Apr 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm #1289366
What are those "luxury" and not needed heavy items that you just don't want to leave behind? Post away!
The one item that I know I should leave behind, that I just don't want to leave behind on backpacking trips is my "Zojirushi" coffee thermos. It is 10oz. It is just so convenient and relaxing to be able to have hot coffee or tea at any point in the day in an instant with no preparation involved. Just sit down and enjoy the moment when you happen upon that perfect spot for taking in the scenery or enjoying your surroundings.
My other rediculously heavy stuff on some trips is my fishing gear on my hiking trips where fishing is a big part of the trip. I basically ignore weight when it comes to the fishing gear in favor of the "fun" factor.
Just some background about myself…I've hiked from a young age, but my hiking style has been anything, but ultralight. I hiked just with the cheapest gear that I could scrounge together from regular items around the house like K-mart silly heavy and large sleeping bags etc. and I have gradually crossed over to "dedicated" camping gear…although not necessarily the lightest stuff.
After cruising these forums for about a month now, I've already trimmed 15 pounds off my "normal" pack load :)Apr 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm #1872899
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
I'm an illustrator and writer and though it is heavy, I prefer to bring a high quality sketchbook with me, and an adequate case with proper drawing and writing tools. The sketchbook in particular is rather heavy, but every time I don't bring it I regret it.
I also like to watch birds and wildlife, so often I bring a light pair of binoculars. More weight.Apr 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm #1872901
@creachenLocale: East Bay
I really enjoy music of all different genres and especially jazz around a campfire.. My luxury item would be mini-speakers for my IPOD at 1.3oz (Dream Gear Audio Bug) Not loud just background music–get your groove on!Apr 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm #1872913
BA air core pad.. it's pretty heavy but about the same as the therma rest i came from with way more comfort. i am a side sleeper so the little 1/4 nothing pads folks on here use will not work for me ever.Apr 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm #1872920
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Lately it has been a NeoAir and candy bars. Doesn't sound that luxurious but for me they are.Apr 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm #1872923
"The one item that I know I should leave behind, that I just don't want to leave behind on backpacking trips is my "Zojirushi" coffee thermos. It is 10oz. It is just so convenient and relaxing to be able to have hot coffee or tea at any point in the day in an instant with no preparation involved. Just sit down and enjoy the moment when you happen upon that perfect spot for taking in the scenery or enjoying your surroundings."
You make me want to bring a thermos.
Me, No more tarps for me. I like a tent. Guilty as charged.Apr 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm #1872924
@cmckayrochester-rr-comLocale: Upstate New York
I trim out other stuff so I can carry a ridiculously heavy DSLR, 12-24mm, 40mm macro lens and tripod. When I get home I have great photos of my friends and family that I can play with in my old age.
I think its worth it.Apr 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm #1872925
Same here Miguel.
A good sketchbook/journal (I've always liked the 5×7 Moleskine) and a good set of pens and pencils usually comes with me.
I'm likely going to start carrying brushes and a basic watercolor and/or ink kit as well.
Another "luxury" that has become a staple is my Exped Synmat UL7. Unless drunk or coming off a 40 mile day, I have never slept as well in the mountains.
I did a quick overnight with my daughter last Saturday. I stayed up well past midnight writing beside the fire after getting her to sleep. That trip convinced me I'm going to start strapping a low, folding beach chair to my pack for mellow trips of this nature. When you're only walking a few miles and spending the majority of time in camp, why not?Apr 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm #1872929
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Coffee. It really is a bit of a luxury, considering my lack of dependency on it. Items required include coffee specific mug and grounds.
Camera. I dont make any sort of living packing a camera with me, but photographing what I see is a natural practice.
Hersheys Special Dark. Its my night cap. Comes on every trip, all that fancy pants 80% cacao pilfered from Costa Ricans is rubbish, the best is made right here in the USA. ;-pApr 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm #1872941
@oroambulantLocale: San Francisco
Somehow there are always more interesting rocks in my pack hiking out than I started with. One year I saw my wife and daughter stuffing a HUGE green rock into my pack – at least 8 lbs. I pretended I didn't notice and slung the pack on anyway. I complained the whole 12 miles down about the long day, how my shoulders were getting sore, and how I wasn't going to bring the buck knife and the 100 feet of rope next time. They giggled the whole way. Now we have a very nice glittering green stone next to our fireplace and a tale to tell.Apr 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm #1872963
@lopezLocale: San Gabriel Valley
I just finished reading Muir. Just about everything in my pack is a luxury now.May 1, 2012 at 4:03 am #1873010
@abhittLocale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Only 6 oz. but, somewhat like Craig, it is nice to sit up right with the legs stretched out in the sleeping bag on those long dark nights Oct.-March when I am usually out. Getting too old to sit cross legged without back support for more than a little while.May 1, 2012 at 7:21 am #1873051
Ahh, this gets to the core of why I'm "lighter" but not "ultralight":
–BA air core pad
–REI tripod stool
–camera, sometimes the DSLR
–big, comfy, reliable Kelty TiogaMay 1, 2012 at 9:53 am #1873107
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
For me and my wife it's:
Extra clean clothes, for sleeping in and to wear while other clothes are drying after a wash.
