Light gear for old legs

Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by oldtimer, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. oldtimer

    oldtimer Hiker

    When I first started lightweight camping some 60 years ago, my rucksack before the days of titanium, nylon and goretex, weighed about 25 pounds in those pre-metric days.

    After many years of experience, experiment and expenditure my refined and modern pack now weighs about 11.25 kilograms.

    With increasing age, pack weight becomes of crucial importance and the critical balance between carrying enough for safety without carrying too much and thereby creating a hazard becomes a dilemma.

    By joining this forum, I hope to learn some tips for lightening the load while remaining safe on trips of several days in the Pyrenees and British Isles, mainly in Spring/Summer/Autumn.

    My current preoccupation is whether to swop the 2kg tent for a tarp+bivvy bag+mosquito net.
  2. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Hello and welcome to the Forum. :)
  3. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Welcome. There are halfway options between tents and tarp + bivy sack that can work out lighter (and drier).
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  4. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Hi and welcome. Join the club…….quite a few of us in the same 'boat'/tent ;).
    I decided the 'bivvy/tarp' option wasn't for me :( and there are tents available now that weigh less than 1Kg :thumbsup:
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  5. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Welcome, and as others have already said bivy/tarp isn't the only way to cut weight from your shelter.

    I'd guess there's probably another 2-4 Kg that might be easy to lose from your pack, as after all 11.25Kg isn't a huge step forward from 25lb!
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  6. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    1Kg of which may be from the pack itself. The lighter the rest of the kit gets, the lighter the pack carrying it can be.
  7. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Indeed, the infamous big three (shelter, sleeping bag/pad, backpack) are a good place to lose weight.

    I guess I'm around 2Kg for that (trailstar ~700g, quilt 430g, pad 380g, pack 560g), looks like the easy win for me would be a smaller (cuben?) shelter and lighter pad.
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  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Probably best to loose the weight on all the stuff that goes in the pack, before you 'downsize' the pack itself :)
    - A gearlist posted up will bring along all the 'UL gear freaks' on here, to make "helpful" suggestions :D
  9. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Welcome to the forum. I make 11.25kg 25lb :D
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  10. Tom Finding

    Tom Finding Trekker

    I guess that's what Oldtimer is saying. Modern 'lightweight' sometimes isn't actually any lighter than old lightweight if you aren't careful/ obsessive. 'Lightweight' is sometimes just a word used by advertisers to get you to part with your cash.
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  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to the forum oldtimer :)

    It would be really interesting to see a 60 year old lightweight kit list sometime if you can remember it all, and how it compares to modern equivalents
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  12. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Hello Oldtimer and welcome to the forum :)

    Same Oldtimer off BCUK?
  13. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Hello and welcome. Lots of experience and ideas to learn from on this forum...!
  14. oldtimer

    oldtimer Hiker

    That's me. Recognise quite a few other familiar soubriquets here, enough to make me feel at home already. I guess there is a lot of overlap of interests, just a difference of focus and priorities. It seems to me to be a good place to keep up with recent developments in kit.

    Introduced to car camping with my parents, I started off cycle camping in my early teens but feel happiest on foot in the wilds for days at a time. Now I'm in my late 70's, my main activity nowadays is camper-van based (I have always referred to it as my motorised back pack) and the lightweight camping ethos helps to keep it free of clutter. However, I do like to spend a few nights "wild camping" (I used to call it camping) in the Pyrenees or stealth camping in the Thames Valley.
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