Backpacking thread

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  1. LVG

    LVG Your Friendly Neighborhood P&R Mod Contributor

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    Yes. I try to backpack when I can, but I find that the lack of water sources in Southern Nevada mean that I'm carrying a lot of weight on my back. And I just don't currently have the time to do a 6 hour drive someplace and then take 3-5 days backpacking (although, West Clear Creek is kinda close).

    We can discuss gear all day long, but the bottom line is that you require far less than you think you need, and I recommend that you check out ultralight backpacking tips.

    The gear can get expensive, but saving as much weight on your back as possible is worth it.

    FWIW, here's my general gear list: Gregory Baltoro 65L; Half Dome 2 Plus (b/c I'm long - and it's heavy - and I've been seriously considering either changing to a tarp or a hammock), mummy bag, Air Rail pad (side sleeper, and I'd like to eventually just go to a quilt), JetBoil Flash (although I've been thinking about changing); water filter, water bottle (and a roll-up Platty bottle); FAK; hat; clothes (just don't change, other than maybe have a set of socks and a bag baselayer); headlamp; external battery; groom kit; rain shell (usually just a jacket - if I need pants, I seriously consider going out at all); trekking poles.

    Best endurance builder - small day pack, load it 10-15 lbs, go dayhike.

    My 2 cents. YMMV.
     
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    One thing that I have found makes the end of the hike upbeat is to keep clean clothes (at least a shirt, different shoes/socks and a snack/drinks) in the car so when you get to your car you can unwind a bit.


    Also - a lightweight pair of flip-flops or water shoes for when you are at your overnight stop to give your feet a breather.
     
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    Good point. Trailhead clothes and lightweight camp shoes.
     
  4. Hollywood

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    Its funny that when I go camping I take WAY more then I need...because, well...I have a truck and all the room in the world. On the bikepacking trip I took almost nothing.

    What is a FAK?
     
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    Trailhead clothes are a good idea. I already have camp shoes on my list.
     
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    First Aid Kit

    Also...bring fire.
     
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    First aid kit. A very basic one. Band aids, wipes, moleskin, chafe cream, Tylenol and Advil, and a few other minor things to help you get off the trail and back to civilization if need be.

    Nothing is good! Nothing is light.
     
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    A bic and a reliable flint. Check for fire restrictions before heading out.
     
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    Not in the normal sense. We like to ruck a bit though. Basically urban backpacking with weighted packs. Learned about it through Ingress when we had a day of rucking and Ingressing. Great workout.

    https://www.goruck.com/rucking-101
     
  10. LVG

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    I have a complete gear list I use as a checklist before going out. If you want it, I'll shoot it over to you.
     
  11. Hollywood

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    Yes please.
     
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    Or just post it in a separate thread in this forum, @LVG - more might be interested :)
     
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    Done.
     
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    I'd recommend the regular Sawyer. Not much heavier than the mini and waaay faster.
     
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    My buddy and I researched the Arizona Trail a bit. I'd love to hike it, but due to the lack of water it takes a lot planning. Depending on the elevation changes 20 miles can be a long day!
     
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