Ayo is heading out east for ten days at the beginning of October and I’m psyched for the opportunity to do some overnight hiking. Reno has a desert climate and experiences huge temperature swings, particularly at this time of year. Yesterday’s high was 92 degrees, with a low of 43 degrees. I want to be able to camp comfortably now and to continue being able to camp through the winter. I also want to keep my pack as light as possible. Translation: New equipment.
Aside from some odds-and-ends, here are the main additions:
Camelbak Fourteener – A 2.5 pound bag with 1,650 cubic inches of interior capacity and with gear loops and pockets for exterior carrying. Its bladder holds 100 oz. of water, enough for a full day out. (I’ll either hike near / to a water source or tie on an extra gallon jug for overnighting.)
REI +10 Halo Mummy Bag – This 750 fill goose down bag is very warm and very comfortable. Rated to 10 degrees, the best part about it is its weight: 2.5 pounds.
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy – Okay, get this. A shelter that provides protection from the elements while giving me some space to read and store my pack. All at a weight of… 1 pound.
Big Agnes Iron Mountain Sleeping Pad – This should keep me warm and comfortable, putting me 2.5 inches off of the ground: 1.5 pounds.
Total weight of my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and backpack: 7.5 pounds. It’s not in the range of the top ultralight backpackers, but along with my 3-4 pounds of survival equipment it handily beats the normal base pack weight of 30 – 60 pounds. In terms of protection from the elements, my gear should keep me warm and dry through just about anything I would hike in. I’m looking forward to giving my gear a test drive next week! (It’s looking like my test drive will be a somewhat strenuous 17 mile hike to Paradise Lake, which is supposed to be gorgeous.)
posted by jay