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I have a small battery powered digital kitchen scale that I use. Not sure what the max weight is but guess it to be 5-7 pounds. It's a little hard to measure large bulky objects but a good scale should allow you to put a larger platform on top (such as a big plate) and then reset scale to 0 to expand the footprint and provide stability. Also should be able to measure in grams and ounces as grams give you a more granular measure of the weight.I'd definitely look to replace the tent and bag when you can. That's a ton of weight to be carrying. The scale will give you visibility to small items that seem inconsequential but can add up to a lot of weight.
Ditch the tent entirely. A tarp is plenty and you probably won't even need that. I haven't carried a tent on a desert hike in well over 12 years.+2 on the kitchen scale for small things.
Quote from: catz on August 19, 2019, 01:43:39 PMDitch the tent entirely. A tarp is plenty and you probably won't even need that. I haven't carried a tent on a desert hike in well over 12 years.+2 on the kitchen scale for small things.Have you not been rained on?!? (Iím starting to think maybe itís me. I always seem to get rain in the desert.)
The 30lb pack weight includes the weight of your water and food right?My winter pack weight is around 13lbs, while my summer weight is around 10-11lbs. Im not a gram counter or ultra light backpacker by any means. That said, a few extra pounds can create a huge impact on one's enjoyment and joints. In BIBE, I couldn't imagine carrying any more weight than listed above. Water is really heavy and essential out here.
Screw the scale thing. Put up your inventory list of ALL you plan to carry, and most of vultures can critique you with what you NEED, and what you should consider a LUXURY item. Every item in backpacking needs to go through the litmus test of need, or simply taking said item to make the trip easier. That way you can make the decision if you really want to carry it or not. But be fore warned, there are many hyper sensitive nerds out there who internalize the weight they carry when backpacking as if it is a reflection on their inner-self worth in this world we live in. They will look down their noses at others who don't care about an extra # or two as if they some how are better because others are too stupid and carry heavy. A 3 oz. difference in weight of a stove makes or breaks their backpacking experience. I buy lighter stuff, (for more money), but I don't search out the lightest stuff just for the sake of it being the lightest.Your best weight savings in the desert will ultimately come down to water management.It really is about suffering. Does the benefit of the suffering out-weigh the effort. For me, I experience a geometric proportional increase in enjoyment when compared to the suffering. And I will continue backpacking as long as that condition persists.
Gotcha. Here is some equipment that I purchased for lowering my own pack weight.-ULA Circuit- 2.3 lbs compared to my Gregory Baltoro 75 - 4.83lbs-Yama Gear 1P Cirriform Tarp - 12oz paired with MLD Bug Bivy 2 - 7oz compared to BA Copper Spur UV 2 -50oz-Removed my 15 oz Nemo Fillo pillow and used my heavyweight fleece jacket instead- Zpacks food bag -1.5oz compared to Urasack Minor - 5oz- Removed my 12oz Platypus Gravity Filter for Aquamira tabsNorth Face's Guide or Cats Meow 20 degree sleeping bag is a good choice. I prefer Enlightened Equipments Convert though, as the insulation is fully supportive, instead of just on the top and sides. It can be opened up as well, so that sweating doesn't occur during the early night temperatures. Thermarest Xtherm is a solid choice for reducing weight as well.BTW I buy 90% of my gear used on Backpackinglight.co m "gear swap". A lot of people use stuff once and then realize backpacking isn't their thing.
Thanks ElHombre. I had to read that a few times , especially that next to the last sentence, but I think I understand what you're saying.
I prefer Enlightened Equipments Convert though, as the insulation is fully supportive, instead of just on the top and sides. It can be opened up as well, so that sweating doesn't occur during the early night temperatures
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