Recently, I've started to get back into backpacking. I've been fascinated with the infatuation of the backpacking community with ultralight gear because I've never been a huge weight counter myself. My 2-3 day pack weight is around 35 pounds wet (i.e. weight including food and water). That's pretty heavy for most. However, it is sometimes hard for me to compare with backpackers who are not in the southwest because they are able to carry minimal water weight. If I'm hiking for two or three days in the Spring or Fall, with no water source present, I'm going to be carrying 5 liters of water with me. That's roughly 10 pounds right there.
To some that may seem awful, but to be honest, I don't mind it at all. I mean, unless I'm going to be climbing a 2500-3000 meter mountain, my pack weight doesn't bother me too much. And in that case, there will more than likely be a water source present so I can cut on water weight. Also, I enjoy having a two person tent because I value being able to have some extra room to relax at the end of the day. Below is my gear list for a two day trip (complete with pictures). I would love to hear any opinions on both my own gear as well as pack weight in general. Leave a comment!
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