What have you added back in

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Base pack backpacking the mass of the backpack and the gear inside - not including consumables such as food, water and fuel
light backpacking base weight less than 9.1kg
ultralight backpacking base weight less than 4.5kg
super-ultralight backpacking base weight less than 2.3kg
extreme-ultralight backpacking base weight less than 1.4kg

What have you added back in

Postby Kitzy » Sat 09 Nov, 2019 8:41 am

A couple of years ago I got my base weight down to 5kg for three season walks. Since then I have added some items back in that I find 'Nice" to haves such as a Journal, Sketch book, selection of pencils, some Sailor Jerry Rum and depending on the trip some field guides.
I'm just wondering what other people who have gone lightweight have decided to add back into their pack and by default their weight. What's important enough to you to carry the weight of?
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Re: What have you added back in

Postby Mark F » Sat 09 Nov, 2019 8:55 am

It seems pretty normal to add back a few items once you get to minimum base weight. I got my base weight to about 4kg and have now added back a full length, wide mat rather than a short neoair (+300g) and a blow up pillow (+50g). On easier trips a Chair Zero (+520g) and a small monocular for watching wildlife (+45g). The one thing I have managed to pare down a bit more is food where I used to work on 700-750g per day and now manage happily on 600-650g.
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Re: What have you added back in

Postby Petew » Sat 09 Nov, 2019 10:25 am

Chair zero for me too.
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Re: What have you added back in

Postby Orion » Sun 10 Nov, 2019 12:55 am

A stove.
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Re: What have you added back in

Postby QueenLucyVanPelt » Mon 11 Nov, 2019 9:33 pm

Interesting question! I added back in 3 section pieces of a thermarest zlite or a piece of tyvek sheet for a sit pad/chill out sesh.
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