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2011 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
Bearikade bear canister (Expedition) 2.271
Bearikade bear canister (Weekender) 1.938

Food Cal Grams cal/g
DM: MH Pro-Pak chicken teriyaki w/ rice 450 134 3.36
DM: MaryJanesFarm Lentils, Rice, & Indian Spice 450 140 3.21
DM: Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Cashew Curry 680 210 3.24
DM: MH Pro-Pak Lasagna w/ Meat Sauce 480 134 3.58
DM: MH Pro-Pak Chicken Teriyaki w/ Rice 450 134 3.36
DM: MaryJanesFarm Mac 'n Cheese (2) 930 284 3.27
DM: MH Pro-Pak Beef Stew 450 134 3.58
DM: MH Pro-Pak Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce (3) 1320 402 3.28
DM: MH Pro-Pak Rice & Chicken 580 146 3.97
DM: MH Mac & Cheese 930 208 4.47
Total 6720 1926 3.49

16 sesame snaps 3680 666 5.53
16 chocolate chip Z bars 2080 640 3.25
3 fruition bars 480 146 3.29
4 Bear Naked fruit/nut bars 960 246 3.90
4 Bear Naked tropical fruit bars 880 225 3.91
9 misc bars 1520 424 3.58
6 strawberry cereal bars 780 248 3.15
Total 10380 2595 4.00

dried mango 1784 520 3.43
dried apricots 583 212 2.75
raisins 750 232 3.23
cashews 2659 438 6.07
almonds 1337 236 5.67
beef jerky 1100 308 3.57
Total 8213 1946 4.22

M&M's 2000 400 5.00
Skittles 1600 400 4.00
Gummie candies 3066 1022 3.00
Total 6666 1822 3.66

22 hot chocolate 1760 500 3.52
8 gatorade mix pouches (makes 20 ounces each) 400 120 3.33
8 cream of wheat 1040 302 3.44
12 oatmeal 1740 482 3.61
Total 4940 1404 3.52

Grand Total 36519 9573 3.81

Based on past consumption and the boys being a little older and bigger, I estimated we'd need about 35,000 calories for the 5-day, 4-night trip. When we added everything together, it came out to 36,519 calories, and I was too lazy to try to figure out how to cut the last 1500 calories. As it turned out, I should have spent the effort.

Here's the list of food we had left after our trip:

Food Cal Grams
9 hot chocolate 704 200
raisins 343 106
M&M's 1030 206
1 cream of wheat 130 38
DM: MaryJanesFarm Lentils, Rice, & Indian Spice 450 140
1 Larabar 180 48
10 sesame snaps 2300 418
dried apricots 473 172
dried mango 171 50
almonds 691 122
cashews 486 80
1 Bear Naked tropical fruit bar 220 58
gummies 606 202
Total 7784 1840

So we had nearly 8000 calories and more then 4 pounds of food left over. The dehydrated meals were a treat at the end of each day; the only problem with them is their bulk. The sesame snaps had apparently previously melted and were stuck together, making them hard to eat. Plus, I was the only one eating them, so we had a ton left over. The kids gobbled up the Z bars, all 16 of them. Nathan discovered he liked beef jerky, so he ended up eating most of it himself.



Bedroom Kevin Jean Nathan
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 16.530 11.128 3.070

Liquids Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Water 4.000 4.000 2.000 2.000
Total 4.000 4.000 2.000 2.000

The above values are just estimates

Pack Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
Arcteryx Bora 95 short 7.500
Arcteryx Bora 62 regular 6.250
Deuter Fox 30 2.482
REI Tarn 18 1.168
Total 7.500 6.250 2.482 1.168


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
Canon A70 camera = strap 0.794
Total 5.608 0.794



Kevin Clothes Kevin
jacket 1.788
Fleece top 0.650
Long sleeve shirt 0.547
Long underwear 0.463
Gloves 0.163
Underwear (4) 0.516
Balaclava 0.094
Keen sandals 2.046
2 pairs liner socks 0.203
1 pair hiking socks 0.217
clothes bag 0.216
Total 6.903


Jean Clothes Jean
Jean's clothes (estimate) 5.000
Keen sandals 1.847
Total 6.847


Nathan Clothes Nathan
Fleece jacket 1.005
Windbreaker 0.520
Balaclava 0.066
Underwear (4) 0.326
Pajamas 0.375
Pull-ups (4) 0.348
Socks (2) 0.172
Keen sandals 0.688
Total 3.500


Jared Clothes Jared
Pull-ups (4) 0.331
Underwear (4) 0.238
Socks (3) 0.198
Pajamas 0.304
Balaclava 0.066
Jacket 0.644
Windbreaker 0.459
Keen sandals 0.688
Total 2.928



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
Magnetic chess set 0.291
Total 1.227 0.181 0.767 0.370



Kitchen Kevin Jean Nathan Jared
MSR Reactor stove + pot 1.155
Stove fuel (2 nearly full canisters) 1.400
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 420 grams (0.926 pounds). So I probably could have just brought one canister. But I like to be on the safe side when it comes to fuel.


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 (1 full roll) 0.304
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
Actual 65.0 37.0 14.0 8.0

It was too hard to list everything itemized per each person, since we did last-minute shuffling of items. I did do the final weigh-in, however, and 65 pounds was the most I ever carried, and probably 5 pounds too much. Jean and Nathan complained about the weight, but Jared never did. And Nathan still was generally fastest, even with a 14 pound pack. I felt slow and was slow, laboring under my big pack. I'd like to point out that I was carrying more than the rest of my family combined. That should change next year.


Worn
Trekking poles
Sunglasses
Hats
Altimeter watch


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