thermarest kit, ripstop tape, stove kit 6 y 6 flares & smoke 0.5 y 1 surveyors tape 1 13 Subtotal Selected Pounds Ounces Miscellaneous 5 y 5 Sunglasses & spare glasses (3 pr) 5 y 5 Contact lens stuff 6 y 6 pack rain cover 10 y 10 thermarest chair kit 5 y 5 ensolite sitpad 1 y 1 pencil & notepad 4 y 4 writing paper & pen 8 y 8 binoculars & case 8 y 8 camera 2 y 2 film & spare battery for camera 3 y 3 spare stuff sack 7 y 7 lip balm/sunscreen/bug stuff 3 y 3 bear bag rope 2 y 2 carabiner 13 y 13 water filter 4 y 4 LED light (instead of candle lantern) 9 Candle lantern, spare candle & reflector 5 6 Subtotal Pounds Ounces Food & Pack 320 y 20 0 10 days worth 112 y 7 0 Pack 27 0 Subtotal Selected Pounds Ounces Stuff being worn or carried 5 y 5 coolmax T-shirt 6 y 6 shorts 1 y 1 watch 6 y 6 wide brimmed hat 14 y 14 hiking staff 2 0 Subtotal 62 5 Total pack weight 64 5 Total load Thank you! -- Jim Mayer

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