Living in SoCal, I’m at a bit of an advantage in keeping my pack baseweight down. I rarely have to worry about inclement weather, so I can afford to dispense with some gear much of the time. I strive to keep my gear baseweight in the low 7 lb to mid 6lb range most of the time. And when I don’t feel like taking a shelter, which is most of the time, I get my baseweight down to mid 5lb range.
I’ve selected the gear I carry based on weight and efficiency, efficiency of time being most important to me (why I don’t cook, have a blow up mattress, or like to set up a shelter) In those few instances, I’ve compromised on weight, just so I can save time. An example of that would be choosing the sawyer mini filter as opposed to chlorine dioxide tablets, which are notably lighter in weight, but can take hours to fully work.
My gear choices are based on my confidence and experience in the outdoors. If there is one thing true is Mors Kochanski’s maxim—”The more you know the less you need.” Ultralight backpacking is one area where Woodslore really helps.
You’ll notice I don’t have any cook gear, or jar for cold soaking dehydrated food. Again, it is another example of one of those things about wasting time. I don’t enjoy cleaning cookware, at all. I much rather snack on nuts, cheeses, peanut butter, salami, etc.
Below, I’ve listed the items I normally carry. For the items that come in and out of my kit, Such as tarp, stakes and rain jacket, I’ve left the quantity at Zero, so it doesn’t affect the weight I typically carry. With the addition of those items, my pack weighs in at 7.16lbs. Without those items, my pack weighs in at 5.63lbs. In addition, sometimes, but not always, I go without the DeLorme InReach (Depends on if I will have cell coverage where I go) which will drop my weight down to 5.2lbs.
Mobile phone users may find some of the data is cut off. This link will take you to the site where you can see it correctly… https://lighterpack.com/r/1xrcal
You’ll notice, with the exception of socks, I don’t carry a change of clothes. Everything is designed to be layered on what I am already wearing. The socks are just to switch out to at the end of a long day of hiking and dry out the ones I’ve worn through out the day. If my shirt gets sweaty, I may take it off and just put on the fleece, while the shirt dries out.
Hope the list helps some of you out. In the future I’ll do a list to include my “skinout” weight— what I wear and what’s in my pockets, mobile phone, tiny flashlight, keys, shoes, etc