Prodded by Scoutmaster Jerry’s post “So what’s in my backpack?”, here is what I carried on our eight-day trek in the Hoover and Emigrant. My base weight (not counting food and water) is on the lightweight side at under 25 pounds, but with at least five pounds of gear that other people might not bring, mostly the camera and Crazy Creek chair.
I’ll list the gear by category in decreasing order of weight, but first, a photo of everything that went into my pack laid out on my groundsheet, taken on day 7 of the trek.
On our Boy Scout trek in the Hoover and Emigrant Wilderness Areas, about half the crew brought basins made from the bottom of a plastic milk jug. Cut it just below the handle, and you have a free, ultralight basin.
The original idea was to use it to keep the freezer bag meals from falling over while they were rehydrating, but we kept finding new uses.
The least-expected use was for a bucket brigade to fight a single-tree wildfire that we found. The initial containment and a satphone report were done by Troop 959 from San Diego, but they needed to move on to evac an ill crewmember. Our crew (Troop 14, Palo Alto) took over and spent most of an hour putting it all the way out.
This is what my feet looked like after a day hike up Mount Diablo. All that dirt came through the mesh in my shoes and through my thick wool hiking socks. My feet may be dirty, but they were dry, cool, and happy.
Nice oak floors, too.
When we are out with Loken and he is working (he is very serious when he works), people sometimes ask (in a worried tone) whether he ever gets to play. The answer is “yes”. This is from our vacation to Oregon.