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Ultralight backpacking sample gear list




When practicing the art of ultralight backpacking, every ounce counts. That’s why it’s a good idea to make a list of every single item you’ll be carrying, along with the weight of each item. That way you can easily tell what’s weighing you down.

Here is a sample packing list from a backpacker who participated in an ultralight trek last summer based out of the Montana Council’s Montana High Adventure Base.

  • Down Balaclava, 2.05 oz
  • Sunglasses, 0.82 oz
  • Sun Hat, 1.97 oz
  • Mosquito Head Net, 0.33 oz
  • Base Layer Clothing, 5 oz
  • Down Jacket, 7.67 oz
  • Rain Jacket, 7.69 oz
  • Wool Shirt, 5.06 oz
  • Down Gloves, 1.45 oz
  • Hiking Pants, 10 oz
  • Rain Pants, 3.57 oz
  • Down Pants, 10.64 oz
  • Boxer Briefs, 4.21 oz
  • Trail Shoes, 7.8 oz
  • Wool Socks, 2.51 oz
  • Gaiters,  1.89 oz
  • Down Quilt, 17.8 oz
  • Sleeping Pad, 8.7 oz
  • Bivy Sack, 5.10 oz
  • Pillow, 0.93 oz
  • Backpack, 1 pound, 13 oz
  • Pack Liner, 1.32 oz
  • Stuff Sacks, 0.67 oz
  • LED Flashlight, .28 oz
  • Sunscreen, 0.32 oz
  • Lip Protection, 0.34 oz
  • Compass, 0.95 oz
  • Whistle, 0.29 oz
  • Notebook, 2.08 oz
  • Bandana, 1.09 oz
  • Mug, 1.75 oz
  • Spoon, 0.27 oz
  • Water Bottle, 1.3 oz
  • Trekking Poles, 8.39 oz
  • Bug Spray, 0.30 oz
  • Pocketknife, 1.49 oz

For more information about ultralight backpacking, see the “Faster, Farther, Stronger and Lighter” article in the April 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

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Comments about “Ultralight backpacking sample gear list”

  1. Drews says:

    I think ultralight backpacking is the best kind, my pack weight is only 13 lbs without food

  2. McSpice! says:

    cool

  3. billy bob joe says:

    i got a pack that weights 3.5 0z a aleeping bag that is 12 0z and a tent that is 1 lb 3 0z from terra nova.

  4. owatagoosiam says:

    I noticed that food, patrol gear and water weren’t factored in…..

  5. randomguy says:

    i added it up and got about 9.89 pounds- thats pretty light for a camping trip!

  6. dingo says:

    looks like too much stuff to bring if you ask me

  7. Zman says:

    I like this list because my troop is leaving for Philmont this fall and gave me good ideas to use!

  8. Buckshot says:

    How many pounds did all this add up to?

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