Hi what gear does everyone take on multiday expeds.
Sleeping bag, tent, roll mat etc.
what stove set up do you use, if you have time why? etc.
things that may influence include (but not limited to):
In other words, with so many variables one needs to pin down what sort of trip you're looking at to get useful info.
Depends on time of year and how long. The basics are:-
Tent, Scarp 1
Rucksack, size depends on time of year.
Sleeping bag, rating depends on time of year.
Mat, Exped, model depends on time of year.
Exped pillow pump.
Stove, Primus Omni or Optimus Crux
Pot, Optimus Terra Nova with heat exchanger, either 1l or 1.5l.
Spork, small bladed folding knife.
Clothes, depends on time of year.
First Aid Kit.
Map/s and compass.
The DofE kit list covers all bases. The quantities of items will vary and there are a few things you might want to add or remove, but it is a good starting point. I used it succesfully on my trips, with a few alterations.
The type of sleeping bag, size of rucksack etc all depend on length, location and time of year. As for the stove set up, there's way too many options to cover, but the most popular lightweight solo option seems to be a small stove (gas or meths) with a kettle/pot and a windshield.
The DofE covers all bases except the ones it doesn't... i.e. no mention of ski wax, split paddles etc. Plus you need to realise that covering 4 bases is not necessarily a superset of covering 1 or 2 bases because you may end up with too much stuff to succeed in the trip's aim.
So torch you want to lighten your load. Well look at your own kit and weigh everything and write it down.
Next look at each piece carefully and decide do I really need it? If not throw it out.
Next look at each piece and think if you can use it double (double use) somehow. If so remove the other thing in your kit that can be replaced by a double use item. For instance walking pole versus tarp pole. Or big rain cover for a big backpack versus groundsheet under your mat.
Next look at your pieces in your kit which are the most heaviest. Find replacements which are as light as possible. For instance a synthetic sleeping bag swapping it for a high-tec ultralight down quilt with same temp specs.
With these steps you might win quickly some kg's
as am trying lighten my load and was interested what everyone else would pack?
I'd look at this working from your own experience to some degree. So if you want to lighten your load you can start with two simple options: 1, leave out the stuff you're carrying which you don't use (or on reflection you might get by without); 2, replace key parts with lighter alternatives.
Do I gather from the first Q that you're concerned about your existing stove? if so, what are you using and what are your functional requirements of a stove? If you just want to boil water or heat a can of soup for one the answers are different to if you want to produce a gourmet picnic for a group.
and have refined my pack of the years to make it exactly how i would like it
am trying lighten my load
don't actually sit that well together...
Peter Clinch wrote (see)
The DofE covers all bases except the ones it doesn't... i.e. no mention of ski wax, split paddles etc. Plus you need to realise that covering 4 bases is not necessarily a superset of covering 1 or 2 bases because you may end up with too much stuff to succeed in the trip's aim.Pete.
Thanks - that's a good point. I was assuming that the kit would be for walking, but as you say, different activities will need different things.
Torchwood: As others have said, lightening your load will need two approaches: taking out anything you don't need (because it's unecessary or another item will do the job) and finding lighter weight kit.
You'll need to decide on certain things: are you happy to use a small screw on gas stove just for boiling water or will you want a larger, more stable stove? Cost is an important factor: is it worth shelling out loads for a very small weight saving?
I guess that I follow a conventional approach, in that I use a tent, not a tarp and use a gas stove. However, I'm always looking for ways to lighten the load. I won't bother uploading my personal kitlist as it hasn't got anything unusual and the brands aren't relevant unless you want a specific recommendation.
I've posted a kit list as you may have read.
I have got my full winter walking kit for a 3 day trip down to 12kg including food and 2l of water.
As others have said, I've done so by getting rid of things I don't use, or can double up.
Getting lighter gear, mostly, down bag, lighter tent, down camp wear, LW rucksacks and planning meals so I don't take much more than I need.
I do take a few extras, food wise, as can get a bit boring eating same thing every day.
I take dehydrated food, of different flavours, so not eating the same one each day. I also take the likes of mini salami/pepperami to add to meal.
Sometimes if I get Lidl's own brand rice meals, they are more than I can eat at night. I'll keep the rest for breakfast, with maybe some cheese and oatcakes.
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