We all are looking for the ideal ultralight backpacking set up. When I saw this video of PCT Thru Hiker describing his 12.9 pound pack for the PCT trip in 2015, I thought is was worth sharing.
Makes you laugh when you read about Cheryl Strayed, in her book, Wild, when she describes a pack that must have weighed 80 plus pounds. I met her at book signing, but didn’t get a chance to ask her what the hell she was thinking. Supposedly, she went to REI and got outfitted. Yes, I know that not everyone at REI has a clue about backpacking, but I’ve met some really sharp, experienced backpackers.
In my previous post, I discussed the Sawyer Mini Water Filter, at 2 ounces, a real challenge to big clunky water filters.
I use a SteriPen Adventurer, an ultralight version that weighs around 4 ounces. Two long-lasting batteries are required.
Today, however, I saw a review by someone who does some serious trail testing: PCT Thru Hiker Red Beard. He took the Sawyer Mini on his 2014 thru-hike and felt that it clogged too much to make it useful on long hikes.
This year, he was planning to take the SteriPen Ultra, 4.9 ounces. The SteriPen Ultra has no batteries and is rechargeable. Let’s hear from him about his pre-hike thoughts on the Ultra.
I had read about the Sawyer Mini Water Filter a couple of years ago, but had never seen a demonstration. I love the SteriPen Adventurer (3.8 ounces without the batteries; about 6 oz with) and have used it on many trips. Of course, it uses batteries. Although it is extremely reliable, you may still want to have a backup (pills). The Sawyer, with no batteries, looks like an interesting alternative.