Lightweight Comfort Gearlist
Based upon the previous post When Ultralight May Not Be Ultrasimple, this is the gearlist that I’ve created including a 2011 MSR Hubba tent as well as an inflatable pad. I’ll soon post a review of the Hubba as well as my rationale behind choosing it , but so far, I really like this little tent compared to others I’ve used.
The list was created with my upcoming Lost Coast (including the Sinkyone section) yo-yo in mind, thus the bear canister, but not including my surf fishing kit (which has not been finalized). The list is also based upon 5 days/4 nights of food and would be more than comfortable for 3 seasons in any weather, bug conditions, or locale that I have backpacked in so far. Could I make it lighter? Absolutely. But that is not the point of a kit like this- it is for long evenings in camp, 20-25 mile days, sleeping comfortably, and taking my time. Fast trips require a much different, far more spartan list.
My base weight with this list is a little over 12.5 pounds. But note that without a bear canister, I would only be a touch over 10 lbs…Skirting ultralight while still carrying a freestanding, double-wall tent and an inflatable pad. As previously expected, these comforts add only 2 pounds to the typical ~8 pound base that I carry. So what’s two pounds?