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Desolation Wilderness Pack

Here is a detailed listing of everything we brought along on the trail. Note, DM = dehydrated meal. Note, there are 453.59237 grams in one pound.



Food Kevin Jean Nathan Jared Cal Grams cal/g
Bearikade bear canister 2.271
DM: MH Pro-Pak beef stroganoff 0.295 520 134 3.88
DM: Natural High spicy sausage pasta 0.366 620 166 3.73
DM: MH Pro-Pak spaghetti w/ meat sauce 0.291 480 132 3.64
DM: MH Pro-Pak chicken teriyaki 0.291 470 132 3.56
DM: MaryJanesFarm Mac n' cheese (2) 0.591 930 268 3.47
DM: MaryJanesFarm Cheesy BNT 0.300 465 136 3.42
DM: Backpacker's Pantry Jamaican jerk chicken 0.441 640 200 3.20
DM: MaryJanesFarm Red Pesto Pasta 0.287 405 130 3.12
almonds 0.300 816 136 6.00
cashews 0.428 1109 194 5.72
16 sesame snaps 1.285 0.184 3680 666 5.53
M&M's 0.450 1020 204 5.00
Pretzel M&Ms 0.247 517 112 4.62
4 Bear Naked fruit+nut bars 0.361 0.120 960 218 4.40
pretzel goldfish 0.229 451 104 4.37
Larabar (apple pie) 0.101 190 46 4.13
32 starburst 0.357 640 162 3.95
dried mango 0.961 0.463 2461 646 3.81
16 hot chocolate packets 0.784 1280 356 3.60
gummi bears 0.251 409 114 3.59
Swedish fish 0.194 314 88 3.57
beef jerky (Hsin Tung Yang fruit flavored) 0.459 743 208 3.57
3 Pop Tarts 0.370 600 168 3.57
6 cream of wheat 0.498 780 226 3.45
10 oatmeal packets 0.944 1450 428 3.39
12 chocolate chip Z bars 0.794 0.176 0.088 1560 480 3.25
raisins 0.313 462 142 3.25
11 Pro Bar fruition 0.906 0.201 1570 502 3.13
12 fig newtons 0.503 700 228 3.07
dried apricots 0.387 465 174 2.67
5 Kool Aid 16-ounce packets 0.190 300 86 3.49
Total 15.158 1.497 0.370 0.652 27007 6986 3.87

When I was calculating how many calories to bring, I estimated 21,000 would be about right. But then after I saw the total of 27,000 calories, I wasn't sure what to cut. I had made notes from our last backpacking trip that I should have brought more dried mango and sesame snaps, so that's why I had so much of that. This was also the first time we brought candy for the kids. In retrospect, I should have cut some of the dried mango and sesame snaps and maybe a few other things. As it was, we ate everything except for the following:

Food Cal Grams
dried apricots 43 16
Pretzel M&Ms 351 76
raisins 416 128
dried mango 511 134
5 sesame snaps 1161 210
4 Pro Bar fruition 632 202
Total 3114 766

So we had roughly an extra 3000 calories and 1.7 pounds of food.



Bedroom Kevin Jean
sleeping bag (Marmot Pinnacle +15 reg) 2.782
sleeping bag (Marmot Pinnacle +15 WR) 2.624
sleeping bag (Nathan) 3.081
sleeping bag (Jared) 2.540
Big Agnes Pine Island 4 Tent 7.800
Big Agnes Pine Island 4 Tent stakes 0.498
Big Agnes Pine Island 4 Tent poles 2.650
Tent ground cover 1.089
sleeping pad (Kevin) (ProLite 4R) 1.609
sleeping pad (Nathan) (ProLite 4S) 1.085
sleeping pad (Jean) (Prolite Plus WR) 1.561
sleeping pad (Jared) (ProLite 4S) 1.085
Pillow (Thermarest Small) 0.448
Pillow (Thermarest Small) 0.448
Pillow (Thermarest Medium) 0.714
Pillow (Thermarest Medium) 0.714
Total 17.990 12.738

The hardest part was compressing all the sleeping bags and pads so that we could fit it all. I look forward to the day when Nathan can carry his own sleeping bag or at least his sleeping pad. Maybe next year.

Liquids Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Water 4.000 4.000 ? ?
Total 4.000 4.000 ? ?

It was a hot day, so we brought a little more water than on our last trip.

