Mar 4, 2006 at 9:25 am #1217945
@clbowdenLocale: Berkeley Hills
I very much enjoy the BPL forums but sometimes get the idea that everyone but me: carries sub 5 pound packs, hikes 30+ miles per day, sleeps on rocks with no pads, etc. I know this isn’t true, at least for many of you out there, but I am curious what you carry that you would consider a “luxury” item.
For me, my “luxury” item is a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Mattress with mummy cut. I like it for the following reasons:
>As a side sleeper it allows me go get through the night without my arm falling asleep.
>With one puff of air at sea level (half a puff at 10,000 feet) and a proper series of folds it fits perfectly in my GG Mariposa sleeve and provides super comfortable air suspension.
>It allows me to choose campsites without considering ground conditions.
I look forward to finding out what your “luxury” items are.
CaseyMar 4, 2006 at 10:47 am #1351828
@happycamperLocale: South Bayish
an inflatable bed of nails!!! i finally realized that sleeping on an ultralight rock bed just wasn’t austere enough for me. HAHAHAMar 4, 2006 at 2:35 pm #1351837Mar 4, 2006 at 3:13 pm #1351840
@dondoLocale: Colorado Rockies
A few years ago I was a tarp-sleeping, Mt. Washington pad-carrying zealot. I’ve backslid a bit since those days. Last night I slept on a InsulMat MaxThermo 3/4 for the first time and I think I’ve in love. And I’ve been known to carry a (gasp!)double-walled tent, the Montbell Diamond. Just don’t tell anyone.Mar 4, 2006 at 3:37 pm #1351841
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
AM/FM/SW radio, Tecsun R919, about 7 ounces.
Camera, 6oz to 16oz, depending on the camera: Olympus Stylus 35mm point and shoot, or Konica/Minolta z-10 digital
Inflatable surplus MASH pillow, 6oz. (may now be defunct with new UL inflatable pillows)Mar 4, 2006 at 6:22 pm #1351848
@garkjrLocale: Southwestern Ohio
My luxury item is a really cushy bed. I start with the MSR Zoid 1 tent (only about 5 ounces heavier than the Salathe bivy and Granite Gear White Lightning tarp it replaced – both of which were also somewhat toward the luxury end.) I put my empty Vapor Trail pack (perhaps another luxury in itself?) in the foot end of the tent (hipbelt up and at the very foot), then put my Prolite 3 short pad so it butts up against the pad. (Yep, another luxury.) At the head of the tent, I place my hiking shoes. Then I inflate my MSR Dromlite with air (unless it’s already filled with water), and lay it on top of the shoes for a pillow. (If I’m carrying a fleece top, and not wearing it to bed, I’ll wrap it around the Dromlite.) I now have an incredibly comfortable bed, even on the rock ledges I frequently choose as campsites.
For what it’s worth, my warm-weather base load is about 12 pounds, which means I leave the trailhead for a warm-weather, long-weekend trip carrying about 16 or 17 pounds; a cold-weather, 4-night trip gets me up to about 20 – 22 pounds.Mar 4, 2006 at 6:29 pm #1351850
@happycamperLocale: South Bayish
Very Funny Mr. Robert!! I didn’t see that one coming…. first names only please when doing impersonations :)
Yes, you are correct. I traded in my ultralight pumice stone RockRest for a bed of titanium nails. Now I finally get to use those bandaids I’ve been carrying in my 1st aid kit(that is until I make it to high yogi status.)Mar 6, 2006 at 6:58 am #1351918
@dancerLocale: Southeast USA
Ditto for me and the Insul Mat-thermo. I also use it for my pack frame in my Golite Breeze and my Granite Gear Virga.Mar 6, 2006 at 7:51 am #1351920
@pa_jayLocale: on the move....
Different for different seasons. With spring on the way I like to track elk, blackbear etc (not hunting): mini binocs and Canon SD500 are musts, but also a Princeton Tec Apex or a MyoBelt, instead of Tikka. Poncho-tarping makes this more enjoyable in subfreezing temps – I’m still under 9lbs before consumables (the volume reduction is the best thing tho). As to that half pound o’ headlamp… trying to see big game by day, then hoping NOT to see them at night, gets a little spooky for a solo hiker sometimes.
[cue horny elk bugle here…] okay so thats fall, guess I’m yella’ enough.Mar 6, 2006 at 10:06 am #1351927
@dfliednerLocale: North Texas
One word: hammock.Mar 6, 2006 at 10:09 am #1351928
@scottalanpLocale: Northern California
Water. I used to haul the dehydrated stuff, but decided that it’s worth the extra weight.Mar 6, 2006 at 10:21 am #1351929
@ryanLocale: Northern Rockies
Bet ya didn’t think I’d chime in on this one, eh ;)
Yeah, I got my vices too.
For winter, it’s ski gear instead of snowshoes. Being able to hump back deep into the mountains for 3 or 4 days and 25 miles, and then ski the entire distance back to the car in a day is pretty cool.
On my long distance hikes w/o resupply, I’ve been adding a spare pair of insoles (superfeet or customs). Swapping out the old ones to let them recover, or burning them after 150 miles and replacing them with fresh ones is pure bliss.
Gummi bears and Swedish fish. No nutritional value and poor caloric density, but dang, they’re good.
For a lot of my mountain hikes, I’ve been taking a 20m x 6mm rope for short rappels. Opens up where I’m willing to go safely, especially when ridge scrambling.Mar 6, 2006 at 10:40 am #1351931
@kdesignLocale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Skis a luxury? Nah, it’s a lifestyle. I’ll never get over the thrill of the last day schuss to civilization.
