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You're bringing all the right things... (the only thing I would question is why a flashlight as well as a headlamp? - though if it's just a small flashlight, no big deal- I sometimes bring a spare headlamp). 20kg's is 44 pounds and 30-40lbs is about right for a 3 day trip alone. The only way to get the weight down is by bringing lighter (i.e. more expensive)...


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Trying to cut pack weight is all about leaving "extra" things out and then replacing needed things with light versions. Some things that jump out at me as "extra": Tent for 2 people If there is only one of you, why do you need a 2 person tent. For only 2 or 3 days, I would go with a tarp which will be lighter 2 pairs of underwear and socks A ...


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The answer to "is it too much" is extremely subjective. Is this strictly too much? No. Are there some things you can trim back if you want? Yes. I like to hike light, but not ultralight and this would be far too much weight for me to consider now but is almost exactly where I started out. Over time my base weight (without food and water) has ...


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For the most part, your list looks reasonable for traditional (ie. non-ultralight) backpacking. The most important thing now is to get the pack fitted and balanced properly, and then get used to moving around while carrying the weight. 20kg hanging off your back will change your balance, so you need to get used to it. A few things to look at: Sleeping ...


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For cooking at cold and altitude, the pressurised liquid fuel stove is your friend. They're expensive and need some skill and care in use (practise before you take them into challenging situations), but they will perform much better than alcohol or canister stoves when the going gets tough. Here's a video that gives a good overview of how they are used. As ...


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Make a list (much more detailed) of your gear Weight everything For each item, consider whether or not you really need it. For example, the extra pants, the tarp, the extra batteries, the multitool, the paracord, ... Make a new list with only the items you really need. Profit. Then, you can consider getting lighter replacements for gears you already have, ...


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Girth Hitch I think the knot you're using is appropriate if the idea is not to lose your kit, another knot may run you the risk of losing something because it came untied without your blessing. If you're using cheap cord, then don't bother with the knot if it's giving you grief, just cut it at the knot, your cord will get shorter each time, but it still ...


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Down is a natural product, so fill quality, odour and durability can vary quite markedly within a species depending on the breed, age and condition of the bird. Practical performance is also strongly dependent on the skill of the processor and the quality of any proofing applied. These sources of variation are greater than any variation between duck and ...


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I suggest you don't need a tent and a tarp, unless the latter is also to be worn as a poncho (unless I've missed them you don't mention waterproofs). Similarly you don't need a head torch and a torch, or a lighter and matches and a flint. But neither of these will make much difference. That load is similar to what I carried years ago for a few days between ...


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As the elevation increases, the boiling point of water drops. This makes cooking times increase enormously. You may want to essentially ignore cooking, and rely on cold food, and warm drinks. The whisper light is a good stove for such events. I have also used regular gasoline at low temperatures, but due to the explosive nature of fumes, I would never ...


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For cold and high altitude, you will want to use white gas. White gas is superior to other liquid fuel options (kerosene, etc) and will be easier to get started in the cold. Your lightest option for this is probably going to be the MSR Whisperlite. There are plenty of options though so just go with what suits your budget and weight constraints.


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In the US you cannot refill the small tank at a propane distributor, at least not in any state that I am aware of. In general, the small tanks are classed as not refillable. There is small risk of fire and explosion refilling the tank on your own. If you chose to do it be careful and keep the refilled tanks outsidea in well ventilated area away from flames ...


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The bowline knot form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load. See How do I tie a bowline knot?


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Bit or preamble: Down is measured in "Fill Power". Fill power is a measure of the loft or "fluffiness" of a down product that is loosely related to the insulating value of the down. The higher the fill power the more air an ounce of the down can trap, and thus the more insulating ability an ounce of the down will have. Ultimately this is what you ...


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In terms of the items on the list it all seems entirely reasonable and an overall pack weight is not by any means ridiculous, although it is in the regions where shaving a few kg is likely to make quite a big difference in overall comfort. It is fairly likely that your tent is the heaviest single item, a two person tent intended for car camping can be ...


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I'd recommend Logan Canyon in Northern Utah -- There are numerous short hikes that are gorgeous, and a few longer hikes suitable for several days of backpacking. Here's a website with some basic information. The highest point is around 9900 ft, but pretty much anything you'd be hiking would be below 8,000. While there isn't exposed granite, there's ...


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You recycle them the same way you'd recycle an isobutane canister. You puncture the sidewall (once empty) and then recycle anyplace that recycles the metal. See What's the best way to use up (and dispose of) almost-empty butane canisters?


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This answer assumes that you're trying to attach something to a loop (the black and green band in your photo) that you can't open up. If you can open up the loop, then see ShemSeger's answer. It depends on how quickly you need it to release, and how important it is to you for it to stay secure. A secure knot that is pretty easy to untie, even after it has ...


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There are some good points how you could try to decrease the weight in the answers (didn't read all, but 16-18kg for 2-3 days seems very definitely too much), but I think the main point is - why do you want to hike carrying your tent and sleeping bag with yourself? Sure, that's one of the options how we can hike, but you can just as well have your tent on ...


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You need waterproofs (top and bottom). A survival bag isn't a bad idea either in the mountains. They only weight 100g. And a hat and gloves. Lithium batteries are lighter than alkali, and pack more charge, though you need to be careful as not all head torches are rated for them. What is the power bank for?? I go camping for one night in mountain ...


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Since you want more open rocky areas at lower elevation than above treeline in the middle latitudes of the country, you have two choices. As gerrit so aptly pointed out, one choice is to go north. The treeline gets lower as you go north. The second option is to find dryer areas. Fortunately for you, these are abundant in the US southwest. There are ...


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You could always get a pour spout that you can use for any liquid. here's an example They sell them almost anywhere they sell kitchen utensils (even some hardware stores). Then you can use the coke bottle, the olive oil bottle, anything. An alternative, placing chopstick in the bottle so that it sticks out of the mouth where your pouring will create a ...


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I use one of these 250ml Nalgene wide mouth bottles: https://www.globetrotter.de/shop/nalgene-weithalsflasche-rund-255474-weiss?ref=lJteBbl3s&sku=255474003 They are made out of a soft-ish material, perfectly durable, reusable and don’t drip. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find them on the Nalgene website. In colder climates (e.g. Scandinavia) I’ve used ...


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Try olive oil capsules. You can find them in many health food stores and sometimes even supermarkets that stock vitamins or have a pharmacy. If no one carries them where you are, you can order them online easy enough. Get the 1000 mg capsules. Depending on the length of your hike, fill up a waterproof match container or two with them (plastic or aluminum ...


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Something that has always worked for me is wrapping it around an old plastic card. Everybody seems to have an old library card, membership card, or something else resembling a credit card (would avoid anything with personal information on it though). Since it's bigger than a pencil, you can fit more onto it and still slip it into your wallet or the top of ...



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