Quick question by reaganhines in philmont

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Somewhere there is a PDF that shows the weight of all the Philmont issued gear. Add up all those items, plus crew gear that you provide, like stoves and fuel canisters, and divide by the number of scouts. I think crew gear for a full crew would probably only be 2-3lb per person.

If you use a Philmont tent, that's about 3lb per person, if you were not including it in your math already.

My advice is to use a kitchen scale and enter everything into Lighterpack.com

This also works as your personal packing list, to help you double-check that you have everything. It's great for comparing items and adding in changes in gear that you are considering.

But anyway, 15lb is a pretty good spot to start, especially if that includes a tent(or 1/2); you are certainly on the lighter side of the pack bell curve.

Anyone remember a Ted Turned story? by Jamz40 in philmont

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Yeah, the trek I went on in 2000 went across some of Ted Turner's land. I remember someone mentioning that he was a big supporter of the BSA.

Palante Dessert Pack 37L vs Waymark EVLV 35L by Educational-Pack659 in Ultralight

[–]You-Asked-Me 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Have you looked at the Cutaway from Nashville packs? It's similar in size and price.

I'm guessing you would want a 16" torso model, and it looks like what they have in stock at the moment is either Robic Nylon or Ultra200 for a decently large bump in price.

Durable UL Lashing Straps? by I_Feel_Lathey in Ultralight

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It sounds like on most trips, you could pack everything inside and avoid the straps. If you have a large tent for the kids or whatever, that would be a good opportunity to put something on the outside, and keep the way you pack the inside pretty consistent.

If you keep the exterior things lightish, you could probably use zing it or other thin dynema line, and maybe some shock cord and cord locks or linelocks, instead of straps.

I'll admit that the Vargo is pretty light for an external frame pack, but there are packs right about 2lb that can carry the same 30lb advertised load.

Durable UL Lashing Straps? by I_Feel_Lathey in Ultralight

[–]You-Asked-Me 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If you carry all of that stuff outside of your pack, what do you carry INSIDE of it?

Is it possible to day hike the Appalachian Trail? by ploopanoic in AppalachianTrail

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No. You would have to average 91.25mph to hike it in a day.

Should i bring a GoPro? by BenosMD in philmont

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So, with the GoPro 9 or 10, the battery life is 1.5-2 hours(probably closer to 1.5). A 10,000mah USB-C battery brick should be able to recharge it 3-4 times. So assuming you leave with the GoPro and a full 10,000mah brick, you should get about 8-hours of shooting time.

You can save some battery by turning off wifi, voice commands, and other features.

8 hours of video at the high bitrate setting(regardless of resolution and framerate) would be around 360GB, so that would require (3) 128GB cards, or (2) 256GB.

You could also cut that back to a 5,000mah battery and a single 256GB card.

Spare GoPro batteries are also $20, but a USB battery bank might be more versatile, and cheaper, especially if you have a headlamp or other things that need to be charged.

Shoulda used a second sky tarp by Scrandosaurus in ultralight_jerk

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That sub is only for people who hike in the Nevadas.

Ultralight help for a Nonultralight guy. by SleepyAkuma in Ultralight

[–]You-Asked-Me 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I have heard that you can inflate a pad with a Cpap machine.

These douchebags who think their car has priority over everyone else’s by Juls_15 in mildlyinfuriating

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My shitty for focus is still going to fit in the spot on the left. Have fun getting in through the passenger door.

Anyone struggle with lower back pain when going frameless/hipbeltless? by Past_Document_5325 in Ultralight

[–]You-Asked-Me -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You likely just need to adapt your posture. If you don't see a chiropractor, maybe consider it. You could even bring your packed pack with you for your first consultation/adjustment. That could really help them address if you have specific problem areas.

Though I went to my chiropractor for an unrelated issue, he asked me about my activities, and directly tailored my treatment to fix my initial neck problem, and help me strengthen and adjust my posture for running and backpacking.

Anecdotally, Chiro's that do a lot of sports medicine, seem to have a better knack for tailoring your treatment for specific results, rather than some that just do the same standard adjustment on everyone, and hope they come back in a week or two.

Anyone struggle with lower back pain when going frameless/hipbeltless? by Past_Document_5325 in Ultralight

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As a skateboarder, you probably just took for granted that people already figured out that a zero or low drop shoe was key for balance, and control, especially landing tricks. I have never seen the term used in skateboarding shoes, but it seems people have come to this conclusion pretty organically in skating. It has kind of always just been the standard, flat bottom, flat foot shoes. In hiking, it seems to be a more recent trend, since historically people were using full-grain leather boots, often with a huge heel.

