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Catching my breath – 9/27/12

Posted by on September 27, 2012

I never took the time to weigh everything when I set out below Helen Sunday, so I did that this morning.  I replenished things like food and water to typical loads before weighing.  These weights also include a little trash that I picked up at a couple of campsites, but that’s something I normally do, so I included it.  By eliminating a few things that I might want but don’t need and adding a couple of items that I really will need, I expect to reduce my gear weight by nearly 47 pounds.  There are some more rapids and a lot of portages, so I think that I will be glad to be rid of the weight.

Beginning weight:

All scientific equipment, food, water, camping gear: 300.6 pounds.  Boat: 65 pounds.  Me: 192.8 pounds.  Gross weight: 558.4 pounds

Refit weight for the rest of the trip:

All scientific equipment, food, water, camping gear: 253.8 pounds.  Boat: 65 pounds.  Me: 192.8 pounds.  Gross weight: 511.6 pounds

I intend to go back and measure fairly precise distances covered during the first 5 days, add those things to the earlier posts, and then maintain a running total.  I’m just not sure that I can make the time to do that every night, but I’ll try.

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