I have reconstructed the list of gear which I took on the trail at Philmont in '98. The weight of the gear which I carried on my back was approximately 25 lbs.
This list does not include the weight of water nor my share of crew food.
In choosing gear I try to pick equipment which will be functional, sturdy, and lightweight. Before taking anything on a long trek, such as Philmont, I test the gear on shorter trips.
Big savings on weight was in not carrying unnecessary clothing. Instead, I carry the implements for regularly washing my clothing. Since there is no cotton in the pack, the nylon gear dries very quickly.
A few items to note.
1 nalgene bottle for drinks and 3 very lightweight Platypus for carrying extra water.
No underwear. My shorts and pants have nylon mesh briefs.
Ultralite 3/4 pad is much lighter than full size Thermarest.
There are still creature comforts on the list, such as a pillow, camp sandals, and a chair kit.
One change which I will make in the list is the hat. It is too hot for the summer. Instead I will take a nylon baseball style cap with a detachable sunscreen cape for the neck. OR makes a nice one.
With this gear I was quite comfortable in the 100 deg heat and the hail/snow on Baldy. Trimming even a few pounds from your pack makes a huge difference in your comfort on the trail.
Personal Gear List, Philmont '98 Cleve Gilmore, email@example.com Items typically carried on the trail. Qty. Item Weight (oz) 1 Jansport external frame backpack 81.50 1 Pack cover 11.00 2 Straps, nylon 2.25 1 Tent, half weight of tent shared with tent mate 51.25 1 Sleeping bag, North Face Climber 3D 34.00 1 Pillow 7.25 1 Shorts for sleeping, nylon 3.50 1 Shirt for sleeping, coolmax 5.50 1 Stuff sack for sleeping bag and sleeping clothing, waterproof 4.75 1 Thermarest Ultra Lite 3/4 pad 15.00 1 Thermarest Lite Chair Kit 10.00 1 Thermarest sack and repair kit 2.75 1 Rain suit, Goretex 32.50 1 Sweater, Polartec 100 11.00 1 Shirt, coolmax 5.50 1 Convertible pants with mesh briefs, supplex 10.00 1 Smartwool socks and poly liners 4.75 1 Bandana, coolmax 1.75 1 Teva sandals 20.00 1 Sierra Cup (16 oz) and lexan spoon 3.75 1 Nalgene, 1 qt 4.00 3 Platypus, 1 lt 2.25 1 Leatherman Micra knife 1.75 8 Ziplock for clothing in pack, 1 gal. 4.00 2 Ziplock for washing clothing, 2 gal. 1.25 1 Wash basin, collapsible 3.25 1 Toiletries in nylon bag 9.50 1 Pack towel 1.50 1 First Aid kit 15.75 1 Sewing and repair kit 2.75 2 Garbage bag 4.50 1 Petzyl Micro headlamp with batteries 5.25 3 AA batteries, camera battery 2.25 1 Camera and case 12.25 6 Film rolls 3.75 1 Note pad and pen 3.75 1 Compass 3.00 1 Whistle 1.00 TOTAL Weight Carried (Oz) 399.75 (24 lbs, 15.75 oz) Items typically worn on the trail. Qty. Item Weight (oz) 1 Shirt, Rail Rider Eco-Mesh, supplex 6.50 1 Shorts with mesh liner, nylon 4.50 1 Smartwool socks and poly liners 4.75 1 Vasque Sundowner boots, size 10.5 54.75 1 Watch 1.25 1 Bandana, coolmax 1.75 1 Hat with wide brim, nylon 3.75 1 Walking staff 18.25 TOTAL Weight Worn (Oz) 95.50 (5 lbs, 15.5 oz)--
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