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I'm packing for an overnighter, my first and one night, and originally thought I might be able to get away with my daypack, but soon discovered that there was no way it would work. So I dragged out my 4500 cubic inch pack and nearly filled it up.
Now I did mention it was my first overnighter, so you guys go easy on me. I only put in the pack the things I thought would make a nice hike, minimal food, stove, cookwear, tent, kitchen sink, cast iron dutch oven, 20 lb propane tank, stuff like that. I then weighted it and it came in around 35 lbs. That really surprised me, to say the least.
I realize that more days won't really add that much more to the weight, since it only takes fuel to lengthen the usage of a stove, and cookwear weighs the same no matter how many days you use it, and a little extra for food. There are a lot of variables to figure all this stuff.
A day hike starts out weighing less because you don't need the overnight stuff. An overnighter ups the weight because of tent, stove and things. I'm sure longer trips have a base weight increase due to water filters and the like (I threw that into my pack just so I could get used to using and carrying it, but could have carried my water for the entire trip). So the initial weight without a filter would have been more that when planning on using one.
What would a starting weight to carry be for any overnighter, just as a general estimate. I know I could strip it down to ounces or beef it up to many pounds in extreme situations, so I just would like to hear the common weights you might end up carrying.
It's probably been asked a load of times, but I don't recall ever seeing the "I don't care what it weighs, this is what I take every time I go out" averages.