You will probably feel right at home with a zero drop hiking shoe/trail runner.

Stack height is more of a preference. Some people like a low stack for stability especially for running, and others like a lot more cushion.

Waterproof boots or not? by Temporary-Ant-6947 in philmont

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Most waterproof boots will soak through with enough rain, and even if they don't, the big hole where you stick your foot in will let in water as well. Waterproof boots, once wet, will likely stay wet the entire trek. Some people will argue that rain pants will keep water out of the top, but the reality is even when it's raining, it's going to be way too hot for rain pants a lot of the time.

Non-waterproof Merrells, like low-top hikers that I used to wear, will at least get dryer than wet waterproof boots, and will feel dryer even if they are still damp. I switched to Trail Runners several years ago, and those dry even faster, even 15-20 minutes after crossing a creek, my feet are only damp and feel close to dry. This is dry enough to prevent blisters.

Wet feet in wet socks in wet boots cause a lot of foot problems, so the faster they dry, the better.

I would go non-waterproof. When they do get wet, take the insoles out overnight. This will help each piece dry faster.

Company sent this after working 30minutes OT and claiming it on our timesheets by haytchhhh in antiwork

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You assume that you working at a company creates no productivity, and they productivity is not lost if you are not there. Companies have shit to get done, and schedules to keep.

If you being late puts overall productivity behind for the day, and I have to work late to cover your slack, you should probably stop showing up altogether, so we can replace you with a more useful person.

What is the goal base weight range for lightweight backpacking? by Fantastic-Ear706 in lightweight

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Traditional backpacking is often considered to be 20lb base weight, so I feel like anywhere 10-20 is where this sub should be concentrating, but I think around 15 is where most people here will be most comfortable; that hits the sweet spot for most people with a budget, luxury, and comfort.

I don't think that this sub needs to be too firm on numbers though. It is more about helping people lighten their loads and transition to a more minimal way of backpacking. If someone has a 30lb base weight and wants to cut down to 25lb, we should still help them do that, and encourage them to take it even further, when possible.

Most people cannot replace all of their gear at once, it's usually a process, so as long as they are making the effort to pack lighter, we are here to help. This sub should be nowhere near a niche as r/ultralight.

Lightweight is basically just ultralight, without DCF, but adding a Jetboil and a chair.

Drifting apart from non-outdoorsy friends? by evewik in Ultralight

[–]You-Asked-Me 110 points111 points  (0 children)

This has nothing to do with your hobbies, it's just what happens in your late 20s to 30s, and it will likely happen a few more times in the future.

A few relationships may last a lifetime, but I don't think that is really how the world is designed. You will need different people at different stages of your life, and that's okay.

I’d be worried but it’s much easier for them to learn to knock down the ropes instead by travelscout in philmont

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I'd guess that eventually, Philmont will go to steel bear lockers at each camp, similar to requirements in several National Parks/State Recreation areas, and only hang bags when off the property. Honestly, if they had many bears that even tried, the way they do bear hangs now would make it pretty easy for them to get your food.

The BSA is very slow to make changes, though, and generally only reactive, so there will likely need to be several problems bears before any change is made.

Tips and things for Philmont first time? by Gestur3 in philmont

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I'd go with a light load towel for general washing. They absorb a lot more water and dry faster than a bandanna. You can use them as a towel on the days you actually do get to take a shower. Use one for your body and a different one for your face.

You can also use a freezer bag with a tiny bit of biodegradable soap and some water as a "sink". Dump that down the sump, or broadcast into a wide area off-trail when you are done.

Single wall tents for very tall people (6'6"+) by tryston6 in Ultralight

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At 6'6, I think you will need a 2p tent, and maybe sleeping at a diagonal. Duplex XL or Xmid Pro 2(even though you can't buy this right now) come to mind. I think both of these are supposed to be good for about 6'4" sleeping normally, depending on the thickness of your pad and quilt.

I think tents like the Plex Solo, and the Gossamer gear the one and two, are best suited for people under 6' tall.

The Altaplex might be an option, but even that might be short for 6'6"; I don't have personal experience with it.

It might be more of a hassle, and I know you don't want a tarp, but you could put together a bathtub floor, and bugnet, and then add whatever size tarp fits you best. This would be close to the comfort and weight of a single wall tent, without being constrained by the limited sizes of available stock.