Craig Wisner

SUL Overnight Kit

With all the talk over at BPL concerning SUL kits, I thought I’d take some pics and post mine up.  I have no weights for anything because, well, I’m finding it tedious now.  I have enough experience with gear to know what’s enough for a given trip, whether I’m going for minimal or luxury.  If a piece of gear needs to come with me and I don’t have an alternative then…well, weight doesn’t matter does it?

This kit is for a quick overnight later today, leaving in the evening and doing most of our hiking at night.  The majority of the hike is on trail with the exception of the final ~2 miles on a summit ridge.  We’ll be hiking in roughly 7 miles and climbing about 3500′ total, sleeping on a ridge at roughly 8000′.  Temps will likely be mid to high 40s.  No rain or weather to speak of in sight.  No maps or navigation tools as this route and the surrounding peaks and canyons are well known.

Carried Clothes: Patagonia Houdini, Montbell Dynamo windpants, Montbell Thermawrap jacket.  Worn clothing will be a synthetic t, running shorts, running shoes, and baseball cap.

Carried Clothes: Patagonia Houdini, Montbell Dynamo windpants, Montbell Thermawrap jacket. Worn clothing will be a synthetic t, running shorts, running shoes, and baseball cap.

Essentials: Bic lighter, lanyard (with a pulsar light, whistle, and firesteel), Spiderco Ladybug knife, Ti spork, tinder, Petzl Tikka.

Essentials: Bic lighter, lanyard (with a pulsar light, whistle, and firesteel), Spiderco Ladybug knife, Ti spork, tinder, Petzl Tikka.

First Aid:  Band aids, gauze pads, pre cut Leuko tape, ClO2 pills, razor blade, two steri strips.  This is a very minimal kit I carry running and and on short trips; no meds, gloves, bigger bandages, neosporin...stuff I'd take on a longer trip.

First Aid: Band aids, gauze pads, pre cut Leuko tape, ClO2 pills, razor blade, two steri strips. This is a very minimal kit I carry running and and on short trips; no meds, gloves, bigger bandages, neosporin…stuff I’d take on a longer trip.

Cooking: .6 liter Evernew pot, cat can stove, windscreen, fuel, stuffsack.

Cooking: .6 liter Evernew pot, cat can stove, windscreen, fuel, stuffsack.

Food/Water:  2L water (this trip is dry), ramen, a sausage to cut up into ramen, coffee, apple, WHISKEY.

Food/Water: 2L water (this trip is dry), ramen, a sausage to cut up into ramen, coffee, apple, WHISKEY.

Pack?Sleeping/Shelter:  Homemade pack, Ridgerest 3/4 pad with Montbell pillow, WM Summerlite bag, TiGoat Ptarmigan bivy.

Pack/Sleeping/Shelter: Homemade pack, Ridgerest 3/4 pad with Montbell pillow, WM Summerlite bag, TiGoat Ptarmigan bivy.

Everything packed.

Everything packed.

Good to go.

Good to go.

Variations to this kit for more serious trips/weather:

*More food could be easily added to this pack.  I have capacity for ~3 days with his kit.  Aqua Mira drops would be added.

*Windshell could be swapped for Driducks raingear for a few ounces more.  Gloves, beanie, and a thermal top/bottomes could be added.

*Maps/navigation gear could be added.

*First aid could be supplemented for a longer trip.

*MLD Solomid could be strapped to top.

However, the addition of all this gear makes it look like any standard UL kit.  To me, the point of SUL is staying minimal and planning the trip accordingly.  This is all I need (or likely even more) for local, fast trips.

 

A trip report will follow….

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5 responses

  1. Hey Craig,

    Great kit! I was wondering what you do with food trash/ packaging after consuming it? No bear can so I was curious as it plagues me to take the can for a single overnighter. Thanks! Look forward to the TR.

    June 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    • Food trash: not much from this trip. The apple core and sausage wrapper fit inside a ziplock the sausage was in. I usually use a small silnylon drybag as a food bag. On an overnight it doesn’t matter if trash leaks inside, I can wash the bag when I’m home.

      June 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  2. Jack Daniels is not whiskey. It’s a hangover producing poison.

    June 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

  3. Pingback: Bighorn Ridge. 6/8 thru 6/9/2013 | Sweeping the Garden

  4. I agree with Nick, great kit. I also agree with Hendrik.

    June 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

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