Personal setups » an inexpensive setup
I try to do a couple 1-3 day trips every month and put together a basic setup which works well for 3 season camping in Colorado. The saddle bag, frame bag, and handlebar carrier were made from heavy ripstop or cordura salvaged from old laptop carrying cases. Most of the buckles and straps were taken from old wornout Camalbaks and packs. Thread, additional buckles, and straps cost under $4. The tarp is made from 1.1oz ripstop with a light waterproof coating. 3 yards cost just under $20 shipping included.
The front end
30 degree Sierra Designs down bag
5x9ft homemade tarp, 8 stakes, cord
Total weight – 3lbs 3oz
2 li ion batteries – 15 hours of run time
Total weight – 1lb 4oz
medium weigh wool shirt
wool hiking socks
zip lock containing fire stick, matches, emergency blanket, toilet paper, tooth brush and paste, water treatment pills, swiss army knife, small first aid kit.
Total weight 3lbs 7oz
1 or 2 180 lum led bar lights, spot and flood
2 water bottles
On the body
Camalbak Hog with 100oz water
Montbell 120cm sleeping mat
rear flashing led
led headlamp for use use around the campsite and reading
2 trash bags, one large and one medium
Cooking kit – homemade alcohol stove and stand, small Primus pot and cover
reading material – paperback book
My gear is pretty light and has held up well. I plan to make a quilt and lightweight bivy this winter and possibly a larger saddle bag for winter use.