But the fanny pack was an additional 3.2 lbs. Combined total base pack weight--and I think it's only fair to combine them--is 19.0 lbs. Not exactly ultralight, but certainly lightweight compared to the crazy pack weights we used to haul around as teenagers. I'm not unhappy. I had estimated a total of 16.5 lbs, but I added a few minor items, and ended up using small bungee cords to hold the sleeping pad in place. I could have cut off some paracord and saved some weight there, but it's not worth the effort.
I could also shave a little weight by getting rid of a few things--the fanny pack could be repackaged inside the backpack, saving the fanny pack weight. I could ditch the SteriPEN and camera cases. I could probably ditch the tarp.
But frankly, I think the fanny pack concept is too convenient. So what if it adds a pound or so? Totally worth it to have stuff readily and easily available without having to stop, take my pack off and dig through the side pockets.
|The corner of my room looking a bit more organized...|