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Old 07-30-2007, 06:05 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by ellsaf View Post
How much do your tents weigh? I have one that is 2-man and about 6 lbs - is that average to pack with?
"Average" is relative.

it depends on your backpacking "mode". I have a little 2 man that will just squeeze 2 in comfortably that weighs just under 3 pounds.

I have another "convertible" that in 2 person mode weighs about 6.

there are the ultra light people who have shelters, sometimes just a silnylon tarp that weighs under a pound and is pitched using their trekking poles.

The conundrum is that the farther the distance I hike, the less weight I carry so my "average" is different depending on the hike I am doing.

One word of advice. It's very in forums to hear what all the different people are doing, how much weight they are carrying, what equipment they are using etc., and get caught in the trap of thinking that you need to change in order to be able to do better. That's not the case. if you are comfortable with the weight and the gear you are carrying and the way you are hiking, then it's fine. You probably don't need to change anything.

But if you are exceedingly tired at the end of a day, your back is aching from the load, your feet are hurting, etc, then you might consider making changes. I have seen people go so light, they are without any comforts and in some cases taking a risk by not having something vital with them in order to keep the weight down.

I still hike in $8.95 wool OD army surplus pants in the winter and I'm just as comfortable as the people wearing the $250 hi-tech miracle fabric pants.

Just a thought.

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