Jun 1, 2008 at 1:19 pm #1229291
hi all, new to the site
im from the uk and planning going backpacking/camping around the lake district in cumbria. just worried about weight. when i go to the lakes for a days hike i take my osprey kestrel 38 pack with an olympus e400 camera, bit of food and water and thats quite heavy. whats it going to be like when i get a tent strapped on it as well.. any ideasJun 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm #1436072
Hey Marc, I lived in Wales for two years-playing rugby now I Backpack alot!!!!! You are looking at baseweight for a new hiker between 15 and 18 pounds-I am not sure how many Stones that is? Don't include water and food weight[consumeables] Look at you biggest items first to save weight=Backpack, shelter, sleeping bag & pad. Where do you live? CheersJun 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm #1436085Jun 1, 2008 at 8:14 pm #1436100
The "BPL Bible" is an excellent source of information to the lightweight, and those looking to become lightweight backpacker. The text is very in depth and may be a bit intimadating for new comers (But that's just my opinion, I grew up reading MAD magazine). Which is why I also recommend:
"Lighten Up! A complete handbook for light and ultralight backpacking"
This book is short, humorous and provides an excellent base knowlege for going light. This is the first book I picked up when I first thought about going light.
Get both books, and get yourself a digital kitchen scale for weighing items in your pack. It's an eye opener. If you have an item that maxes out the 5 lb (2.2 kg) scale weight limit, you probally want to leave it at home or find something lighter.
Welcome to the site, Mark. I've found it to be a gold mine of knowlege and advise from a community of people who share a common love.Jun 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm #1436104
Also recomended reading: First Backpacking Bible!: Beyond Backpacking-Guide to Lightweight Hiking. By Ray Jardine-
Mr. Jardine started the whole UL movement. But BPL is definetly more detailed & current." All-RIGHT BOY"-UK saying.Jun 2, 2008 at 10:13 am #1436150
George MatthewsBPL Member
jw: lived in Wales for two years-playing rugby
How did that happen?Jun 2, 2008 at 10:56 am #1436160
Hey George, I was on the US National for quite some time. I was on tour w/ the team and managed to get a contract w/a club in Cardiff. 96-98 I did a lot of day hiking in Western Wales- beautiful contry-like Ireland.I got back in early 99 and have been obsessed w/ backpacking ever since. Thats my story!Jun 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm #1436222
i live in chorley, lancashire
it`s just between bolton and preston
only an hour north of walesJun 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm #1436225
Nice- Backpacking is great!!- goodluck with your gear selection.
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