The Ultra-Light 5 Day Hike

The Ultra-Light 5 Day Hike

The goal with any hike whether it is a 5 month journey across the Pacific Trail or a quick day hike on the local trail, is to only take what is necessary to complete the journey. The reason for this is obvious, we want to be as light as possible so that we can save our energy and use it efficiently to complete the hike in a safe and enjoyable way. Beginner hikers tend to overpack and in turn excerpt more energy than necessary. Over time with gained experience comes the understanding of “the essentials”. Here is an example list of essential items for a 5 day hike with the goal of staying under 35lbs. As always, each hike is dependent on climate and conditions so please research and plan accordingly. This hike was planned for a 5 day hike in non-extreme weather.

Gear List for a 5 Day Hike in Mild Weather

 

Item

Weight (kg)

Weight (lb)

TOTAL EQUIPMENT

7.061kg

15.56lb

Sleeping Bag (including bag)

960.0 g

33.86oz

BIVY Shelter

900.0 g

31.75oz

Backpack

670.0 g

23.63oz

Pad

434.0 g

15.31oz

Pike Trail pocket blanket

195 g

6.88oz

Pullover

400.0 g

14.11oz

Wind Breaker

370.0 g

13.05oz

Umbrella

303.0 g

10.69oz

Stove

270.0 g

9.52oz

Shell Pants

250.0 g

8.82oz

T-Shirt Long Sleeve

240.0 g

8.47oz

Camera

170.4 g

6.01oz

Thermal Base Layer

170.0 g

6.00oz

Sleeping Bag Liner

140.0 g

4.94oz

Hat (sombrero)

127.5 g

4.50oz

Cooking Pot 0.85lit

118.0 g

4.16oz

Medical kit

100.0 g

3.53oz

Water filter/bottle

95.0 g

3.35oz

Water Bag

90.0 g

3.17oz

Fuel Bottle

84.0 g

2.96oz

Tripod

80.0 g

2.82oz

Radio

80.0 g

2.82oz

Rope

80.0 g

2.82oz

Journal, pen, maps

75.0 g

2.65oz

Flashlight

70.0 g

2.47oz

Soap

68.0 g

2.40oz

Bowl / Cup / Scoop

61.3 g

2.16oz

Brief

61.0 g

2.15oz

Toilet Paper

60.0 g

2.12oz

Space Blanket

51.0 g

1.80oz

Water bottle

50.0 g

1.76oz

Knife

48.1 g

1.70oz

Towel

42.0 g

1.48oz

Matches/Wood/Candle

40.0 g

1.41oz

Socks (2pair)

36.4 g

1.28oz

Bandana

28.4 g

1.00oz

Monocular

25.4 g

0.90oz

Sunglasses

20.4 g

0.72oz

Tooth Powder

20.0 g

0.71oz

Storm Whistle

20.0 g

0.71oz

Lighter

20.0 g

0.71oz

Battery (spare)

16.7 g

0.59oz

Head Net

14.0 g

0.49oz

Toothbrush

10.0 g

0.35oz

Spoon

9.0 g

0.32oz

Spare Light

7.0 g

0.25oz

  

TOTAL CONSUMABLES

6.800 kg

15

Food (5 days)

4.350 kg

9  9/16

Water

2.000 kg

4  7/16

Fuel

0.400 kg

14.1oz

Salt & Spices

0.050 kg

1.8oz

TOTAL PACK WEIGHT (not including clothes worn)

14.055 kg

30.56lbs

 

WORN

1.004 kg

2  3/16

Trail Shoes

0.600 kg

21.2oz

T-Shirt

0.182 kg

6.4oz

Shorts

0.090 kg

3.2oz

Underwear

0.057 kg

2.0oz

Socks

0.040 kg

1.4oz

GPS Watch

0.035 kg

1.2oz