Step 3: Leave it home:

Pretty much a common sense thing here, if you don't need it, don't take it. If you have carried it in the past and you haven't needed it, or could get by without it, you can leave it home. If it's a luxury, consider if it's worth it's weight. Like the fuzzy purple bathrobe pictured above, do you really need it?
<p>Hammocks are nice but not that convenient in all situations (Hard to find that perfect spot to hang it ...) I brought one in a trip and finally I havent used it much because of that. </p><p>Most of the time I just carry : Sleeping bag, 2 tarps ( one small for under me, another one for over me ), light rope (maybe a inflatable mattress or mosquito net if I feel confortable :P ) </p><p>With the tarps and rope, you can build you own tent-ish shelter, and Its way lighter than a tent to carry. It have multiple uses too, and its more stealthy and quick to set than a tent (for urban camping ... )</p><p>Some solid tarps could be used as hammock too ! </p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Instant-Hammock/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Instant-Hammock/</a></p><p>I also function with the multifunction rule : The more uses for an object, the better ! For example, I carry a piece of fabric that I can use as a towel-scarf-improvised backpack-dress-skirt-extra blanket ... Or a liquid bio soap for hair-skin-dishes-clothes washing ... </p>
What size backpack should I use for Philmont
One of the best ways that I have found to lighten my pack is to Use A Smaller Pack. <br> <br>And the hammock is the only way to go, especially if you use a cheap foam pad (cut down somewhat) inside your sleeping bag and maybe a lightweight fly overhead.
You do still need a sleeping pad of some kind in a hammock because the combination of you compression the insulation in your sleeping bag against the hammock and the wind blowing underneath it mean the insulation properties of the sleeping bag are greatly reduced. It's best to have some form of pad that has enclosed air pockets (self inflating sleeping mad or a foam pad).
As an Ultra-lite backpacker, looking through this instructable and through the comments it amazes me how much some people carry.<br>My 3-season base weight (everything but food, water and fuel) is 10lbs. It's even hard for me to wrap my head around those cans. I'm not sure which side of the scale is crazier, but you guys are definitely manlier. Ha ha.
I think a water filter is super important. Water is so heavy! This is probably a given, but wasn't listed.
Yeah, it's a given. however, you still need to have the capacity to carry enough water if you find out that there won't be a water source. At philmont we all had the capacity to carry one and a half gallons, but would only carry three liters on average. Only when we would be going into a dry-camp, or not have a reliable water source nearby would we carry all 6 liters. As well, if you'll be able to boil water, a purifier isn't necessary. Water purification tablets are far lighter than a filter, but you have to wait for them to work. What you carry depends on where you're packing, and what you plan on doing.
I don't like to carry much more than about 30 Kg (60 pounds) and can easily go for a week with 20 Kg (40 pounds). light weight clothing you can layer is better than heavy warm jumpers.<br><br>A fleece and a plastic garbage bag for rain cover works fine - why carry a water proof jacket that will only weigh you down and make you sweat.<br><br>2 man tent rip stop nylon and a plastic cover sheet for painting sheet for a fly sheet - totally water proof and very light. If you going to be around trees even the tent poles can be replaced by a length of para cord between trees.<br><br>I know several walkers who only carry a tarp to make a bivi rather than a tent. even you survival bag will keep you dry and warm with a decent sleeping bag.<br><br>A friend carries a vacuum pump to store his sleeping bag in a plastic bag suck the air out and you will be surprised how small it can get.<br><br>I never never carry tins. Dried food and lots of trail rations Nuts dried fruit and chocolate both bars and to drink much better than coffee and warming as well as nourishing.
On the rare occasions I tent solo, I use a US military gore-tex bivy cover. Super light, 100% waterproof, and breathable.
The trick that helps for me is to sneak some of my gear into some elses backpack!<br>;-)
You're making me ache for Philmont, there's just nothing like standing on Baldy.

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