Food is estimated at 1.8 lbs per day because that is what I normally consume. Many times in a trip, it is closer to 1 lb. I package my own meals to be as lightweight as possible.

Water is estimated at one liter per 4 miles.

I typically carry 3 liters at a time because I hate filling water, and a 12-mile range seems adequate. This was increased from 2 liters.

Estimated Weights: Average

  • General: 5-day food, 2 liters of water: 23.3 lbs
  • Desert: 8-day carry, 6 liters of water: 32 lbs
  • Sierra: 8-day carry, 2 liters of water: 28.7 lbs