A tin of smoked oysters—yummy—and the oil is great for Winter calories. Not for the cholesterol weary. And Vahlrona 71% dk. chocolate—yes!
Swedish fish? Then it’s not Lutefisk— now there’s an acquired taste.Mar 6, 2006 at 1:23 pm #1351943
@walksoftlyLocale: Piney Woods
Dehydrated Water – Scott, that is rich.
I’m one of those fortunate individuals that can sleep heads down on a rock and get a good night’s sleep – if I have a comfortable pillow. That’s right, I don’t usually carry a sleeping pad at all, but you’ll seldom find me without something cushy under my head.
Used to carry an 11oz pillow with pretty blue ticking – now I just use a down jacket or pants. Not too unusual except I do get a few stares when I pull a down jacket out of my pack on an August evening in Texas where it may be in the low 90’s at bedtime.
I did run into a guy hiking around Beaumont, Texas who carried a stuffed Teddy Bear to use as a pillow. I didn’t ask and he didn’t tell.Mar 6, 2006 at 2:27 pm #1351948
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
single malt scotch. Hyland that is.Mar 6, 2006 at 3:29 pm #1351952
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@heningerLocale: Pacific Northwest
My luxury? About 12 books.
Of course not books in paper form. While I really prefer to read real books, I’m not a masochist, so I subscribe to Audible.com and put them all on my 2 oz Creative Zen Nano Plus mp3 player.
Nothing is sweeter than listening to good literature while relaxing (or even at times when hiking).Mar 6, 2006 at 3:35 pm #1351953
@davidlewisLocale: Nova Scotia, Canada
I don’t own it yet… but once I do (buying next week) my luxury item will be the new 3/4 length LuxuryLite EL cot… 12 oz packed plus 5 oz carried (side poles double as hiking sticks).Mar 6, 2006 at 9:22 pm #1351974
@scottalanpLocale: Northern California
“Luxury” (as defined by this group) but really things I would not leave the trail head without.
Music (1.2 ounce MP3 player)
Full length Ridgerest (12.6 ounces of pure bliss) should I choose to float in a lake on a layover day or lay in the sun.
Wild Turkey wiskey.
Clothes line with plastic clips.
I am also getting to the point where sleep without something soft under head is difficult. Must be age…’cause that was never the case in my younger days.Mar 8, 2006 at 7:37 pm #1352141
>For a lot of my mountain hikes, I’ve been taking a 20m x 6mm rope for short rappels.
In Hawaii we normally carried 15m of 1″ webbing or a 20m Beal Rando 8mm rope. There just seemed to be a lot of places we were willing to go up but that would be too hairy to get back down (especially if it was wet). What 6mm rope do you trust? (You weigh a lot less than me :)
The small FlexAir pillow has proven to be a useful bit of gear since I don’t have much of a clothing bag any more.
My heaviest “luxury” is to stick with my hammock, but a good night’s sleep is worth the weight.Mar 8, 2006 at 8:46 pm #1352153
@mitchellkeilLocale: Deep in the OC
Well now, this is a subject to dig into. But I will be brief in the interest of not “blissing out.” I have two luxury items. First, I, too, love my BG insulated Air Core. MY 57 year old bones just love streaching out on 78″ of pure heaven after a long day. And it makes a great float on high Sierra Lakes. Many are the days that I have lolled away and hour or two dangling my feet in the water as breezes pushed me around a lake.
Second, at 20oz, my Sling Light aluminium hammock chair is the envy of every hiker I have met on the trail. When I have been in group camping situations (Sierra Club trips), I don’t dare get up from it for fear that someone else will appropriate it for the rest of the evening. I have cooked from it. I have sat on it at trail breaks while still attached to my pack. I have spent hours in the winter reading in it with my bag around me. And lastly, I have set it up in my tent during a rainy day and enjoyed back support while I read and watched the rain come down. No need to lie down or prop yourself up on your elbow or sit hunched over. Sling Light, a gift from the gods!!
Thought I would add the website to this great invention: http://www.slinglight.com/Mar 9, 2006 at 6:22 pm #1352215
@markhurdLocale: South Texas
Well, I used to take a Roll-A-Stool camp stool. It was 14oz, but the lightest commercially availble stool I could find. Very comfy for my knees, nice to have a dry spot to sit when it rains, and great for sitting around camp or preparing a meal. I started playing around with some smaller diameter carbon tubing and was able to make a 5oz stool. Unfortunately it never felt too steady and to prove that point, one day it just splintered and collapsed.(This is generally not a good thing as the result of a collapse thrusts large sharp carbon spinters into…well lets just call it a delicate area.) Upon recovery, I moved to larger diameter fiberglass tubing and eventually got a stable stool at about 10 oz. Most recently, by laying up my own carbon fiber tubes, I have a stable 6.8oz stool. Mmmmm!!! The things we do to save an ounce. Still, a stool is sweet.
-MarkMar 10, 2006 at 5:01 am #1352235
my luxury item is full size bino’s – 10x42s – 850g!!!Mar 10, 2006 at 7:41 am #1352243
My luxury item is my silshelter by Integral Design. Its a little more long and large and i like to have place to sleep.
patMar 11, 2006 at 9:54 am #1352309
Any pictures of the carbon fiber stool?
Where did you get the supplies to make it?
Any hints for learning how to work carbon fiber?
ThanksMar 15, 2006 at 9:07 pm #1352635
@markhurdLocale: South Texas
Sorry about the delay on reply, just got back from a trip into the Guadelupe Mt Wilderness in west Texas.
Sure, I will try to post a picture and some “how to” on the carbon fiber tomorrow. Gotta get some sleep first.
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