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    I've lost weight - Who else?

    When I first learned about hammock camping I was amazed at how much weight it would save me when backpacking. Not to long ago I realized that my pack weight had went from 24 pounds to 15. Obviously I have lost weight elsewhere in addition to losing the tent. (I think the tent is under the bed.)

    But I just thought I would ask the question. Has anyone else measured their weight loss, and if so how much.

    I have lost 9 pounds.

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    All this darned hiking I've done lately has caused me to lose 15 lbs. of body weight. The hip belt on my GoLite Jam 50L is for 32-34 waist and it looks like I'm around a 31 waist now. Losing weight sucks when it costs you money, like for new clothes or a new pack.

    Though I haven't weighed my pack since last year, I'd say I lost about 30 lbs. I was packing some seriously heavy stuff last year.

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    I understand how you feel. I went packing with a guy this summer and his pack wieghed over 60 pounds for just an over night stay. We confirmed this by weighing his pack on a scale before we left the trailhead.

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    I have discoverd that not only have I lost weight, but I have lost an inch around the waist. So, crunches and hiking have a positive impact on my body. And, i can tell the wife that the $$ I spent on gear is actually LESS than if I had joined a health club!

    As for the pack...I am keeping track at http://hikingillinois.blogspot.com/p...oobs-pack.html
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    I'm down to 193 from 205 since starting to work out and hike more. I have a few more pounds to shed. My last hike my pack weight was 34 lbs w/food and water, I'm working on shedding a little weight there as well.

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    Since I've started hammock camping and started using some DIY "ultralight" backpacking gear I have trimmed 9 pounds off my pack weight so far. I still need to upgrade my tarp and get a top/underquilt so I can ditch the sleeping pad and sleeping bag. Once I'm done with that I should be able to see another 3 or 4 pound pack weight loss.

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    I wasn't even thinking about ultralight backpacking until I got into hammock backpacking. Now I've reduced my pack weight by at least 6 pounds and my body weight by over 30 pounds.

    Through this site I learned about alcohol stoves and Fosters pots. That reduced my pack weight as well. As soon as I build my top and bottom quilt I'll take another 2 pounds or more off of my pack weight.

    When I hear people talk about 15 pound base weight I use to think "Seriously!?" But now it looks like a real possibility. And the weird thing is that I'm actually more comfortable in the hammock and with the light weight pack than when I carried the heavier stuff. As I said to a buddy the other night who was telling me about his 45 pound pack for a weekend trip : "If I'm carrying 45 pounds then I better have 2 weeks of food in there".

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    Oh, yeah. I started this whole hammocking thing through my bike touring. I went from a ~5 lb pup tent and a ~3 lb rain fly to a ~1.5 lb hammock and a ~1.5 lb tarp. As I started hiking, I added more things back in and then dropped them again; I went from a ~28 lb base weight to a ~19 lb base weight over the first year or so I was backpacking.

    My Foothills Trail experience definitely showed me that ultralight backpacking was going to be for me if I wanted to do the miles that I wanted. Since then, I've been working on eliminating items that were...less-than-needed. I've managed to get down to a ~9.5 lb base weight, and I'm pretty happy with that. I'd like to keep my pack weight below 15 lbs total, but that's not going to happen unless I stay below two days of food and two liters of water. If I can keep it below 20 lbs on 4-day trips with plentiful water, I'll be happy. Working on that...
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    I'm down 30lbs in the past 6 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishbait View Post
    I'm down to 193 from 205 since starting to work out and hike more. I have a few more pounds to shed. My last hike my pack weight was 34 lbs w/food and water, I'm working on shedding a little weight there as well.
    i was up to 205 too, now down to 195

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