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    Packing for next weeks trip - Much Lighter than expected!

    So I'm In the initial stage of packing and just got a scale to see how things weigh up.

    Base Gear - without clothes,food,fuel and water - 26.01 pounds

    but ---- thats packing for 2 (my son and I) !!!!!


    So far this it's whats in the packs - going for 3 days (weight are in grams - 500grams = 1.1 lbs)

    Blackbird 586
    Straps 294
    Mac Cat Tarp 464
    Hennessy 1165
    Hex Tarp 361
    Down Pillow 155
    Syn Pillow 270
    Down UQ 470
    Down TQ 645
    Syn UQ 1227
    Syn TQ 1055
    Pegs 180

    Stove 536
    Windscreen 52
    Katadyn 435
    Grill 632
    Utensils 275
    Pots Set 1109

    Poncho 251
    Tarp 805
    Plastic Sheet 126


    First Aid 44
    Bug Juice 57


    Headlight 1 96
    Headlight 2 132
    Crank Light 100
    Toilet Bag 300


    I didn't include the backpacks - they are 3.16 pounds 4.51 pounds


    Basically his pack will carry quilts hammocks and light stuff
    My pack will have stove, food fuel and heavy items -
    as we consume I will slowly take things from his bag to mine.

    But overall - Really happy with the weight!!!!

    Once I have the final list and weights (including food and fuel) I'll post it up.

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    I wish you and your son a marvelous trip, one he will cherish as an important childhood memory.

    If you don't mind, how old is he? I have fantastic memories of my dad taking me to see ibex and marmots up in the mountains. We never slept outdoors though… and certainly not in a hammock, your son is a lucky one ;-)

    As we are here to discuss list and weight, I would personally consider switching the heavy katadyn for "clean pills" (don't know the term in english, micropur and the sorts) and taking skewers instead of a grill, that is one kilogram less on your shoulders.

    The pillows are a nice thing, but clothes in a stuff sack doesn't add weight.

    You take three tarps? What do you use the heavy 805 one for? I have always find the HH Hex roomy enough to offer an important cover and let you cook or whatever even if the weather is ugly.

    Have fun ^__^

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    My Son is 10 - already been out in the back yard for a hang in the hennessey a few weeks back - and loves camping. probably gonna tent it this week with the whole family.

    I've considered swapping the katadyn - but I got it a few years back and less than 20 litres have been filtered through it - wanna get some use from it

    the 3rd heavy tarp is a cheap poly 8x10 I use it over fire pit to cover from rain - if the weather is not calling for rain - the tarp won't be in the pack.
    It's a lot of weight - and will be a definite consideration if it's coming.
    I could use the poncho(which is a poncho tarp) - but a spark hole in a $90 sil-tarp would not be fun.

    As for pillows - I like having a dedicated pillow - only a few grams - but worth it

    The grill will be used over the fire pit - for cooking - Definitely a little heavy - but but my son wants to cook steak over the fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendule View Post
    taking skewers instead of a grill
    Actually this got me thinking a bit now - considering leaving the grill and just making a spit out of sticks 600grams less

    also just took the extra adapters and bag out from the katadyn filter and its 94 grams less

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    Maybe a 7x10 sheet of painter's drop cloth plastic in place of the heavy tarp for over the fire?

    Costs maybe $2, should hold the rain off the fire but survive as long as you hang it high enough and don't make the fire too big while it's over the fire...and weighs much less.

    Just a thought. I've used contractor trash bags similarly to keep the rain off the fire until it got hot enough to ignore the rain.

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    My hammock buddy and me have adopted the skewers last summer for the times when we are in the mood for more elaborated meat cooking than just a sausage on a stick, but not willing to carry a heavy cooking set.

    Throw your meat in your favorite marinade in a ziplock, let it absorb all the precious and succulent flavors while hiking. Then when you arrive at camp, make the brochette, kebab, satay or whatever you like, grill, et voilà.

    Perfect fancy camping food, for the weight of a pair of ultra light skewers (that could even double as tarp peg…)

    But your "pit out of stick" is now definitely on my to-do list for this summer :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendule View Post
    My hammock buddy and me have adopted the skewers last summer for the times when we are in the mood for more elaborated meat cooking than just a sausage on a stick, but not willing to carry a heavy cooking set.

    Throw your meat in your favorite marinade in a ziplock, let it absorb all the precious and succulent flavors while hiking. Then when you arrive at camp, make the brochette, kebab, satay or whatever you like, grill, et voilà.

    Perfect fancy camping food, for the weight of a pair of ultra light skewers (that could even double as tarp peg…)

    But your "pit out of stick" is now definitely on my to-do list for this summer :-)
    We use the foil method for our first nights food. I found a link for some ideas but they aren't exactly what we cook. Here is the link. You can make some really good meals in foil. I love love love love meh some chicken/potatoes with the skin/carrots cooked on the coals for 12 minutes each side. Man its awesome.
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