Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

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Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby wildwanderer » Sun 17 Mar, 2019 7:28 pm

Rainy day here in Sydney so I got out the scales and loaded up excel. Came up with a ultra light overnight gear list based on what I currently own.
Hope to test it within the next 2 weeks.

Any one else want to have a crack? How low can you go :lol:

Summer/Autumn Ultralight Overnight Gear List
Designed for night time temps 10C and above.

Shelter/ Mat
Gatewood cape/tarp (sil nylon)
Polycro Gnd sheet
6 ti pegs
Sea to summit nano suspended bug net
Nemo tensor 20s 3/4 length inflatable mat
= 708 grams

Pack/Pole/Sit mat
Osprey talon 18L Pack
Pack liner (garbage bag)
Komperdell walking/tent pole (single)
Foam sit mat and extra garbage bag to sit on.
= 823 grams

Clothing/Sleep system
Target night temprature +10C
OR Hooded Down Jacket. 195g of down fill.
Beanie
Mountain designs cold weather 160gsm Fleece pants
thick wool blend socks
= 846 grams

Rain gear
Columbia Rain jacket with hood
= 333 grams

Cooking
Ti 500ml pot/mug with lid
Soto Amicus stove
ti long spoon
=227 grams

Water
2 x 1l PET bottles
6 x water purification tabs
= 61 grams

First Aid/Sanitary
First Aid Kit
setopress snake bite bandage x1 and 1/2
toilet paper
mini tube sanitiser
mini tube repellent
mini tub sunscreen
=205 grams

Emegency + Navigation
Garmin inreach mini
Mobile phone with nav app
Black Diamond headtorch
keys/wallet
=450 grams

Base weight
=3.683 kg


Consumables
Food for 1 and 1/2 days = 1kg
Water 1L = 1kg
Gas. 1/3 full 110 canister = 148 grams
= 2.148kg total.

Grand Total
= 5.831 kg


The purpose was to see how light I could go with my existing stuff without reaching stupid light.. (well maybe i did a bit with a 3.6 kg base weight)

Be interesting to see if I made the right choice with leaving the quilt at home and instead bringing extra warm clothing. My reasoning was the location I'l test this doesnt allow fires and so I wanted gear to be warm during the evening at camp. Past experience shows the down jacket and fleece pants combo should keep me warm at about 8-10C and above. And i can always put on the rain jacket and put my legs into my pack if I need a boost.

Idealy Id like a summer/autumn quilt as my winter one is -10C rated and at 780 grams is a bit heavy for this gear list. Hopefully Costco does the BD throw Quilts again soon.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby andrewa » Sun 17 Mar, 2019 8:36 pm

You’d survive, but I’d personally prefer to somehow add a v light quilt, and offload other stuff.

Eg why have an inflatable mat, when you could have 100x40cm of 3mm “portable concrete” ( ie closed cell foam mat); replace suspended but net with a head net (as you now have a quilt), get rid of foam sit mat, as your portable concrete can be folded to sit on, reduce weight of rain jacket (eg frog togs, or Z-packs if $ to spare), minimise first aid kit....all this would allow a quilt.

It really comes down to survive vs comfortable vs fun. I’m aiming for the lighter aspect of the fun end....but I make my own gear to minimise weight, and maximise multipurpose.

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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby wildwanderer » Sun 17 Mar, 2019 8:50 pm

andrewa wrote:You’d survive, but I’d personally prefer to somehow add a v light quilt, and offload other stuff.

Eg why have an inflatable mat, when you could have 100x40cm of 3mm “portable concrete” ( ie closed cell foam mat); replace suspended but net with a head net (as you now have a quilt), get rid of foam sit mat, as your portable concrete can be folded to sit on, reduce weight of rain jacket (eg frog togs, or Z-packs if $ to spare), minimise first aid kit....all this would allow a quilt.

It really comes down to survive vs comfortable vs fun. I’m aiming for the lighter aspect of the fun end....but I make my own gear to minimise weight, and maximise multipurpose.

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Thanks for the feedback.

Ideally id prefer the costco BD quilt. At 460 grams it would be perfect. and cause its $30 Id happily ditch most of the warm clothing and use the costco quilt for warmth while sitting up at camp where as my $460 quilt im a bit more careful of. However I think il have to wait until late April before they stock them again in Australia.

I need an inflatable mat to have a good nights sleep. Ive tried and failed to sleep well on close cell foam.

Rain jacket, I could swap to a lighter but I like this rain jacket as it doesnt wet out.

First aid kit is already fairly minimal, what weighs a bit is the compression snake bandages (not leaving them behind) and the sanitiser, sunscreen and repellant. All custom mini tubes/bottles but it does add up

bug net.. I do own a head net as well but I dont find it comfortable to sleep with. Plus Id be paranoid leaches or crawlies would be making their way to me :lol:

I should mention, that the down jacket is a very good insulator (190 grams of 800 loft power fill.) I take it down to 0 and im warm. Thats sitting up at camp and eating (no fire). So im estimating I wont be cold sleeping in the current temps as its still 15C+ at night. I wouldnt be pushing this setup into winter though.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby ChrisJHC » Mon 18 Mar, 2019 7:30 pm

You could replace the tarp/bug net/stakes with a bivvy bag with built in bug net.
Nowhere near as comfortable as a tarp if it’s raining but you’ll survive.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby ribuck » Mon 18 Mar, 2019 8:03 pm

In NSW there are places where we can have a fire and sleep under a rock overhang. So I would ditch the tarp, the bug net, the stove, the gas canister, the purification tablets, and the sitmat.

