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There are those really hardy backpackers who can have a baseweight of 5 lbs or less! My hat is off to them! Until you have shed the pounds on a hike you don’t have any idea how liberating it is! However, I still cling to a few creature comforts like a warm down bag. Here is one of my slightly older lightweight backpack lists that you can see is a decent baseweight. I believe my current weight is now under 12 lbs including a Bearikade bear can! I will amend this list to reflect my current weights at some point, but this will give you something to shoot for if you still carry pack weights that are slowing you down and making you more tired at the end of a hiking day than need be…
Pack + Sleeping Gear + Shelter
ULA P-2 Pack, Pack Rainfly 2 lb 9 oz (41oz)
Western Mountaineering Versalite sleeping bag , stuff sack 2 lb 4 oz (36 oz)
Thermarest 3/4 ultralight pad , stuff sack 1 lb 1 oz (17 oz)