By Jörgen Johansson
As can be seen on the photo above, most of the 85 liters were put to use at the begining of the hike in to the source of the Nahanni. I did not have any suitable scale around, so the exakt weight will forever be shrouded in mystery. But I think I can make an educated guess by going through what was in it.
Roughly, I started out with my ordinary three season gear. You can see a complete list here, from my Virihaure walk last year that also included a packraft, but with less ambitious equipment in connection with the raft. The baseweight excluding packrafting gear and food/consumables for the Virihaure trip was slightly more than 6 kilos (13 lbs).
The baseweight for the Nahanni excluding packrafting gear and food was roughly 8,7 kilos (19 lbs). So what made up the difference of some 2,5-2,7 kilos?
Well, the big culprit was, as usual, one of the three big; the pack. At 2, 2 kilos (5 lbs) it was about 1,5 kilos (3 lbs) heavier than the GG Mariposa Plus used at Virihaure or any other pack I have used for the last decade.
The above sums up to about 5,8 kilos (13 lbs).
OK, consumable a k a fuel. It was an easy decision to pick a wood burning stove for this trip. There would be absolutely no shortage of fuel with all the driftwood I was likely to encounter along the Nahanni. So I used a Bush Buddy Ultra for all cooking. It worked very well.
According to the excellent article by Chris Townsend at BPL on light packs for heavy loads this is a pack that can handle up to 25 kilos without folding.
With the exception of the pack, my tree big ones were pretty light: GG The One tent at 490 grams, a Marmot Hydrogen sleeping bag at 686 grams and sleeping pads Neoair Short and an MLD Good Night EVA 1/8 totalling 400 grams. If I had found the Quest I would just about have made 343 or three kilos for the three big ones. Now it was more like 3,8 kilos for the three big ones.