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Old 08-27-2009, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by markfromCA View Post
I have been a backpacker for 20 years and upgraded my equipment on a yearly basis. A little here, a little there and you start to shave pounds off your back. I am not an true ultralight backpacker though, I still find comfortable, quality items instead of cheap. I have found that the nice light, quality items I have bought over the years are as good today as they were years ago. My advise is start with a quality pack that is at least 4200 Ci so you can fit a 7 day trip of gear in it. Also find a pack that is around 4 pounds. I have a friend that has invested in some lightweight gear and his pack is 10 pounds less than mine and I have nice stuff. Every ounce counts and buying cheaper items is fine but you will be carrying that on your back. My average total weight less water for a 7 day trip is 32 pounds. Trip note. I have backpacked all of Yosemite, Kings canyon and gone to Montana for some trips but there is one breath taking trip in Kings Canyon everyone should do. It is called the Rey Lakes Loop. 42 mile loop surrounded by 12000 + ft peaks and some high mountain passes that have views to die for. Good luck, Backpacking will get in your blood once you start.
Yes, Rey Lakes Loop is fantastic...

If you get two pairs of ex-officio briefs you can wash each pair on alternating days and have clean underwear the whole trip while only having to carry around one extra pair. They'll usually dry in an hour or two, even at night. The rest of your clothes you can just re-wear all week and only wash as needed.

The biggest weight culprit is usually, but there are some ways to reduce that and the good thing is of course that it will lessen in times. if you plan to fd o any sierra hiking, or for that matter, in the CO Rockies, I would recommend getting a bear-resistant food cannister. It will add on a couple pounds of weight but it will keep your food and other scented items much more secure and you won;t have to worry about hanging it. If you plan conservatively, one can should be enough for two hikers' food supplies, at least for few days...
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:03 PM
Location: San Ramon, Ca
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The bear container makes a good seat as well. I have had some food taken in years past but now with the container it is like the bears know they cant get to it and do not bother to come and see what you got. I have gotten 7 days of food in the container and that is about all it will hold. In California it is mandatory to use one and they check before they issue your back country permit. The Copper creek trail at roads end is very nice as well but the trail is brutal the first day. Volcanic lakes is incredible.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:59 PM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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The Pocket Survival Guide. J. Wayne Fears. Stoeger Publishing Company.
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:00 PM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Backpacking Tips. Edited by Bill and Russ Schneider. A FalconGuide. 1998.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:02 PM
Location: Currently in Oscoda!!
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80skeys thanks again for your input and for giving me the titles of the books. I will be ordering them this weekend.

And thank you to everyone who has chimed in with their advice, it's much appreciated!! I'm going to slowly start buying my gear and will begin planning within the next month or so.
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