Erik the Black’s Backpacking Gear List (2016)
I’ve made some changes to my backpacking gear for the 2016 hiking season. This year I decided to try some more comfortable, durable (and slightly heavier) gear. I’ve also added a few things which I used to consider optional, but which now almost always find their way into my pack.
I switched to a ULA Equipment OHM 2.0 Pack (big brother to the ULA CDT I’ve used for the last 5 years), got a new Nemo Tango Solo Quilt to replace my mummy bag and a new freestanding shelter: a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1.
My base weight is now 13.6 lbs. Fully loaded with five days of food (2 lbs per day), 2 liters of water and 4 ounces of fuel, my pack weighs about 28 lbs. This is a couple of pounds more than my previous setup. But, thanks to the ergonomics of the new pack, it doesn’t feel much different.
This gear list is for 3-season backpacking (daytime temps above 45° F, overnight temps above 30° F.) At the bottom of the page I’ve included a list of additional gear that I own and use for hiking in colder weather.
PACKING & CAMPING GEAR
Total Weight: 7.1 lbs
Total Cost: $1,032.00
Total Weight: 2.1 lbs
Total Cost: $380.00
COOKING & DRINKING GEAR
Total Weight: 1.5 lbs
Total Cost: $254.00
SURVIVAL & PERSONAL GEAR
Total Weight: 2.9 lbs
Total Cost: $627.00
CLOTHING WORN & GEAR CARRIED
Total Weight: 5.7 lbs
Total Cost: $518.00
WEIGHT & COST SUMMARY
My base pack weight (gear only) is 13.6 lbs. My full pack weight (gear + five days food, 2 liters water and 4 oz. fuel) is 28.2 lbs. My skin-out weight (gear, five days food, 2 liters water, 4 oz. fuel + clothing worn & gear carried) is 34 lbs. The total price (MSRP) of my 3-season backpacking gear is $2,811.00 (but you can usually pay less if you shop around online.)
COLD WEATHER GEAR
The gear listed above is for 3-season backpacking (daytime temps above 45° F, overnight temps above 30° F.) For hiking in colder weather, I replace (or combine) some of those items with additional gear to extend my temperature range comfortably into the single digits.
HOW I PACK MY BACKPACK
I’ve found that how you pack a backpack can affect comfort as much as what goes inside. I organize everything into stuff sacks and stack them horizontally inside the main pack compartment. This keeps the weight evenly distributed and close to my center of gravity.
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