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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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    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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    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 went hiking two weeks ago on a two night three day trip. This was an equipment shakedown for my back country hunt next month. So I packed 5 days worth of food, and my pack weight was 74 pounds. That included 15 pounds of hog bait, a 10 pound rifle, optics package (rangefinder, binos, spotting scope, tripod), butchering kit, and two days worth of water. We were forced to come back when we ran low on water, and ALL the streams and springs on the map were dry. Saw no hogs, so they live to destroy more habitat. Saw a lot of deer sign, and a couple of does. Saturday was the opening day of muzzle loader elk and we jumped a big bull 25-35 minutes after the season opened. No tag though.

    If.this were a hike instead.of prep for a hunt, pack weight would have been about 35 pounds including food and water. I hike to hunt, so UL concepts work, but I don't see my pack weight getting any lower than that. For example, breakfasts are protien powder and oatmeal in a freezer bag and water is boiled in a foster's can. But my 5.5 pound pack will not be replaced with a lighter one, since it has to be able to haul 120 pounds of meat and be comfortable enough to make 3-5 trips from trailhead to campsite/butchering location in a 30 hour span.

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