Our Gear

We are trying to go as light as possible without purchasing all-new equipment. We’ll be using:

Black Diamond Lighthouse Tent
Weight : 3 lbs. 3 oz. (plus a few ounces for p-cord guy lines)

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32
Weight 1 lb. 7 oz. / 640 g.

Phil’s pad: ThermaRest Neo Air Short
9oz.

Apryle’s pad: Womens ThermaRest Prolite
11oz.

Apryle’s Pack: Golite Lite-Speed
2.3 lbs (minus frame sheet)
Volume: 2,600 cu in (42 liters)… I’m not convinced that my pack is actually larger volume than Phil’s. I think they must be counting water bottle pockets and all sorts of strange spaces.

Phil’s Pack: Black Diamond Speed 28
2 lb 5 oz (but probably a bit lighter since we took out the frame sheet)
Volume: 28 liters (1,709 cu in)

Stove: Home-made Cat Food Can Stove
less than 1 oz
Made from a 5 oz cat food can (thanks Pam Evans!). Burns de-natured alcohol.

Cookware: MSR Alpine 2 Liter Pot
Along with a modified windscreen borrowed from a Whisperlite service kit.

Headlamps
Phil is carrying a 10 year old Petzl Tikka; Apryle a 4 year old Myo XP.

Water Treatment
Polar Pure iodine. Hands down the best option out there. At 3oz, it tastes pretty good. Not to mention that a bottle treats thousands of quarts of water, has indefinite shelf life, and takes hardly any time and even less effort as compared to mechanical filtration.

Hydration: MSR Dromedary Bag 6 liter, along with a 1 liter Nalgene bottle
The bag allows us to get through a dry camp, and the Nalgene lets us drink tea or fill our bladder. Hydration bladder, that is.

What else? ?Up to 14 lbs of food at a time, clothing and sunglasses, a Canon Powershot SX100IS camera and a few extra memory cards, 4oz of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender soap, a small first aid kit, some Eneloop rechargeable batteries, a pair of Rite-in-the-Rain Journals, feminine hygiene products, comb (Apryle doesn’t want dreds), sunscreen, a phone card, credit card, driver’s license.

Base pack weights come in around 13 lbs, pushing 30lbs with food and water. Not too bad. We could probably do a bit better with a tarp tent and down quilt, but didn’t want to spent the $$$ this time around.

Sea kayaking paddling the inside passage expedition kayaking expedition inside passage inside passage 2009 sea kayaks how to choose an expedition kayak touring kayak touring kayaking Image 01 Image 02