The camera and shoes are on my harness when climbing.
I’ve started doing multi-pitch mountain trad. climbing in Scotland (marine climate, but summer time, so temperatures of 10-30 C) and I’m finding my pack quite heavy. I’m looking for advice on whether there’s fat I could/should trim, whether I should just suck it up and count it as part of the experience, or whether there might be things that I could/should usefully add.
This list is excluding climbing equipment, but I tend to take most of this in the pack, though split rack & rope with my partner.
My current list is:
– DSLR + batteries – 1,500 g (though I’ve got a mirrorless, and will switch to that once I’ve learned how to use it);
– pack – 1,300 g;
– 1 l Nalgene, 1,000 g;
– Shoes – 925 g;
– Food – 920 g (nuts, cacao nibs, boiled egg, peanut butter sandwich in hard plastic box, though I tend to have most of this left at the end of the day, so I’m thinking of switching to just a box of nuts, which I’ve done in the past);
– Waterproof bag with phone, wallet, knife, finger tape – 835 g;
– belay jacket – 645 g;
– guidebook – 530 g (I’m thinking I could cut this down by photocopying the most relevant pages and just taking that in a clear plastic bag);
– med. kit – 380 g;
– waterproof trousers – 345 g;
– waterproof jacket – 330 g;
– head torch x 2 – 300 g;
– survival bag – 255 g;
– sunscreen & insect repellent – 235 g;
– pad & pens – 145 g;
– gloves – 95 g;
– compass & whistle – 80 g;
– toilet roll – 60 g;
– hat – 45 g;
– map – 45 g;
– Buff – 35 g;
– Spare laces – 30 g.
So the total is about 8.5 kg.
As I say above, I think I could cut down on the camera, guidebook, and food, and I’m also thinking I could ditch the waterproof trousers and hat, but has anyone got good tips based on things they’ve found to work?
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