But I need a full length mat and something over me at night, even if it's just a sheet.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby johnw » Tue 19 Mar, 2019 12:47 pm

wildwanderer wrote:what weighs a bit is the compression snake bandages (not leaving them behind)

Not suggesting to compromise safety but do you need two of them? Would just the wider one do?
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby wildwanderer » Tue 19 Mar, 2019 2:24 pm

johnw wrote:
wildwanderer wrote:what weighs a bit is the compression snake bandages (not leaving them behind)

Not suggesting to compromise safety but do you need two of them? Would just the wider one do?


Was a bit of discussion a month or so ago on this and based on the advice given Ive added an extra bandage.

Apparently best practice is a small compression bandage around the bite site for venom stasis and then a longer one encompassing the entire limb from top to bottom.

So thats why I have a large compression bandage and then I cut up a second one to make the smaller length.

Ref - to discussion: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=28943&start=30#p366725
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby johnw » Tue 19 Mar, 2019 3:03 pm

wildwanderer wrote:Apparently best practice is a small compression bandage around the bite site for venom stasis and then a longer one encompassing the entire limb from top to bottom.

So thats why I have a large compression bandage and then I cut up a second one to make the smaller length.

Ref - to discussion: http://www.bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic ... 30#p366725

Thanks, I must have missed reading that bit :)

Then the only other suggestion is to eat less :wink:
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 03 Apr, 2019 5:25 pm

I'll have a crack at it.
But for snow when white season hits. I didn't do my usual quick ski over to Hotham from Pretty Valley last ski season given the new hip and everything I was very tentative about pushing myself..
But I need some guidance as to what you consider UL for snow and expected overnite temperatures of -10C
I have some new and untested UL toys to play with and a pack a full kilo lighter than my WE Alpine Expedition
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby Gippsmick » Wed 03 Apr, 2019 7:53 pm

Nice wildwanderer. What's your comfort level. Would be fun to see how far you can push this. Number one rule for packing - don't pack your fears.
Ditch the pegs and use sticks. Ditch the foam sit pad and just sit on the garbage bag. Are you expecting rain - if not ditch the jacket and rely on your shelter/tarp if it does rain. Carry 1 PET bottle and a platypus if you need more water capacity. Go stoneless and cold soak. Other than a band aid when was the last time you used anything from your first aid kit? Are you planning to walk at night - if not trade the black diamond head lamp for a petzel elite. Garmin in reach mini - yeah you better take that.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby enlightened0ne » Mon 15 Apr, 2019 11:44 am

Why do you bring a rain jacket as well as a hardwood cape? I thought the point of the cape was to do double duty. You could always bring a windshirt if it’s for wind protection while walking.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby wildwanderer » Mon 15 Apr, 2019 4:46 pm

enlightened0ne wrote:Why do you bring a rain jacket as well as a hardwood cape? I thought the point of the cape was to do double duty. You could always bring a windshirt if it’s for wind protection while walking.


Mostly because I don't own a wind shirt but also because I've intergrated the Gatewood Cape with a sts 80gram nano bugnet. Not to big a deal but I'd rather not untie/retie the shockcord connecting the net to the Cape potentially in the rain/mud.

Even though I'm attempting to go very light I'm still making compromises for comfort/usability.

Should hopefully be able to test this weekend:D

Will tweak from there.. lots of good suggestions re going even lighter ie replacing the black diamond with a e-lite etc it just comes down to what I currently own.

(I wish Costco would hurryup and stock the diamond throw quilts again)
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 19 Apr, 2019 7:50 pm

Returned from my overnight UL gear experiment trip. It went really well. Total weight including food/water was 5.6kg. Base weight about 3.7kg. Gave a silent chuckle passing a few people huffing and puffing with 15-20kg packs and doing the same distance/walk as me. Only thing different from above list was I took only single 1L water bottle and added a empty 2L bladder for camp water. Also reduced the food down to 700-800 grams. Which proved ample.

The down jacket and fleece pants worked fine, in fact because it was a mild night, I was actually too hot and needed to unzip the jacket. My pack made a decent pillow and I used my shoes/water bottles to stretch out the bug net to create more room inside.

After cooking a nice meal of cous cous, melted cheese, veges and salami I realised i had no washing up liquid or sponge. :oops: However did the old fill up the pot with sand/dirt trick . Was a great cleaner, smell remover. Quick rince with water and good as new. :)

I practised packing/unpacking inside the tarp, as I wanted to see how it would work if I needed to setup in the rain. Should work fine.

The only thing I need to do differently is find a good pole extender for my trekking pole. My pole comes to 100cm, I really need 110-120cm to maximise the interior headroom of the tarp. Currently using a cheap chinese extender and it sucks as doesn’t fit so i needed to velcro it (badly) to the trekking pole.

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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby Neo » Sun 15 Sep, 2019 8:15 pm

I'm going to dabble in this. I have most of the bits aready! See if I can do 5kg instead of 10, for one night fitness walks.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby Mark F » Sun 15 Sep, 2019 9:46 pm

Getting to 5kg +- 0.5kg is not particularly difficult for above freezing conditions. Getting below 4kg requires a fair bit more effort, so congrats ww.
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Re: Overnight Ultralight Trip setup Challenge

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 16 Sep, 2019 3:03 pm

I didn't have a great winter but I did try my best. I got it down to 14kilos all up with fuel and food and I was cold at a soggy -5 to -8C I am full of admiration for those hardy folk who can really travel as light as 5 kilos. As I noted in the other thread I also ate 3 days food allowance in only 2 days but I plead ill health there or insufficient clothing.
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