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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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Fastpacking is lightweight or ultralight mountain travel with the aim of covering big distances over extended trips. Base weights would typically range between 8lbs-15lbs (3.5-7kg) or even less, so packs should be light enough to enable at least some of the trail to be covered with a running gait. There's a lot of emphasis on using your skills and experience ...


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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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Unless otherwise indicated by specific restrictions that supercede the default, U.S. National Forests generally allow backcountry camping anywhere you choose. They also generally allow dispersed camping along roads anywhere you want unless otherwise noted. Contact the local U.S. Forest Service ranger district or other relevant land management agency for the ...


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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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Wild camping is allowed most places but due to car drivers leaving rubbish it's not allowed near the road at Loch Lomond in summer. Wishingwell Farmhouse campsite, Gartness and Drymen Farm campsite are both closed.(according to Google Maps) Shops at Balmaha, Loch Lomond. There are a few campsites besides Loch Lomond. Salachy Campsite is £5 which is the ...


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According to Chris Ralph from mindlab, you should go for these signs: Color Changes: In many districts, acidic mineral solutions have bleached the area rocks to a lighter color. This can be an indicator of gold. Iron Staining & Gossans: Not all veins produce much quartz – gold bearing veins can consist of calcite or mostly sulfides – which ...


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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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Most campground in Maryland State parks are not dispersed. The exception is Green Ridge State Forest Primitive camping has become a rare opportunity as most Public and Private campgrounds have adopted a more improved and consolidated approach to managing camping facilities. Camping at Green Ridge is a primitive experience in that the sites have a picnic ...


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A few points on your kit: you can get rid of the folding chair. what is the use of the brewberry flask? the underblanket seems overkill compared to the sleeping bag. your towel is huge your backpack is both heavy and very small, especially if you have to carry food for several days. There is no stove in your kit, I suppose you forgot to add it? Your tree ...


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Yes, you can use an emergency blanket as a substitute for most of a tarp's uses, but as you suspect it's not going to be as durable. The Mylar that they're made of is surprisingly tough and I doubt that it would rip or tear, but I would expect it to develop plenty of very small punctures and begin to lose its aluminum coating (possibly making a glittery ...


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For non FKT (Fastest Known Time) chasers fastpacking is aimed at keeping a 3-5 miles per hour pace with the goal of covering 25-40 miles per day. I found that fastpacking can be very demanding and settled on ultrapacking (my term...) that is more about slow endurance than speed, aiming for 2.5-3.5 mph over 10-12 hours with no breaks, using similar methods ...


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Depends where you go. If you're going to a campsite with easy access, and one that is regularly maintained, reservable, and has power... then of course you're going to run into people. You need to to pick spots to camp that aren't on the map, the user maintained sites that aren't easy to get to. Unfortunately for you, but fortunately for the people who use ...


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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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Save your money. Although oxygen can be used to provide temporary relief from the symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), it will not affect the process of acclimatization. As you body adapts to the higher elevation gradual changes in your respiratory and cardiovascular systems, as well as you blood chemistry, occur. These can not be sped up. Hypoxia (...


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Leeches found in tropical climates were found to drop off from the bite site if some salts are sprinkled over it. This is a very effective way to remove them. I had experienced this myself when I was in the southern state of Kerala, India for trekking. Unfortunately, it took over an hour to stop the bleeding from my finger. I noticed leech's reaction from ...


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You don't need a trail. At the top of the bear tooth hwy you are above the tree line. You can stop along the hwy and see for miles. When you get to Top of the World there are some trees, but not far from there you can see forever. I took this way into the park, the views are extraordinary.


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The trail is divided in quarters marked by signs (still more about elevation than actual distance) and the elevation is signed in 40s increments


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There are lots of trails that are accessed from the Beartooth Highway. What you need is a map of the Eastern Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. amazon link I've poked around a few of them. It's lovely country. I especially enjoy all of the fantastic little lakes. Although, the best views of the area do come from the top of the pass, as @James_Jenkins ...


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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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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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