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Black Mountain Pack

Here is a detailed listing of everything Jean and I brought along on the trail, except the food. This was the first trip we went on with the kids. The final weigh-in at the trailhead came to 55 pounds for me, 30 pounds for Jean. Nathan and Jared each carried a Camelbak with water and their stuffed animals.



Bedroom Kevin Jean
sleeping bag (Kevin) 3.800
sleeping bag (Jean) 3.800
sleeping bag (Nathan) 2.769
sleeping bag (Jared) 2.540
Big Agnes Pine Island 4 Tent 10.500
Tent ground cover 1.089
sleeping pad (Kevin) (ProLite 4R) 1.609
sleeping pad (Nathan) (ProLite 4S) 1.085
sleeping pad (Jean) (ProLite 4S) 1.085
sleeping pad (Jared) 0.988
Pillow (Nathan) (Thermarest) 0.448
Pillow (Jared) (Thermarest) 0.448
Total 21.300 8.861

If they sold smaller sleeping bags for the kids, we could probably save a couple pounds there. We could probably get lighter sleeping bags for ourselves, as well, but we're fond of having zero degree bags. The tent was great. Wish it was a bit lighter, but of course it provided ample space for the four of us. The ProLite 4R is 1.5 inches thick instead of the 1.0 inches of my old pad, and I paid for it with just 0.1 extra pounds, a trade-off I'm definitely willing to make. Jean would have liked a slightly longer sleeping pad -- it's too bad they don't have anything in between the 4R and 4S. Jean and I just used our clothes as pillows. On a longer trip, we'd probably ditch the pillows for the kids and have them use their clothes, but for this trip they didn't have enough clothes to use for pillows.



Liquids Kevin Jean
Water 3.210
Water 3.210
Total 3.210 3.210

It was a short hike, so I didn't fill the Camelbaks to capacity.



Pack Kevin Jean
Arcteryx Bora 95 short 7.500
Arcteryx Bora 62 regular 6.250
Total 7.500 6.250


Photography Kevin Jean
Gorillapod (SLR version) 0.529
Sony A700 DSLR body 1.834
Tamron 17-50 lens 0.996
Canon A630 compact digital camera 0.807
large camera bag and strap 0.988
Blower 0.106
Extra battery 0.168
Remote control 0.066
cable release 0.056
Extra SD card 0.031
lens tissue in pouch 0.019
Total 5.600 0.000

I didn't actually use the Gorillapod on this trip, but I saved a lot of weight by not taking my full tripod. I used the Canon A630 to take movies.



Clothes Kevin Jean
jacket 1.788
Slippers 0.459
Fleece top 0.650
Long sleeve shirt 0.547
Shell pants 0.330
Linen bag 0.282
Long underwear 0.463
Gloves 0.163
Underwear 0.137
Balaclava 0.094
Jacket 1.550
Keens (estimate) 1.000
Other clothes 0.745
Total 4.913 3.295

It was cold, so I actually used everything except my shell pants.



Misc Kevin Jean
Extra tarp for camp 1.168
Headlamp w/ batteries (Black Diamond Cosmo) 0.181
Headlamp w/ batteries (Black Diamond Cosmo) 0.181
Headlamp w/ batteries (Black Diamond Wiz) 0.115
Headlamp w/ batteries (Black Diamond Wiz) 0.115
2 garbage bags 0.094
Gerber knife 0.069
compass 0.063
credit cards + ID + cash 0.056
Paper / pens 0.050
whistle 0.038
4 ziploc bags 0.019
extra shoelace 0.006
GPS (Garmin Edge 305) 0.172
Total 2.327 0.000

We didn't end up using the extra tarp for the camp because they had logs to sit on, as well as a small table.



Kitchen Kevin Jean
water filter 1.081
stove 0.744
2 titanium pots + 2 lids + bag 1.219
large fuel 0.882
CamelBak 0.313
CamelBak 0.313
2 cups with lids 0.617
Green Lexan cup 0.176
Blue metal cup 0.265
dish soap / scrubber / bag 0.128
squirt bottle 0.181
2 96-ounce floppy Nalgene bottles for filtering 0.338
4 plastic spoons 0.084
Red cooking spoon 0.057
2 paper plates (estimate) 0.100
Matches 0.026
Total 6.211 0.313

We used up most of the fuel, cooking for 8 people (breakfast and dinner).



Bathroom Kevin Jean
Wet wipes 0.400
Sunscreen / lip balm 0.200
Sunscreen 0.200
Trowel 0.119
Toilet paper 0.094
Toothbrush 0.100
Handkerchief 0.044
Mirror 0.013
Toothbrush 0.013
Total 0.570 0.613


First aid kit Kevin Jean
Insect repellent 0.088
Ace bandage 0.075
Bandages 0.056
swiss army knife 0.044
waterproof tape 0.044
Sting Eze 0.038
Ibuprofen 0.038
Antacid 0.038
Neosporin 0.031
Thermometer 0.013
Bag for first aid kit 0.013
Moleskin 0.013
Antihistamines 0.047
Epipen (estimate) 0.100
Total 0.638 0.000


For the kids Kevin Jean
Books (6 thin books) 0.877
5 diapers + 1 pull-up 0.445
Kid's pajamas 0.591
Underwear 0.062
Frisbee 0.238
Ball 0.128
Windbreakers 0.745
Total 2.341 0.745


Summary Kevin Jean
Bedroom 21.300 8.861
Liquids 3.210 3.210
Pack 7.500 6.250
Photography 5.600
Clothes 4.913 3.295
Misc 2.327 0.000
Kitchen 6.211 0.313
Bathroom 0.570 0.613
First aid kit 0.638
For the kids 2.341 0.745
Total (without food) 54.457 23.287


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