This is usually the first question on most people’s mind. And, it is difficult to give a blanket response, as many variables come into play. The number of days, where you are hiking, how many are in the group, what personal gear you bring, will all affect the weight you carry. The West Coast Trail and the Rockies both have a food drop thereby reducing the weight, while the other expeditions do not.

Here is a breakdown of weights you should consider, excluding your personal gear:

Item
Weight in Pounds
Backpack 5 – 8
Sleeping Bag 3
Sleeping Pad 2
Tent 4 – based on two sharing
Food 6 – 10