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Hey guys im an experienced hiker who is relatively new to backpacking and brand new to this forum. I need help on a estimate of size pack and weight ill need for a one month backpacking trip with weekly resupply's. Im taking the trip in july so im in the early stages of planning, so i dont need a gear list just a estimate on pack size and weight. Thanks!
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So, how do you expect us to give you weight estimates if we have no clue what your gear is?

If you are going to resupply, you will not be carrying food for a full month.

There are loads of resources available to you.  Below are just a few.


http://www.downthetrail.com/hiking-the-colorado-trail/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Trail

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Trail

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin....d=34313


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When I did that trail, my pack was between 40 and 50 pounds.

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For my 115 mile, 13 day trip thru the Winds, I had a Granite Gear Vapor Latitude (3800ci).  Sewed up two 8" silnylon for the outside.  Carried all my food plus camera gear, fishing gear.  Total weight without water was 41 lbs.  As we used up food I could get rid of the outside tubes.  This way I didn't have to get a really big pack.....
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And I am sure that some have done it with a 30 pound pack.

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Thanks guys. Again sorry for the lack of detail and gear list. Im shooting for about 35-40lbs of gear. Im only about 125lbs and although im in good shape anything 40lbs+ will be a challenge. How many liters usually hold the weight range im looking for?
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Do it unsupported, like Golite founder, Coup Coupanis, did in 2007. It only took him 19 days...
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I would shoot for a base pack weight of 25-30 lbs.  At the begining of each week you're going to be carrying another 15 lbs of food, and another 2 lbs for water.
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a 65-75 liter pack should do it easily.  You may be able to get away with a smaller pack.  It all depends on what kind of comforts you like to take with you.

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Thanks! So Far i have been looking at the osprey atmos 65L and the 70L Aether pack. What brand/model would you guys personally recommend for a 65-70L pack?
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Thanks! So Far i have been looking at the osprey atmos 65L and the 70L Aether pack. What brand/model would you guys personally recommend for a 65-70L pack?

Personally I would go as small as possible.  The more space you have the more weight you will shove into it.

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Priorities

1.  Boots (or hiking shoes) the lighter the better.  Every lb on your feet feels like 5 on your back.

2.  Sleeping bag and pad.  I like Big Agnes integrated sleep system, but YMMV.  Down is expensive, but you can save a fair amount of weight, and dampness is usually not a big issue in the dry high Colorado climate.

3.  Tent or tarp - opportunity for big weight savings here.

4.  As Deborah mentioned, don't bring too much crap.  On a cold night before turning in, you should be wearing every stitch of clothing you brought, except maybe a spare pair of underwear and socks.  I bring one pair of loose wool/synthetic blend socks just to sleep in, and two pair of mid-weight merino wool hiking socks for everyday use.

The one cup-one saucer, one spork (and one billie pot for cooking or boiling water) KISS cooking system (of freezer bag cooking) works well.

It really isn't hard to get your pack weight (sans food) down to 25 lbs or less.

The normal rule of thumb is not to exceed 1/3 body weight, which for you would be a little over 40 lbs.  When you get close to that, you will really feel that extra 5 lbs if you can shave it off.
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Thanks! So Far i have been looking at the osprey atmos 65L and the 70L Aether pack. What brand/model would you guys personally recommend for a 65-70L pack?

Whichever one fits you best.  We can't answer that for you.  If you have a chance, go to an outfitter store (REI or whatever is near you) and try on all the packs you can, with weight in them.  Get what fits and feels best.

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When I did the PCT right out of college, I was 135 pounds carrying a 60-pound pack after a re-supply.  I was not yet in shape, and almost quit the first week.  But, I had 7-10 days between supply drops for most of the trip.  You'll have it easier here in Colorado.

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