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taxino8

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Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« on: 18:40:24, 27/11/18 »
Iíve only done a few overnighters over the years but intend to do a lot more next year and Iím curious as to what the average persons pack weight is.
Iím not talking Ultralight, just normal people going out for a night on the hills.
I went up Sprinkling Tarn with my son in July and mine weighed 35kg!
I know we took wine, steaks, potatoes, a good sized frying pan, frozen milk, too much water, a change of clothes, washing kit, the kitchen sink, etc and I know I could have travelled a lot lighter and Iím in the process of acquiring lighter equipment (the cheap sleeping bag I had weighed over 2kg) but is a target of 20kg too much?
Iím a fit and strong 60 year old.

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #1 on: 18:51:44, 27/11/18 »
 :o 35kg
Depending on how much camera gear I take my pack weighs around 13kg
That's including a couple of platypus bottles full of wine ;D
April's weighs slightly less,
We could have lighter gear but we like a bit of comfort, we even take chairs 8) 

As always it's a personal choicewhat you take, 20kg is still a bit heavy in my opinion, however, it depends on how far you want to carry it,
We like to do a good walk before we camp,.
You have to decide how light do I want my pack verses how miserable or comfortable you want to be
« Last Edit: 18:56:02, 27/11/18 by beefy »
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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #2 on: 19:04:30, 27/11/18 »
My pack weighs 8.5kg, without his 14 other cameras, tripods, drone etc  ;) beefys pack would weigh 11kg, that includes the weight of the chairs and wine  :)

35kg  :o Well done for getting up to Sprinkling Tarn carrying that  O0
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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #3 on: 20:15:04, 27/11/18 »
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I went up Sprinkling Tarn with my son in July and mine weighed 35kg!
:o Sheezuss, you mean with your son in it??!!.

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...but is a target of 20kg too much?
Iím a fit and strong 60 year old.
Erm, yes, even allowing for excessive luxuries.
My total weight (excluding water) in my Gear List table ranges from 8.2kg in summer to 11.2kg in midwinter (that reminds me, I must update it).
I'll never get this propensity to lug wine and beer up the mountains. On strenuous activity you need alcohol like you need the clap.
 

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #4 on: 20:17:19, 27/11/18 »
35kg!!  :o  When I go away for two weeks, carrying all my food and kit, I recon on a 22kg pack. For an overnighter somewhere between 5 and 8kg dependant on how cold it is.

taxino8

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #5 on: 20:29:24, 27/11/18 »
35kg!!  :o  When I go away for two weeks, carrying all my food and kit, I recon on a 22kg pack. For an overnighter somewhere between 5 and 8kg dependant on how cold it is.
Yeah it was a bit heavy, those kitchen sinks weigh a lot though! LOL.
The daft thing is mine was heavier than my 26 year old, rugby prop, sons.
I know we went over the top on that one, Iíve already bought a lighter tent, down bag, even lighter boots as my Asoloís weigh in at 1.1kg each and I have a list of other stuff Iím going to replace plus Iíve bought a Sawyer filter to save carrying water.
Not much I can do about the wine though.

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #6 on: 21:38:31, 27/11/18 »
Not much I can do about the wine though.

Wine is on our essential list  :)
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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #7 on: 21:59:00, 27/11/18 »
I don't drink much, but can't you get alcohol in concentrated form O0

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #8 on: 22:25:19, 27/11/18 »
~12kg, I bring whisky to limit the weight.

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #9 on: 23:05:47, 27/11/18 »
Never occured to me to weigh my pack.  Just put what I need in it and carry it.  What exactly is the point of knowing how heavy the darn thing is?.  I do weigh my self before and after most hikes.  I find it very useful for checking I am not dehydrated. 


And before any one suggests it.  No I am not about to pop the scales in my pack. ;)

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #10 on: 00:51:54, 28/11/18 »
..... we took wine, steaks, potatoes, a good sized frying pan, ....


Sooooooo.... where and when are you planning your next wild camp then?


.... just asking... for a friend ...   :D   ;D   ;)



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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #11 on: 08:03:11, 28/11/18 »
Mines about 8 or 9 before food and water.


I would have thought 35kg was SAS levels of pack weight!


Should easily be able.to halve it without much thought.


Have you considered moving onto cocaine instead of wine. At 1g it's a lightweighters dream ;-)

taxino8

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #12 on: 08:09:59, 28/11/18 »
Mines about 8 or 9 before food and water.


I would have thought 35kg was SAS levels of pack weight!


Should easily be able.to halve it without much thought.


Have you considered moving onto cocaine instead of wine. At 1g it's a lightweighters dream ;-)
Trust me it Iíll be lighter from now on.
I am Ex-Army but wonít claim to be one of those guys and my philosophy when in was avoid carrying anything if a Land Rover was available.


I wonít even comment on your last bit as I hate all of that kind of crap and will stick with a nice Bordeaux despite the weight.


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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #13 on: 08:16:06, 28/11/18 »
Trust me it Iíll be lighter from now on.
I am Ex-Army but wonít claim to be one of those guys and my philosophy when in was avoid carrying anything if a Land Rover was available.


I wonít even comment on your last bit as I hate all of that kind of crap and will stick with a nice Bordeaux despite the weight.


It was a joke. I wasn't actually suggesting you take drugs!


I tend to take a dose of rum with me.

taxino8

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Re: Now heavy is your pack for one night?
« Reply #14 on: 08:22:55, 28/11/18 »

It was a joke. I wasn't actually suggesting you take drugs!


I tend to take a dose of rum with me.
I gathered that, thanks.