Jess and I are about to embark on a trip on the JMT with a highschool friend of Jess'.
I reworked my gear several times in the last couple of days, trying to get the weight down. I sat and weighed everything going in my pack. Here's a spreadsheet of my gear and weights: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsHrPt9gwuHadEkwb3Y5X2ItWU9mR3pVZy1CZE1PZEE
Some interesting points of note: Jess is carrying the tarp for both of us, though I have the hiking poles (used as tarp poles) and groundcloth. We're both carrying stoves since Jess' friend isn't bringing one. I bought a rain-pancho and dropped my rain-coat, since I'm not really expecting much rain. It should be warm so I dropped my down vest, and silk bottoms. My quilt is warmer than needed so I also dropped my bivy in favor of a groundcloth. I'm also going to use a very thin sleepingpad.
In reality I've got more shelter than needed. I have a groundcloth, a poncho, and an emergency bivy. But I don't trust the poncho (it's quite fragile) so I don't want to use it as a groundcloth. I'm going a bit minimal on the warm clothing side, so I'm happy for some warmth backup with the emergency bivy. And of course, I need some rain-gear. Yeah, I'm a wuss, but I've been screwed by untested gear before.
My total weight is as heavy as it is, despite trying to drop weight, for several reasons
- Bear canister weighs 2.7 lbs, and because of it I need a heavier pack
- I wanted a fishing rod and tackle
- I have a woodstove
- my sleep-system is way overkill
- I want to record the trip, and want my smartphone to help with getting back
- I have a bit of extra gear because I don't trust some of it
All combined this brings what could easily be a 6-8 lb base-weight up to 14 lbs. I've got ~3 lbs I could scrape off easily given dropping a bit of gear I don't need. I could scrape off another ~2 lbs off my pack if I wanted to go frameless. After that it gets harder, I could get ~1 lb out of my sleep-system if I bought a 30 degree quilt. If I could get out of yosemite in the first day and camped in designated spots in some areas I could swap the bear-can for an ursack saving ~2 lbs. I could actually get away with no tarp if the poncho works out, but this'll be it's first test.
Anyway see you in 3 weeks!