After lugging it around Iceland, New York, DC, San Francisco, and all points in-between, through tundra and subway tunnel and wooded forest and concrete sidewalk, it’s become clear that 50+ lbs of gear is just too much for my bag of bones to handle. I thought it’d be easier since the load was split across two bags, but that just gave me two cumbersome weights to deal with instead of one.
The other problem to carrying that much weight is that it would’ve made long hikes exponentially more difficult. Either I bring all 50+ lbs with me on the trail or separate my non-essentials and either mail them ahead or leave them behind to be collected later. None of those options sounded very appealing, so the weight had to go.
The Camp Bag
Pack weight: 17lbs
Getting the weight down took more than just replacing some items with lighter (pricier) versions of themselves, it required some fundamental changes to my camping plan that—if I’m being honest—I’m still on the fence about. Three months in Europe and a few weeks on trails will be a good litmus test for the new setup.
The Gear Bag
Pack Weight: 14lbs
This one was the tougher pack to slim down. If my Camp Bag is for living, then my Gear Bag is for working and playing, which makes the sacrifices all the more personal. But at least the sacrifices weren’t in vain; I managed to cut the pack weight in half, which is a huge coup considering this is the pack I wear on my chest.
I know I’ll miss a few things—like my tripod on this Corfu hike and my Nintendo Switch in general—but I can’t deny that twenty pounds is a lot to cut from my pack. Hell, truth be told it’s still not enough. I’m going to have to stash a few non-essentials before I go on my hike because my Gear Bag is still too heavy to carry on my chest comfortably. Thankfully Corfu is an island and I’ll be entering and exiting it the same way, so I can easily store and come back for it.
Regardless, if I wanna do more (or longer) hikes, I’ll need to either cut out more weight or shift it to my back because I could not do 20-mile days with this loadout.