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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.)


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

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

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

Dinner
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.)


Trailwear
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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Brad
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.

Brad
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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