The Smokies In August

Yet again, I am heading out for an overnight trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park! I will be heading up the same trail I have already been up twice this year, the Alum Cave Trail, and staying in the shelter on top of Mt LeConte, the Smokies third highest mountain (only by a few feet really…) The only difference this time will be the gear that I will be carrying, both in weight and in size.

Over the last few months I have been trying to go lighter and smaller with my gear. I have accomplished this to a certain degree. So for this trip I will take advantage of this! I will be carrying a 25 Liter REI Trail Pack with a total weight of ~ 14 lbs! This includes everything: pack, food, water, clothes, cook system, sleep system, etc… The only major item I am leaving behind is my shelter (which is a 20 oz tarp) since I am hiking a short distance in (5 miles 1-way)  and staying at a shelter overnight. (I will say that this is still no reason not to carry a shelter, however there will be 4 other guys with me and this trail is a heavily used trail, especially this time of year. IMO, this is where I can use my own judgment, and this is my choice.) So, anyway. Following is a video I did unpacking the pack with my stuff inside and then a full list with weights of the items I am carrying. (I will also say that I may include a small piece of Tyvek or something for a ground sheet inside the shelter. This is both for protection for my sleeping pad (NeoAir) as well as keeping it clean. This will add another 4 – 5 oz.)

Now, on with the show…

And now the Gear List

REI 25 Liter Trail Pack    25 oz
GoLite RS 1+ Season Quilt    27.1 oz
Jag Bag Fine Silk Liner    3.6 oz
NeoAir (Large)    13.8 oz
Exped Air Pillow    3.2 oz
1 Gallon Ziploc for Garbage    0.4 oz
Backcountry 700 ml Ti Pot (Lid & SS)    4.3 oz
Gram Weenie Pro Alcohol Stove    0.7 oz
Windscreen & Heat Shield    1 oz
REI Long Handle Ti Spoon    0.5 oz
Light My Fire Scout Fire Steel    1 oz
~ 6 oz HEET in 2 fuel bottles    6.7 oz
REI Plastic Mug    1.8 oz
Small Towel (wrap stove in)    0.2 oz
100 oz Camelbak w/ ~ 40 oz H2O    45 oz
32 oz Nalgene Wide-Mouth Cantene (empty)    2.2 oz
Aqua Mira Drops    3.2 oz
First-Aid Kit (Homemade) w/ Extra Batteries, rope, etc…    6.1 oz
Vivitar Digital Camera    4 oz
Carabiner    0.8 oz
Blue Foam Pad (sit pad & pack structure)    1.4 oz
Trekking Poles**    19.5 oz
Princeton Tec Fuel Headlamp    2.3 oz
Gerber Paraframe Knife**    2.6 oz
OR 15 L Dry Sack (for sleeping bag/clothes)    2.6 oz
Map (in Ziploc)    3.6 oz
MSR Medium Nano Packtowel    1.3 oz
Small Toothbrush    0.6 oz
Travel Size Toothpaste    0.9 oz
Wet Wipes    1.8 oz
Ziploc w ID, etc…    1 oz
Cell Phone    5.8 oz
Watch**    1.3 oz
Under Armour Sleeping Shorts (carried)    6.7 oz
1 Pr SmartWool Hiking Socks (worn)    2.9 oz
1 Pr SmartWool Hiking Socks (carried)    2.9 oz
1 Pr Under Armour Boxer Briefs (worn)    2.8 oz
Columbia Convertible Hiking Pants (worn)    12.6 oz
Outdoor Research Dune Shirt (worn)                6.2 oz
Patagonia R1 Flash Pullover (carried)     12.8 oz
Cheap Poncho (Rain/Pack Cover)    1.5 oz
LOWA Renegade GTX Mid Boots    50.2 oz
Food    24 oz

Carried (Including Pack)    219.8 oz / 13.74 lbs
** / Worn (Including Trekking Poles)   98.1 oz / 6.13 lbs
Total    (Carried + Worn)   317.9 oz / 19.87 lbs

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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4 Responses to The Smokies In August

  1. Pingback: Year 1: In Review | Stick's Blog

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  3. Charles says:

    Hey,Stick nice report.


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