This post is a continuation of my Backpacking Gear List Series, focusing on ways to achieve the lightest possible pack, while maintaining some comfort and staying safe while hiking and camping on your backpacks.
A frequent reader of my blog and experienced lightweight backpacker Mike Kretzler of Olympia, Washington and publisher of PEREGRINATE at http://www.mkretzler.blogspot.com, was good enough to share his list of base gear. Like my base list # 2, his is between 9 and 10 pounds.
His tent and sleeping bag recommendations are particularly interesting.
Here’s his list (by the way, I tried to provide links to Montbell Diamond tent and Moonstone bag, but couldn’t locate on company websites; names may have changed):
•Pack: North Face Slipstream (3 lbs., 10 oz.) – no longer made, super-comfortable, but too heavy
•Tent: Montbell Diamond – https://www2.montbell.com/america/asp/products/Spg_shosai.asp?cat=1201&hinban=2322276 (3 lbs.)
•Bag: Moonstone (1 lb., 15 oz.)
•Pad: THERMAREST 3/4 PAD (1 lb., 2 oz.) -
Total: (9 lbs., 9 oz.)
Be safe. Be light. Be one with the pack.
P.S. – Mike lists this quote on his blog homepage (I like it):
But how the hell can a person; Go on to work in the morning; To come home in the evening; And have nothing to say (John Prine)