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Challenge The Backpacker Editor: The Ultralight Report

Torrential rain and wind expose chinks in our author's ultralight armor, but don't dampen his enthusiasm for the pleasures of unencumbered trekking.

by: Jonathan Dorn

Jon's Gear List

Shelter Integral Designs Sil Poncho: 10 oz.
Groundcloth Tyvek sheet (2' x 8'): 6 oz.
Pack GVP G4: 12.5 oz.
Sleeping Bag Marmot Never Winter: 32 oz. (size long, 30°F down)
Stuff sacks (2) GoLite Pouch: 1.6 oz.
Pad Cascade Designs Z-Rest 3/4: 11.5 oz.
Stove SnowPeak Giga Power: 3 oz.
Fuel 1 butane/propane canister: 13.4 oz.
Cookware Snow Peak Mini Solo Cookset: 5 oz.
Headlamp Petzl Zipka: 3 oz.
Water treatment McNett AquaMira: 2 oz.
Camera 5 oz. disposable
Fleece hat GoLite Frost: 1.75 oz.
Gloves SealSkinz Waterproof Gloves: 3.5 oz.
Socks Smartwool Ultra Cushion Mini Crew: 1.75 oz.
Patagonia Capilene Liner Socks: 1.75 oz.
H2O Bladder Camelbak UnBottle: 7 oz.
Toothbrush and powder Generic toothbrush (cut in half) and EcoDent powder, 2 oz.
Utensil SnowPeak Titanium Spork: 0.6 oz.
Sunglasses Cebe Athlon: 1.5 oz.
7 lbs. 13 oz. (124.85 oz.)

Microfleece zip-T Sierra Designs Apex Zip Mock: 13 oz.
Long john bottoms Mountain Hardwear eXtend Tight: 8 oz.
Swim trunks Generic, 8 oz.
Fleece jacket Beyond Fleece B1 Jacket: 22.5 oz.
Synthetic fill vest Wild Things Primaloft Vest: 14.25 oz.
3 lbs. 15 oz. (62.75 oz.)

Four 4-oz. packets instant mashed potatoes, 16 oz.
10 oz. hot cocoa, 10 oz.

Five 3.5-oz. packets ramen noodle soup, 17.5 oz.

18 oz. shelled pistachios, 16 oz.
14 oz. dried apricots, 14 oz.

Four packets miso soup mix (2.5 oz. total), 2.5 oz.
Two 3-oz. packets vacuum-packed tuna, 6 oz.
3.66-oz. tin smoked mussels, 3.66 oz.
Two 4-oz. packets smoked salmon, 8 oz.
8-oz. packet stuffing mix, 8 oz.
5.9-oz. parmesan couscous, 5.9 oz.
5.6-oz. toasted pine nut couscous, 5.6 oz.
5.7-oz. mushroom risotto mix, 5.7 oz.
4 tea bags, 1 oz.

119.86 oz. = 7.49 lbs.

Total Pack Weight: 19 lbs., 3.6 oz. (307.6 oz.)

Rain hat Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero: 4.5 oz.
Long-sleeve synthetic shirt Mountain Hardwear Synergy Shirt: 6.75 oz.
Windshirt Polo RLX N2S Zip-T, 11.4 oz.
Long pants Patagonia Talus Pants: 10.5 oz.
Underwear Pearl Izumi X-Sensor Fitted Boxers: 1 oz.
Trail running shoes Hi-Tec Perpetua (size 13): 32 oz.
4 lbs. 2 oz. (66.15 oz.)

Total Trail Weight: 23 lbs., 5.6 oz.

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Jun 10, 2009

Ultralight backpacking is a skill that you must build up to. it is important that you do not jump in head first. You are stupid.

Jun 10, 2009

Ultralight backpacking is a skill that you must build up to. it is important that you do not jump in head first. You are stupid.


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