My 13 Kg load to Camp Gudi-Gudi.
“Bug-at kaayo!” That’s usually my clamor every time I have a 3 days trek… I wanted to utilize the porter or champa sa tent and all, but I wanted to be a self-contained hiker (except for the foods, yea? haha) and not to let someone bring my stuff for me… but I can’t do it. I still utilize the help of the porter for at least 2kgs – 3kgs of my stuff (that’s the toiletries and or my tent). At least I am trying *taps myself* and that’s okay.
@Mt. Talinis via Totoy Dalaga
Imagine how these bag straps hurt.
@Kalatungan – Lumpanag Wiji via Pangantucan – 500/15kgs, +100 for every additional kilo
@Mt. Pulag – Php100/KG. These porters can carry up to 40KG/day. I’m in awe.
@Mt. Apo via Digos – 500/15kgs, +100 for every additional kilo up to 20kgs load.
I am just amazed and grateful for how these people can afford and can carry other people’s stuff for a living. I hope one of these days the PH Mountain Climbing/Climbers Community will have a program to honor these folks. I am not sure how they budget the service fees that are being paid to them–a decent living, but I hope that it’s enough for their family to feed. I hope it’s all worth it. Since this is already part of the LGU tourism and these trails are already fully established, the fees might have also been regulated.
I could still remember our first hiking in Cebu at Osmena Peak traverse to Kawasan Falls in 2015. It was fun but my gears weren’t. I brought 1 backpack and 1 duffle bag. I know, I know, there’s always a first time. Jesse kept on teasing me and Kris that our backpacks look like we’re going to school since we brought our Jansport bags.
@Osmena Peak traverse to Kawasan Falls || How about a knitted sweatshirt, a duffle bag and a backpack on a 7-hour trek? 😀
In 2016, I asked for Top’s Habagat’s Sigbin backpack… I still didn’t know how to pack. I didn’t attend any BMC yet, so the whole time, I was packing it wrong. I put the heavy load at the bottom part of the bag, I didn’t repack my tent. I was consuming 2L of water and Gatorade for a day hike. And I just put everything that I want to bring.
After a year, I actually bought a new one because I wasn’t permitted to go with my friends at Mt. Talinis. I was also hoping that one of those days, I can also go with the multi-day hike events and also that’s a reminder that Papa didn’t allow me to climb (because he already did on January 1, 2020!). Imagine the ‘suya’ that I felt while I was in Marapipi Island, and my friends were in Mt. Taliiiiinis. Uuugh! ‘Sige lang, bag-o man ko bag’, *and comforted myself* ug naa kos Sambawan Island sad. Fair square.
Up until now, I am still not spared from being vexed by most of my guy friends because I have a heavier backpack than theirs. I usually have anxiety a night before major hikes as I always feel cold even in the office, so I need to spare myself from hypothermia. I don’t want to get hungry at night. I don’t want to poop at the campsite. I TEND TO OVERPACK, and yes I overpack.
BMC: Where How to Pack a Backpack was discussed. I wasn’t there, that’s why on my first major hike, I didn’t arrange my baggage well.
The Anatomy of Columbia Trail Pursuit 40L: I bought this because of its minimalist design. One thing that I do not like on this backpack is, it has very few pockets yet I compromise on that. Well, it only has 3 outside pockets. I love how I can make this bag looks smaller when I have to just go anywhere and how I can expand it every time I have a 2-3 day hike. + The bag itself doesn’t have a lot of pads on its frame and straps, maybe that’s the reason why it’s only 3 lbs.
- Weight: 3 lbs
- Water repellant.
- A rain cover is included.
- Ventilation SystemThe back frame looks like an egg tray shaped and through that it’s still breathable.
- Lumbar Pad: None
- Hip belt: Not as bulks as the other bags.
- Shoulder straps: Not padded.
- Hip Pouch: That’s why I have 3 outside pockets. 🙂
- Accessories pouch: The very visible pocket.
- No lower compartment.
- Water bottle pocket: Yes, two.
- Top lid, yes…
- Straps and all the straps: Yes
Here are some rules that my friends keep on telling me how to arrange my load to lighten its weight:
The heavy gears should be at the top and close to my back.
The lighter gears should be at the bottom and or farther from the back.
Most frequent gear, first aid/medicines & candies should be on my accessories pouch and at the top.
Less used items/Light – Bottom part to the middle part.
I might have followed the rule above, but I still have this tendency to overpack.
I am not an expert when it comes to packing, my gears aren’t ultralight, but here’s how I usually pack my load for a multi-day hike in an established trail in the Philippines:
- Sleeping bag – Nature Hike – .788 Kg
- Ridge 1 Tent & groundsheet – 1.5 Kg(I usually sleep out when my friends have a tarp, but I still don’t have the courage to buy a freestanding tent. It’s hard to change stuff especially when it’s your period week, or just to freshen things up. I am still considering though.).
- 1 (2 pcs) Columbia Interchange
- If it’s not this gear, I usually bring 1jacket, 1 fleece long sleeves, and 1 rain jacket.
- Clothes (2 leggings, 3 shirts, 1 cycling shorts, 1 long sleeves, sarong & undies) –
- For my 3 days hike, I usually have 3 leggings and 3 light-weight, dri-fit, spandex or nylon t-shirts because I don’t like smelly, messy and damped clothes. I still bring 1 very light-weight cotton shirt. Nothin’ compares how the cotton gives you comfort every after the hike. This actually the heaviest factor. For
- I usually bring 3 socks with me – 1 as an extra if it will rain and 1 for the night time.
- 2 arm sleeves
- Extra plastic bags
- Plasticware, cup, spoon & fork – I have my own plasticware since I don’t have a cook set to eat on.
- Toiletries pouch (cologne, rub, petroleum jelly, lotion & sunblock, body wash & shampoo, pads, tissue, underarm spray, alcohol, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrush, tissue, etc) and first aid kit = 1.5 kg – 2 kgs. There’s no shortcut to practice proper hygiene, folks. 🙂
- 2L Gatorade on the hydration compartment.
- Arm sleeves
- Poncho-(I seldom use this since I also bring a rain jacket–if it rains, it rains… that’s why I bring extra stuff with me).
- 1L Nalgene bottle – I seldom drink water from the mountains… as I don’t have a purifier right now and I am scared that when I get home, I might get an amoeba. When I do, I just make sure that everyone drinks from that water source too. 🙂
- 500 ml plastic bottle – for Gatorade
- Tent poles and pegs.
- P.S. I don’t bring a trekking pole, because I might leave that anywhere, so I am just using any sturdy stick/a sturdy branch that I can find along the trail.
@ Mt. Talinis via Totoy Dalaga -Overpacked, yes! Mt. Talinis changed the way I packed my stuff and my pacing.
I still don’t consider myself as a self-contained hiker as I don’t bring raw food & cook set and a shovel since I usually hike with my friends or with organized events that already include meals. For now, I leave the cook set & shovel to my companions. 😀 *Cheers!*
What do you think I am doing wrong? Any ideas and suggestions on how to lighten your load? I wanna hear stories and horrors from the porters and veteran mountaineers on how they pack their backpacks for the expedition or long hikes. Let me know!