Camp footwear so I can take off my soggy hiking shoes and socks, dry my feet and walk around.
Heavier camera than usual for especially scenic trips.
Binoculars when we expect lots of wildlife, e.g. in Alaska.
Umbrella (but that's an essential).May 1, 2012 at 10:05 am #1873109
@troutLocale: Long Beach
"I just finished reading Muir. Just about everything in my pack is a luxury now."
HAH. Yeah right? Stale bread and a coat, anything else is luxury.May 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm #1873204
I bring not one but TWO pillows son, one for my head and one for between my knees (side sleeper). People forget that you spend at least 1/4 to 1/3 of your backpacking time SLEEPING :) Might as well be comfortable for it. YMMV but I notice my hikes are negatively affected if I dont get a good nights rest beforehand.May 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm #1873316
@kwersalLocale: Western Colorado
Alite chair (18 oz.)
I like to lounge in camp.May 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm #1873328
@cohikerLocale: San Isabel NF
Its 5oz heavier than my etOH stove, but it's so dang convenient to unfold the burner, screw it on the can, click the piezo and we're cooking. no measuring fuel, filling the stove, care not to spill,
I spent a lot of time and a handful of money on MYOG cooking equipment, but more and more I go out I think it's worth the weight.May 2, 2012 at 4:42 am #1873412
It´s probably backpacking abroad.
Makes me carry passport, adapters for plugs and all those bits and pieces that become quite heavy after a while… And completely useless on the trails =(
So there´s "only" the luxury of being in a foreign country, no extra luxury on trail…May 2, 2012 at 4:55 am #1873414
@jacko1956Locale: Shelley Western Australia
I leave a resupply with real milk and use it for coffee and cereal. When it runs out I use condensed milk in a tube for coffee and go without for cereal. I can't stand powdered milk.
Placing a litre bottle (plastic – I'm not completely mad) loosely in a plastic bag I wrap it with some toilet paper that I keep moist to act as a cooler via evaporation. I get it to last about 3 days in cool weather before turning.May 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm #1873692
Slinglight chair for me. Just what my bad back needs after a day on the trail.
"My other rediculously heavy stuff on some trips is my fishing gear on my hiking trips where fishing is a big part of the trip. I basically ignore weight when it comes to the fishing gear in favor of the "fun" factor"
Look into Tenkara. I just got my pole but won't be able to get out until the following weekend. Can't wait to try it out. The whole setup is so light, it can't even call it a luxury.May 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm #1874582
Mystery ranch pack with a good frame- heavy, but worth it in the way it rides
Tools and well stocked repair kit- I just like being prepared
Plenty of warm clothes- Weather can change quick in Montana, so this borders on essential.
GPS- I know my way around a map, but the gps is kinda nice sometimes.
Good foodMay 5, 2012 at 8:06 am #1874634
I take a 1 liter Nalgene bottle. Nice to drink out of, works well with my Steripen. Can put boiling water in it. Easier to get in and out of side pockets than those flexible Platy bottles. Easy to clean. And the cap is attached. Lucky for me I don't have to carry much water where I hike.May 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #1874687
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
After reading a lot of gear lists on BPL and elsewhere, it seems that camera and fishing gear are always omitted. With those two left out, my base weight is just a few oz. over the 10-pound boundary between "UL" and "Lightweight." In practice, of course, I always take my camera and, unless there are no fish where I'm going, I always take fishing gear (Tenkara, but I have to add a frying pan and extra fuel since I dislike both raw and poached fish and usually backpack where fires are a no-no). That gets me back up to 12 lbs. even for base weight. I'm happy with it!
Being an old lady with arthritis and such, I need a comfortable sleeping pad, although my current KookaBay insulated air pad (3.5" thick) is only 13 oz., not too far out of line. I also get cold easily so probably have a half a pound more "extra clothing" than most. I have some medical problems that require extra toiletries. On the other hand, I've never felt the need for a chair (a sit pad and a log or rock to lean against work just fine for me) or an extra heavy camera.
EDIT, LATER: I forgot to mention that my hiking buddy (also part of my sleep system) is a 70-lb. mostly Labrador retriever. He is much calmer at night in a tent (which he considers _his_ crate) than under a tarp, and certainly deserves his own bug-free space. That means I need a 1.5 to 2 person fully enclosed tent. However, by using a ZPacks Hexamid Twin, I can keep shelter weight, including stakes, down to 17 oz. I've previously used a GG/Tarptent Squall Classic, 27 oz. with stakes. I dearly love the Squall Classic, but was attracted to the Hex Twin by the lighter weight. So far, I really like the Hex Twin, too! I'll decide after a summer and fall with the Hex Twin which one I'm going to sell–it may be a difficult decision!
IMHO, one reason for paring the weight as much as possible elsewhere is to allow for a few extra comforts or hobbies! HYOH and YMMV definitely apply here!May 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm #1874724
First off, my jetboil sol. The simplicity is killer and it does its job quickly and efficiently.
Second item, a fully enclosed tent (although the tarptent notch is fairly light). It is really nice to not have to worry about bugs and critters at night after a year or so of using a floorless tarp.
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