New member saying hello !

5:48 a.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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Hello to all the people on Trailspace !

I found this website whilst trying to provide an answer for someone over on 

I'm currently working on reducing my pack weight and this looks a good place for information.

Looks like there's going to be plenty for me to get through !

So I thank you all in advance..  


(Barnsley, UK)

6:41 a.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trailspace Tartanferret.

8:50 a.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trialspace, Tartanferret. Love your screen name.

10:37 a.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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Buy a digital kitchen scale

2:31 p.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome Tartan, from all of us.

5:40 p.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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Hello and welcome. You are a Scotsman (I assume). I'm planning on doing Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike next May. I might tap into your knowledge betwixt now and then.

11:01 p.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
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A good place to start is to set up a spreadsheet listing all of your gear along with its actual weight - item by item - then you can use this to see how various adjustments (e.g. replacing specific items) will affect the overall weight.

5:47 a.m. on April 17, 2012 (EDT)
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Thanks for the warm welcome people of Trailspace !

I've recently bought some digital scales, That's the problem, everything is too heavy.

First thing to be changed was the sleeping bag from a 2.2kg military synthetic one to a 750g down one.

Next up, my civilian Trangia and Crusader cooking systems are now back on the shelf, replaced by a titanium pot and a soda can stove.

These could well be the first steps to financial ruin, lol

P.S. Peter, No I'm not Scottish, Tartanferret is the nick-name for my dads dog

Thank you all !

5:54 p.m. on April 17, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trailspace!

Well the plus side to financial ruin is ...... less food means less weight. 

Yes going UL usually means dropping some $$ but really look at what you've been carrying and decide what you "really" need to take. Sometimes you can shave some good weight unless you've already got your kit down to the basics

6:03 p.m. on April 17, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome to trailspace!!

I would agree with azrihno about your kit.

7:38 p.m. on April 17, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trailspace Tartanferret!

It's good to have new members from across the pond.

I'm sure that with a little time, trial & error you will acomplish your goals. I am around 30% lighter than I was a few years ago, but I still have the older gear and still use it when I want to. Sometimes my kit is an odd assortment of new light stuff & a few pieces of older heavy stuff. I just do what makes me happy.

Mike G.

10:00 a.m. on April 18, 2012 (EDT)
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I found a nice little luggage scale with a hook to hang things from. It measures from 10 gm to 100 kg, and it's made quite a difference in what I carry.

11:39 a.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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Even consider the weight of gear that you wear.

3:39 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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1:37 a.m. on April 28, 2012 (EDT)
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welcome, to all the truely ornery survivalist. This is a great site with alot of nice people.

Hi, welcome aboard, you both look like nice folks.

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