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At under $700, this is a good example of how you can assemble a great kit of light gear for not too much money—even tho it’s over 10 years old. While much of the gear on this list not the latest model, there are current inexpensive analogs for much of the gear on this list.

  Summary of Weights
Lbs Cost Item
1.4 $150 Sleeping
1.2 $80 Shelter
1.9 $106 Clothes packed
1 $144 Pack & stuff sacks
1.2 $31 Essentials
0.9 $47 Cooking, water, food storage
7.6 $511 Base Pack Weight
3.7 $177 Items worn or carried
11.3 $688 Total FSO
Sleeping
Oz Lbs Cost Item
17 1.06 $140 RAB Top Bag
4.8 0.3 $10 Foam pad 20×45
1.36 Total
Shelter
Oz Lbs Cost Item
9 0.56 $55 6×8 Campmor Tarp
2.3 0.14 6 aluminum stakes
15.3 n/a Sil Shelter $150
2 n/a 2 tent poles for Sil Shelter $7
1.5 0.09 $15 50′ Triptease shelter cord
1.7 0.11 $10 OR bug headnet
4.5 0.28 Tyvek Ground Sheet
1.19 Total
Essentials
Oz Lbs Cost Item
2 0.13 Maps & stuff in zip loc
1.2 0.08 $6 Compass, basic
1 0.06 Prescription glasses
0.6 0.04 $20 Pockt Bright blue LED light
0.2 0.01 Whistle
4 0.25 Boo boo (1st aid) kit
1.5 0.09 Sunscreen & chap stick
1 0.06 Lighter, b’candle, matches
1.1 0.07 $5 H2O purify tablets
2 0.13 Jungle juice & Bio Soap
2 0.13 TP, toothbrush, toothpaste
1.9 0.12 Duct Tape 1oz, Bandana 0.9oz
1.4 0.09 Cred card, $$, permit, pen, paper
1.24 Total
Clothes packed
Oz Lbs Cost Item
7.2 0.45 $35 Sil nylon rain poncho
8.2 0.51 $25 Cirrus vest
6 0.38 $20 Ltwt MTS zip-T
4.8 0.3 $6 Light Poly bottoms
1 0.06 $6 Light Poly balaclava
1.3 0.08 $4 Lt. poly gloves
2.5 0.16 $10 Trail running socks (spare)
1.94 Total
Pack & stuff sacks
Oz Lbs Cost Item
14 0.88 $110 Golite Breeze (frameless rucksack)
2 n/a Sil Nylon Pack Liner
1 0.06 $14 Grn Sil Nylon clothes stuff
1.4 0.09 $20 Golite sleep bag stuff sack
1.03 Total
Cooking, water, food storage    
Oz Lbs Cost Item
Oz Lbs Cost Item
0.5 0.03 $3 Mesh food stuff sack
4 0.25 50′ food rope
1.2 0.08 $6 2 liter platypus
4 0.25 $20 Platy 2 L zip hoser
4.5 0.28 $18 Seychelle inline filter
0.89 Total
Items worn or carried 
Oz Lbs Cost Item
30.5 1.91 $35 Solomon Wind Raid Shoes
2.5 0.16 $10 Trail running socks
12.8 0.8 $40 REI convert. pants w belt
6 0.38 $40 Railriders ecomesh shirt L
2 0.13 $20 Sun Hat
1 0.06 Prescription Raybans
2.4 0.15 Watch
1.3 0.08 $32 SA Classic knife, Photon, Lanyard
3.66 Total
Potential List Changes 
For +20 low temperatures add:
15.3 0.96 Sil Shelter $150
2 0.13 2 tent poles for Sil Shelter $7
13.4 0.84 PreCip rain jacket M $99
2.8 0.18 Heavy Poly Balaclava
8.1 0.51 Mid wt zip T MTS (REI)
2.3 0.14 Fingerless fleece gloves
12 0.75 Marmot DriClime Omni Jacket
4.1 0.26 Silk Bag Liner: 4.5 w sack
Remove:
6 -0.38 Ltwt MTS zip-T
6 -0.38 Railriders ecomesh shirt L
1 -0.06 Light poly balacalva
7.2 -0.45 Sil nylon rain poncho
9 -0.56 6×8 Campmor Tarp
9.6 Basic Pack Weight
12.4 FSO
For unexpected snow add:
3.7 0.23 Seal Skins socks M
2.5 0.16 Minigaiters Trail Racer II
8 Basic Pack Weight
11.69 FSO
For +20 & Possible Snow (above 2 additions combined):
9.8 Basic Pack Weight
12.6 FSO
For rainier trips. E.g. East Coast. Add:
2 0.13 Sil Nylon Pack Liner
3 0.19 Sil nylon rain chaps (custom)
7.96 Basic Pack Weight
11.61 FSO
If fishing add:
6 0.38 GL3 Fly rod w/o case
5.2 0.33 Fly reel, sci. anglers
8.5 0.53 All other flyfishing stuff
8.88 Basic Pack Weight
12.53 FSO
If cooking with partner add:
3.5 0.22 Snowpeak Giga stove
6.5 0.41 4 oz Snow peak fuel (est wt)
0.5 0.03 Foil Windscreen
4.3 0.27 MSR Ti Kettle with lid
1.9 0.12 Evernew Ti Mug
0.35 0.02 plastic spoons
1.07 Additional weight
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