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Updated Gear List for the New England Trail

My New England Trail Gear List had a few adjustments. I tried out a couple of new freestanding tents and two new backpacks. Since my pack would be a little heavier, I decided not to cook on this shorter backpacking trip. This means there is no stove or cooking kit, but you can see my post on my cooking equipment at “Backpacking Cooking Kit Review.”

My final weight without food and water, depending on the gear I used, was approximately 13 – 15 pounds. My weight is not the lightest or heaviest, but about average.

What Exactly is “Light” Anyway?

Light, ultra-light, traditional – these backpacking categories are a topic of much debate. With the gear changes over the last few years, I imagine the classes will continue to be debated and adjusted. I have listed some standard definitions below.

  • Base Weight – Your pack weight minus consumables and the clothes you wear. I also don't include my hiking poles.
  • Consumables – These are usually food, water, fuel, or whatever you consume as you travel.
  • Traditional Weight – this is greater than a 30-pound base weight, or 25 according to who you ask.
  • Light Weight – 10 – 20 pounds
  • Ultralight – Less than 10 pounds, although some hikers say 12 pounds.
  • Super Ultralight – this is less than 5 pounds. This category is less than my day pack. I think this is the weight of my purse.

I fall in the Light Weight group, but if conditions are right, I'll drop into the top of the Ultralight range. For me, Ultralight means summer temperatures, plenty of water, and going to town every 3-4 days.

Safety is always a priority, so hike a safe hike and carry what works for you. Continue reading the New England Trail Gear list written by Averagehiker here.


May 5, 2022

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