posted on May, 30 2011 @ 10:23 PM
Since I have a bad back and trashed shoulder from an accident, my BOB cannot weigh much. I also enjoy backpacking as a way to test my own skills and
make sure my gear will work for me when the time comes. Mind you, while my gear is expensive, I have done years of research on lightweight gear, and
put this together over more than 2 years time, so the expense was spread out.
One must also remember the cardinal rule of being out in mother nature....Cotton Kills!!!! Cotton doesn't dry quickly when saturated, from rain or
sweat, and that means potential hypothermia.
This is what I carry, and the weight, just so you get an idea of what can be done, for those of you who need to have your BOB remain as light as
Tent- Henry Shire's Tarptent- one man plus room for gear- 1lb 8oz with 1.5 oz drop cloth under neath for protection. Can eliminate cloth, but comes
in handy for other things like heavy rain and such.
Sleeping Bag- Marmot's 15F Helium- 2lb or Marmot's Coulior -0F-3lb Ratings for sleeping bags vary greatly, unless they are using the European
standard. Western Mountaineering makes great sleeping bags for larger folks, or those who feel confined by a standard mummy bag. =)
Sleep Mat- Exped's Downmat 7 or (for warmer climes) Synmat light- 2lb 2 oz or 14oz - The Downmat 7 is used by Everest expeditions and is rated to
well below zero. The Synmat is good to about +25F.
Clothing- wear synthetics that breathe well, remembering to layer for warmth where necessary. Merino wool or synthetic socks are recommended, with the
2 sock method being the best of all worlds. Carry 2 spare pairs of sox , or 4 (2 of each) to change out during the day if on your feet all day. Your
feet are your foundation. Treat them well and they will perform. Mistreat them and they will surely let you know. Added weight for 2/4 pr socks, 4-6
Boots- Merrell makes some great boots, that wear well and are comfortable right out of the box. No break in necessary. Cost less than your usual
hiking boots also.
Raingear- Lightweight top and bottom from Marmot. Weight about 1lb 1oz.
Water Purification- In a true SHTF scenario, one would most likely use boiling as the method to purify your water. However, a bandana comes in handy
to filter out the chunks or bad things before hand. For hiking use, I carry Aqua Mira, weight 3 oz. There are many other water filters out there, from
pump style to gravitational. All have their good points and bad. =)
Cooking- I would imagine one would use whatever was at hand..wood, cow chips, whatever...to cook your meals. For hiking use and practice, since fires
aren't allowed in many parts of the USA in the woods, I use a tiny stove with a small propane/iso mix bottle. Stove- 3.4 oz, fuel, 7oz
Hygiene- as a gal, I am past the "monthly" routine. So I carry a small package of kleenex (individual size packs) and a bandana, along with a few
baby wipes. The bandana of course is used as a "pee rag" and I keep it in its own bag, rinsing out once a day or so. Weight- under 3 oz total.
Compass- I carry a simple Brunson compass- weight 1 oz.
Sit pad- 1 oz- used to sit when resting...works great too for keeping your bum dry, or helping to keep sand and rocks out of your tent, or can even be
used to help pad your hip or shoulder area if your sleeping pad isn't enough to keep you comfortable.
The whole idea here is to keep your weight below 12 lbs for base weight- not including food, fuel or water. Ideally below 10 lbs is best.
Last but not least=
Backpack- ULA (Ultra Light Adventures) Circuit- 2lb 8 oz 60 ltr. Plenty big enough to pack all my gear, plus at least 3 weeks food.