Pack Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Arcteryx Bora 95 short 7.500
Arcteryx Bora 62 regular 6.250
REI Stoke 9 0.926 0.855
Total 7.500 6.250 0.926 0.855


Photography Kevin Nathan
Sony A700 DSLR body 1.834
Tamron 17-50 lens 0.996
large camera bag and strap 0.988
Canon Powershot SX200 compact camera 0.538
Gorillapod SLR tripod 0.529
Graduated ND filter + adapter ring 0.220
Blower 0.106
Extra battery 0.168
Remote control 0.066
polarizing filter 0.057
cable release 0.056
Extra SD card 0.031
lens tissue in pouch 0.019
Nathan's camera bag 0.128
Canon A70 camera 0.736
Total 5.608 0.864



Clothes Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
jacket 1.788
Nathan's jacket 0.873
Nathan's windbreaker 0.454
Nathan's pull-ups (3) 0.291
Jared's diapers (3) 0.238
Pajamas 0.348 0.304
Jared's jacket 0.648
Jared's windbreaker 0.287
Fleece top 0.650
Long sleeve shirt 0.547
Jean's clothes 3.642
Long underwear 0.463
Gloves 0.163
Underwear (3 each) 0.375 ? 0.207 0.185
Balaclava 0.094 0.066 0.066
Jacket 1.550
Keen sandals (Jean carried mine, Nathan carried his and Jean's) 0 1.847 2.046 0.688
2 pairs liner socks 0.106
1 pair hiking socks 0.247
2 pairs socks 0.128 ?
Total 4.433 7.039 4.413 2.416



Misc Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Headlamp w/ batteries (Black Diamond Cosmo) 0.181 0.181
4 spare AA batteries 0.251
6 spare AAA batteries 0.146
Headlamp w/ batteries (Petzl Tikkina 2) 0.176 0.176
2 garbage bags 0.094
Gerber knife 0.069
compass 0.063
credit cards + ID + cash 0.056
map ?
Paper / pens 0.050
whistle 0.038
4 ziploc bags 0.019
GPS (Garmin Edge 305) 0.172
Lenmar battery for charging GPS 0.172
USB cable for charging GPS 0.040
accessory cord 0.185
Stuffed animals 0.194 0.194
Half-size playing cards 0.088
Total 1.227 0.181 0.767 0.370



Kitchen Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
MSR Reactor stove + pot 1.155
Stove fuel (2 full canisters) 1.574
water filter 1.014
CamelBak 0.313 0.313 ? ?
2 cups with lids 0.617
1 blue metal cup 0.265
1 Sea to Summit X-Mug (collapsible) 0.137
dish soap / scrubber / bag 0.150
large squirt bottle 0.185
two 96-ounce floppy Nalgene bottles 0.338
4 plastic spoons 0.084
Matches 0.101
Extra Camelbak bite valve 0.013
Total 3.966 2.293 ? ?

Once again, I brought way too much fuel. By the end of our trip, the fuel canisters still weighed in at 1.301 pounds. This means we only used about 124 grams of the 454 grams of fuel in the canisters. Which means I barely used half of one canister.


Bathroom Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Wet wipes 0.400
Sunscreen / lip balm 0.304
Sunscreen ?
Toothpaste 0.057
Trowel 0.119
Kleenex 0.115
Toilet paper 0.094
Jean's toiletries 1.080
Toothbrush 0.100 0.100
Handkerchief 0.062
Floss 0.035
Mirror 0.018
Nathan's toothbrush ?
Jared's toothbrush ?
Total 0.904 1.580 0.000 0.000


First aid kit Kevin Jean
Insect repellent 0.088
Ace bandage 0.075
Bandages 0.056
swiss army knife 0.044
Sting Eze 0.038
Ibuprofen 0.038
Bag for first aid kit 0.013
Moleskin 0.013
Antihistamines 0.081
Epipen (estimate) 0.100
Kid's medicine 0.309
Total 0.855 0.000


Summary Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Food 15.158 1.497 0.370 0.652
Bedroom 17.990 12.738 0.000 0.000
Liquids 4.000 4.000 ? ?
Pack 7.500 6.250 0.926 0.855
Photography 5.608 0.000 0.864 0.000
Clothes 4.433 7.039 4.413 2.416
Misc 1.227 0.181 0.767 0.370
Kitchen 3.966 2.293 ? ?
Bathroom 0.904 1.580 0.000 0.000
First aid kit 0.855 0.000 0.000 0.000
Total 61.641 35.578 7.340 4.293
Actual 61.5 35.0 9.5 7.0

The fact that I didn't weigh the kids' water probably makes up for the differences between their total and actual values. 61.5 pounds was the most I've ever carried.


Worn
Trekking poles
Sunglasses
Hats
Altimeter watch


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