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JAK
2004-04-28, 04:46
Hope you guys don't mind a newbie with half baked ideas.

What if for Spring/Summer/Fall we could do away with backpack, sleeping bag & shelter ? Just a small satchel for carrying food, firestarter, pot, spoon, map, compass, knife. Hiking clothes = shoes, socks, shorts, fleece top, fleece hat, fleece gloves. To this we add nothing more than the following:
1. Rain poncho / tarp, 2 pegs, 2 short chords.
2. Fleece blanket, 51" x 8' that can be worn as poncho. ( maybe 2 ?)
3. Fleece blanket, 51" x 8' that can be worn as kilt.
4. 72" x 24" x 3/8" blue foam pad
5. 2 Orange Garbage Bags (1 slit at bottom)
All of this rolls up inside the blue foam pad, tied with the 2 short chords. This bedroll is carried at the small of the back. The satchel is carried in front and attaches to bedroll over shoulder and around waist with water bottle on front straps. The whole thing slings over one shoulder or two ?

With 3-4 layers of fleece inside of garbage bags and a bunch of extra forest debris mixed in it might be possible to stay fairly warm down to 32*F under the poncho tarp. Dry stuff in wet spring conditions( birch bark scraps & broken fir boughs? )

Using 100 wt fleece allows multiple layers, 51" x 16' = 3.5 pounds?
Is this the stuff - durable, warm and quick drying when wet ?
P1 7772 4 way str N/P Shl w/DWR Navy 21C7 51 10.76 8.39 n/a ?
http://www.owfinc.com/Fabrics/Fleece/P100.asp

Total weight calculation:

Shoes = 20 oz ( light cross-country running shoes )
Insoles = 1 oz ( from blue foam pad )
Heavy Wool Socks = 3 oz
Neoprene Socks 3mm = 5 oz
Fuzzy Leggings = 2 oz (from cheap acrylic socks, also worn at night)
Plaid Flannel Boxer Shorts = 4 oz ( gotta have a tartan somewhere )
Fleece Top = 10 oz
Hat = 1.5 oz
Gloves = 1.5 oz
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Clothes Worn = 3 lbs

Blue Foam Pad = 10 oz
Rain Poncho,pegs,chord = 10 oz
51" x 16' 100wt Fleece = 56 oz
Orange Garbage Bags
Nylon Satchel & 'webbing' straps = 4 oz
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Kilt,Poncho,Sleeping,Shelter = 5 lbs

Cone shaped wind screen hobo stove - spreads flat = 5 oz
1QT Aluminum Pot w/ handle - fit down into stove = 4 oz
Spoon = 0.5 oz
Knife = 1.5 oz
Firestarter (magnesium&flint) = 1 oz
1 qt Nalgene + 1 qt PET = 4 oz ( Nalgene for hot drinks on the go ?)
Water treatment Aquamira = 1 oz ( using smaller bottles )
Headlamp Petzl Zipka = 3 oz. ( if cold at night - move ? )
Map, Compass, Watch, Whistle, Duct-tape, First Aid = 4 oz
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Cooking & Bushcraft = 1.5 lbs

Food (3 days) = 4.5 pounds ( some food rolled up in bedroll )
Water = 2 pounds

3 pounds worn + 6.5 pounds carried + 6.5 pounds food&water
= 16 pounds (skin out)

p.s. A down vest is probably in order before a second fleece poncho ?

SGT Rock
2004-04-28, 07:58
I like my hammock too much, but it could be done.

JAK
2004-04-28, 18:18
Yes. I think I need one more summer of rolling around in it, then I need to get myself up into a hammock. Definitely need to get out more.

Sgathak
2004-05-18, 10:40
Why not just use a real wool great kilt?

Theres a reason the Highlanders wore them in that oasis of warm weather we know today as Scotland. A simple wool kilt, with its lanoline still in the wool can be used as clothing, blanket, poncho, tent, pack, and so on... Highlanders would sleep in the snow wearing just thier great kilts and a Leine, maybe toss on a reiver vest if it looked to get chilly.

Add on a day sporran (with your basic items), some moggan (if your feeling extra whimpy), some ghillies, and your good to go. Might want to add a Tam as well, but thats just for looks ;)

And speaking of looks, I shudder to think what 8 yards of fleece looks like in pleats.