On my last trip to the Lakes, camping kit for a week consisted of: Down sleeping bag, bivvy bag, light weight flysheet, 3/4 length Thermorest, a Pocket Rocket, and a small Ti pot - Total weight around 3Kg.
Originally Posted by Mr Man
Photo gear: 5x4 camera, three lenses, tripod, light meter, six film holders, changing bag, filters, and film - Say 8Kg.
A down jacket, waterproof coat, poncho, and a spare base layer, socks, & underwear completed the kit. This all went in to a 40l ultralight backpack and combat vest.
On the next trip, the flysheet will be swapped out for a larger poncho that can double as a shelter - The tripod and walking stick would double up as support poles. At this time of year, I'd change to a petrol stove as butane/propane proved to be short lived in cooler weather - The flame would die while the canister was still half full..
A lighter camera, one less lens, and a smaller changing bag would be the only changes on that front. With the typical wet weather that Cumbria has at any time of year, going light can be a bit of a crap shoot, so it is worth taking gear that can serve multiple uses. A poncho will keep the rain off and can be used as a shelter or a groundsheet (a mylar space blanket could also serve as a groundsheet). As mentioned earlier, the tripod & walking stick can form part of the shelter. A down jacket worn at night means a lighter sleeping bag can be taken but this needs to be balanced against expected night time temperatures.
Going ultralight entails taking extra care and having an exit stratagy should things go pear shaped without relying on Mountain Rescue - A mobile phone is not a substitute for poor planning.
Save your money - I've used something similar, and chest packs can be a right pain in the butt. If you really want to hang stuff on the front, get yourself a couple of snap rings to clip into loops on the backpack shoulder straps, then you can hang a small bag from them.
Originally Posted by batwister
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