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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Default How many lbs do you average on a day hike?

Say alpine, no scrambling (well, nothing major), this time of year?

Just weighed my pack (3 lbs?).. 25 lbs.

2L of water, camera, GPS, snowshoes + case, shell, midlayer, food, FA kit, lobster mitts, balaclava, steripen, climbing gloves, sunglasses + case, siltarp, paracord, headlamp, firestarter, bear spray, knife, extra socks..

I know I could be more ruthless, but..

How much do you end up with, and what do you bring?

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For up where you are, that's a pretty good list and there've been other threads on this, so I'll just throw in a few cents...

- I strap snowshoes to the outside of my pack so no need for a case
- Is the sunglasses case a hard one or a thin fabric kind?
- Since you've got the Steripen, can you make do without the extra litre of water which, with the bottle, will weigh around 2 1/2 lbs.
- Are the extra socks a necessity, or a luxury for you?

I'm not an ultra lighter yet so stuff like the sunglasses case wouldn't really bother me but it all subtracts. Our lists are pretty similar except map and compass here, whistle, extra headlamp batteries, other stuff in the 'essentials' list, thick and thin toque, etc.

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I would strap my snowshoes to the outside, but they always seem to find a way to swing around to the side and bug me.. I leave them in the case so they don't catch on stuff when I'm pulling them out.

Sunglass case is a hard one.. Too easy to smoosh them, I figure..

Steripen, depends how long we're up there, or how bad I'm huffing.. I was short last time I went up Mt. Murrey, especially with my dog..

Extra socks, I like to switch out on the decent, so I don't get blisters..

And I should have mentioned extra batteries, whistle. Also toilet paper, trowel, hand sanitizer.

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My first thought was extra batteries and flashlight. I see you added the comment about extra batteries.

But I'm a big fan of having an extra flashlight. Bulbs die out randomly and there's also always the chance you might lose the one you have accidentally. I like the small ones that can be powered by winding even when the batteries are dead.

Other things that tend to add weight for me...keys, cell phone....often times water weight can be reduced if there are rivers or creeks you know about.

An extra pound or 2 or 3 isn't a big deal to me. I just see it as more of a workout and good training for multi-day trips.
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Say alpine, no scrambling (well, nothing major), this time of year?

Just weighed my pack (3 lbs?).. 25 lbs.

2L of water, camera, <s>GPS</s>, snowshoes <s>+ case</s>, shell, <s>midlayer</s>, food, FA kit, <s>lobster mitts, balaclava, steripen, extra socks, </s>climbing gloves, sunglasses <s>+ case</s>, <s>siltarp, paracord,</s> headlamp, <s>firestarter, bear spray,</s> knife, <s>extra socks..</s>

I know I could be more ruthless, but..

How much do you end up with, and what do you bring?
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What's so heavy? Is it the snowshoes? My pack for a winter camping trip with food/fuel for four nights/five days including a -40C sleeping bag, pad, and so on was 28lbs at the trailhead. But, that didn't include my skis...
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I'm pretty much the same as Dru, except that I will usually carry some sort of insulating jacket.
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The lows up in Mackenzie are still pretty cool, especially in the alpine so a midlayer of some sort is definitely justified, especially as an overnight precaution.
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For day hikes without snowshoes and above 0 temperatures I am roughly 10lbs

Pack 12oz
2L water plus food = 5lbs
Hardshell - 7oz
Insulation layer 7 ozs.
Mitts, touque - 6 oz
First Aid Kit 8oz
Emerg kit (inlcudes whistle, compass, fire starting et) 4 oz
blizzard bag 13oz
Bear Spray 12oz
Headlight 4oz

That is just over 10lbs.
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especially as an overnight precaution.
That's what the lighter is for.
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especially as an overnight precaution.
That's what the lighter is for.
... but is on your scratch list. A lighter is lighter, no argument there. There's a whole other thread in the making, but as a first aider, I tend to pack so I'll be comfortable (I know, it's selfish) looking after someone in need and I don't have time to make a fire. I still bring a lighter though.
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I thought the firestarter on his list was the white cubes of stuff. Lighter's in the first aid kit with knife.
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John: I never weighted my pack before, but 28lb does sound a bit too light. I assume you are talking about something like the six pass where you don't need axe, crampons, glacier gears and rope.

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Pack, plus 72 oz of liquid with lightweight plastic organizer, plus plush toy to make it look like I don't have a six pack in my pack.
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John: I never weighted my pack before, but 28lb does sound a bit too light. I assume you are talking about something like the six pass where you don't need axe, crampons, glacier gears and rope.

Yup my Six Pass pack weighed 28lbs at the trailhead. And you're right, no ropes, crampons, or climbing gear. However, my Mt. Columbia pack weighed 32lbs including axe, crampons, harness/rack, three nights of food/fuel, etc.

A big part of my weight savings comes from lack of clothing. On both trips the clothing in my pack consisted of my shell and my down coat. A pair of mitts and a pair of gloves, with one being worn and the other stored. That's it.
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