Ahhh, I can feel the pounds falling away. Tomorrow is my first day out with my lighter set-up and I can’t wait/weight.
As mentioned in the last post, I am keeping my heavier Safety Pack and assembling a light one as well.
Things that got the outright chop:
- Goggles – I use wide sun glasses instead.
- Probe – I’ve used a ski pole as a probe before and it worked.
- Avalanche Airbag – I love this thing (BCA Float 30) but there’s no denying it is heavy.
- Down jacket (MHW Phantom) replaces synthetic (MHW Hooded Compressor).
- Old skool water bladder replaces fancy-ass CamelBak with huge screw-on lid.
My trusty old beacon chest pack (right) was replaced by the standard issue beacon holder (left). I started using a chest harness years ago and like it for "work" (Avalanche Forecasting, race organizing, writing, etc.) but it tends to collect stuff that I don't use all that often and was kind of hot.
I did keep my little sunglasses/camera lens cleaner, which is a small piece of chamois with a keeper loop sewn on. I keep this stuffed in my beacon holder and like it as it works even when it is wet.
A new K2 Backside shovel (very sexy) replaces the trusty old G3 AviTech. I like the AviTech, but the K2 is pretty much the same size and lighter.
Old First Aid Kit (right) and the new one (left). It's the Wasatch - if you get a paper cut you go home or wait 10 minutes for the group following your skin track to catch you, so you don't need a big 1st Aid kit.
MHW Spearhead Mittens (left) replace a light pair of gloves (for skinning) and a heavier pair of gloves on the right. The Spearheads have a removable trigger-finger liner which acts as a glove on its own.
Dynafit RC 20 Pack (left) replaces the BCA Float 30 pack (right). The Float 30 is an airbag pack, so the actual weight difference is well offset by the increased safety, but for light touring, the Dynafit pack is roughly 1/10 the weight.
Boot bag. I don't actually bring this touring with me, but I often bring crap with me as I don't want to leave a random tube of sunscreen, spare batteries or an extra hat in the car, especially if I'm car-pooling and think that I'll forget it afterward (very good chance). I think this boot bag is actually a rope bag, but close enough...
Total pack weight with food, water, shovel, camera, 1st kit and jacket is 8.5 lbs.
I’m going to celebrate all of this weight savings by bringing out my 191cm Darkside skis tomorrow. Stand back.
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