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The tent is 3lbs. The synthetic bag is all I have the budget for. Its 4lbs but bulky - 14" x 9". I might be able to upgrade in a year or two. The backpack weighs 3lbs empty. The pad 2.I am carrying a bit under 5# of camera gear - camera body, 2 lenses, tripod, spare batteries.Not sure if this affects the opinion of the pack weight but I'm a big dude, 6'2" 237 (down from 250 with all the training I'm doing) so the pack is roughly 10% of my body weight.
My apologies, I was a bit hurried on the cell phone with my response. I agree with HMOD about if 25# includes camera gear then not a bad start. Your real problem with bulk is the sleeping bag and I totally understand not wanting to buy a new one right off as it is the most expensive piece of gear. Yes it is a process that your kit evolves over time. I think my first OML my pack must have weighed 60 pounds with books and lots of other stuff. The other thing I find most people do is carry too many extra clothes and usually too much food, lots of folks come off the trail with lots of food left over, they start out thinking they will be extra hungry and then many people actually have a hard time eating a lot. With clothes it is either thinking they will be cold so pack extra layers they really don't use or that they need lots of spare clean clothes. Maybe an extra pair of socks, maybe maybe an extra pair of underwear. Some folks will carry a very thin set of long johns to sleep in to keep the sleeping bag cleaner. I just sleep in my clothes if cold.All good suggestions above on packing, definitely the heaviest stuff, which is usually food and water, near your center of gravity, against your back and middle of the pack on top of the sleeping bag. Yes on thinking about thorns and punctures, never put an inflatable pad on the outside or a soft sided water bottle. You will have a great time and then start refining your kit, it is an obsession but a good one. Hookim is correct about a pack that fits you well and allows you carry the weight, or most of it, on your hips. 70L should be big enough for about anything.
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