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#55055 - 05/06/19 01:59 PM Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June
halleck Offline


Registered: 05/06/19
Posts: 1
Loc: LA US
Hello everyone!

First time doing Mt Whitney and am very excited. We have a group of 3 experienced Hikers and will be doing an overnight on June 17th. The only back pack I have is a 50 +10 L deueter bag that ways 4 Pounds. I am just curious is this is way to much and if I should buy a much smaller 1 to 2 day back packing bag. Thank you very much!

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#55057 - 05/06/19 03:53 PM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: halleck]
Wiff Offline


Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 46
Loc: LA
I use a 75 liter bag and can't see how anyone gets away with much less. Good luck!

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#55058 - 05/06/19 04:29 PM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: Wiff]
sierrahiker Offline


Registered: 05/06/19
Posts: 3
Loc: San Francisco
Iíve climbed it using a 60L and I know it gets tight with 60 if you are doing an overnight hike. The biggest things that confusing space are the bear canister and hydration bladder. If someone else is lugging your bear canister and you are using a bottle instead you can use 45 or 50.

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#55064 - 05/07/19 07:41 AM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: halleck]
MikeH Offline


Registered: 04/05/18
Posts: 25
Loc: Escondido, CA
During my attempt, I used a 58L pack. Worked fine and was able to bring an extra jacket and a book (which I regretted during the hike due to the extra weight).

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#55101 - 05/09/19 05:09 AM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: halleck]
wshaynes Offline


Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 19
Loc: California
I use a 60L and find it to be perfect. Anything in the 55 - 75L range would be workable.

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#55102 - 05/09/19 06:30 AM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: halleck]
G4u2 Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 25
Loc: San Diego, CA
Last year, I went on a solo hike from W. Portal to Horse Shoe M. in 3 days. I used a 55 L pack with a half bear canister. It weighed 37 lbs with water. I think I could've done a lot better than that, but sometimes you run out of time to optimize things!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FoNP4JHutqC3QwAVA

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#55104 - 05/09/19 10:04 AM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: G4u2]
G4u2 Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 25
Loc: San Diego, CA
I just checked. My backpack is actually 38 L - not 55!

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#55142 - 05/11/19 10:08 PM Re: Pack liter size for over night hike mid to late June [Re: halleck]
yosey Offline


Registered: 04/21/19
Posts: 2
Loc: Nebraska
Well I use a 35L for a 2-3 day trip, as it works for me and the gear I have. I haven't done Whitney yet, but since I don't ever go solo, usually it works out that my partner carries the tent and I the bear can. I'm kind of a freak, so we never let us stray far enough that we would get separated (like I'm right behind him or vise versa, ALWAYS; one stops, we both stop), which is why in our case, we are confident in carrying these two, pretty important items, separately.

I would say it depends on how well you know your friends... If you feel they are prone to drifting away from you, I would keep your 55L pack and carry all your own stuff. If you trust them to stay close, I would break up some items so you all have lower pack weights. But again, I would make sure you trust them to stay within eyesight, because the minute you decide to split your stuff up, is the minute they or yourself could get lost, and someone is without food or shelter.

We also don't use hydration bladders in our packs, but we do carry one on occasion, just not inside the pocket.


Edited by yosey (05/11/19 10:09 PM)

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