Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Other/general
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 16.07.2015, 10:07
Hoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Oakland US
Posts: 409
Groaned at 20 Times in 16 Posts
Thanked 320 Times in 201 Posts
Hoppy has an excellent reputationHoppy has an excellent reputationHoppy has an excellent reputationHoppy has an excellent reputation
Kit me out!

I want to get into serious backpacking in the wild. I need to get properly kitted out. I have recommendations for American makes of backpacks (Osprey) and for ultra lightweight -30F sleeping bag and tent, but would like to know Swiss hiker's tips and opinions-please!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 16.07.2015, 10:30
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 3,039
Groaned at 99 Times in 79 Posts
Thanked 3,774 Times in 1,950 Posts
Urs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Kit me out!

You'll need to provide more detail. When, where, duration? What difficulty levels? Will you go whatever the weather, or only if it isn't raining (much). Etc.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 16.07.2015, 10:48
VFR on top's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 718
Groaned at 19 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 1,529 Times in 549 Posts
VFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Kit me out!

Ultra light is a nice buzzword that gets used a lot, but in its true sense, implies a style of outdoor adventure that many a novice are not ready to tackle. You sacrifice comfort for low weight and if new to the outdoors, can really leave a negative impression.
I'm also a strong believer that the kit needs to match the skill level of the user and the environment where it will get used.
If you are just starting - the best thing is just get out there. Go to an REI or sports shop and talk to some folks. Most expensive is not always what you need. Then get yourself some basic kit and use it. You'll quickly learn from your mistakes, and in no time flat, will know exactly how (and what) to pack, tricks to reduce weight, eliminate blisters, determine your caloric intake, etc. etc.
in the end, the kit doesn't make the trip - it is the fact that you are out there.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank VFR on top for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 16.07.2015, 16:13
vostok4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Dietikon
Posts: 146
Groaned at 2 Times in 1 Post
Thanked 97 Times in 52 Posts
vostok4 has earned the respect of manyvostok4 has earned the respect of manyvostok4 has earned the respect of many
Re: Kit me out!

Also backpacking in Switzerland is nowhere near as prevalent or easily accessible as backpacking in the States. So the US has a huge plethora of resources for this, I would stick there.

If you want my recommendations for lightweight (ultralighting is not something you want to do to start, ultralighting is not just "light gear", its an entire philosophy that is pretty far out there) gear, here you go:

Backpack: http://www.granitegear.com/outdoor/b...wn-v-c-60.html
Tent: something from https://www.tarptent.com/
Stove: I like my little Optimus Stella, the integrated jetboil things work well and are worth the size/weight
Food: just need 1 titanium cup, Snowpeak makes a good and cheap one that will last
Clothes: get what fits at REI. Patagonia baselayers are incredible. Rab Neoshell jacket for inclement weather/fall/winter/anything you ever need camping.
Sleeping bag: too bad GoLite failed, their bags were amazing for the value. Go for a Marmot bag, the Marmot store is close to you in the Bay Area (Berkley I think?) and they have great bags. You don't need a cold weather bag unless you're doing High Sierras in the snow. Then all of the above can be modified.

Enjoy and get out there as much as possible.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03.08.2015, 22:21
Hoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Oakland US
Posts: 409
Groaned at 20 Times in 16 Posts
Thanked 320 Times in 201 Posts
Hoppy has an excellent reputationHoppy has an excellent reputationHoppy has an excellent reputationHoppy has an excellent reputation
Re: Kit me out!

Thanks everyone, I need to carry everything under 30lbs weight for a week long-tent, bag, bear canister,food etc. etc.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03.08.2015, 22:51
JagWaugh's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eglisau
Posts: 3,984
Groaned at 31 Times in 30 Posts
Thanked 7,230 Times in 2,913 Posts
JagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Kit me out!

Quote:
View Post
Thanks everyone, I need to carry everything under 30lbs weight for a week long-tent, bag, bear canister,food etc. etc.
I would count 30lbs for the beer cannister alone.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03.08.2015, 23:02
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: north
Posts: 6,134
Groaned at 226 Times in 146 Posts
Thanked 5,094 Times in 2,632 Posts
rob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Kit me out!

What the hell would you need a bear canister for ?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03.08.2015, 23:20
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 3,039
Groaned at 99 Times in 79 Posts
Thanked 3,774 Times in 1,950 Posts
Urs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Kit me out!

Quote:
View Post
What the hell would you need a bear canister for ?
How do you keep yours frozen?
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Urs Max for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
backpacking, camping




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Landlord trying to force me out The BFG Housing in general 2 01.10.2011 01:00
I'm a celebrity get me out of here... Upthehatters2008 General off-topic 5 15.11.2010 10:40
Take me out to the ball game! Bella4041 Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 1 21.04.2010 14:49
EF logs me out Mrs T Forum support 13 19.04.2010 11:16
non-EU spouse -- Please help me out Snowy Albus Permits/visas/government 6 09.08.2009 14:46


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:10.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0