View Full Version : How I got my bug out bag under 25 pounds

11-07-2014, 09:21 PM
Well, I spent months working at this here and there and then hundreds of hours laying stuff out, measuring, making spreadsheets, redoing it, researching, and so on. I took a lot away from a bunch of research I was doing on what ultralight thru-hikers do to keep their weight down. I finally got my bug out bag dry weight under 25 pounds - and under 30 with a tent I can fit inside and still have room to spare.

After 20+ hours of writing and photographing all of it, I'm finally done with this article. It lists everything in my personal bug out bag as well as why I carry any of it that's key.

This post is over 6000 words so no way I could explain it all here, so here's the link if you'd like to take a gander:

How to build the ultimate 25 pound bug out bag (http://graywolfsurvival.com/66545/how-to-build-ultimate-25-pound-bug-bag/)

11-07-2014, 10:04 PM
Great information. Thank you for sharing.

11-07-2014, 11:35 PM
Read thru the list a couple times. Really looks good. The fire starting with the grisweld ? sheet was very interesting. Looks like I'll be adding a couple of those to my bag and the wife's. Really makes a lot of since on those items listed. Here in the middle of Okiehoma with the one day hot and the next down to freezing in the winter it makes it a little harder to come up with a good medium. Thanks

11-07-2014, 11:44 PM
Thanks Rock. You lost me withe the grisweld part though. :)

11-08-2014, 09:30 AM
Hey GW what do you think about this stove in Ti


Dvor has it for $59 in ti and $29 in stainless. For the next 15 hours.

They fold flat too.

$85 on amazon

Material: Titanium
Weight: 5.45 oz (136 g)
Panels: 4x5.5 Inches
Stove Height: 6 inches
Top of Stove: 3.5x3.5 Inches

11-08-2014, 03:18 PM
I haven't used that one but check iut this video. I've heard good things about it though.


Also, if you're thinking of that design instead, check out the Firefly. It's supposed to be lighter and better.


11-08-2014, 09:47 PM
Have you seen the one like that made of hardware plates? Going to be a little heavier, but the price is right. I will dig out the link. I made one and it worked well.

11-08-2014, 09:52 PM
Have you seen the one like that made of hardware plates? Going to be a little heavier, but the price is right. I will dig out the link. I made one and it worked well.

Something like this one. Not quite the same as I made

11-08-2014, 10:10 PM
I go on deployments for all types of emergencies, be it hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes etc.

My first trip out west to a wildfire I packed to the limit. I had about 70lbs of gear. (or whatever the max was back then). They assigned an old school bus to take us up to the ridgeline of the mountain where the main camp was. About 2 miles from the top the transmission was slipping and smoking, so the driver asked our 20 man crew to get out and hike up. The old bus just couldn't carry us and our gear. "Just till we crest out on the ridgeline, and then I will drive you to the camp."
About 1 mile from the top, the bus slows down smoking and stinking. "Your gear is too heavy guys, just carry it till we hit the top and then I can drive you to camp."
About 1/2 mile from the top we hear him yelling "just give us a push, and when we get to the top".....................

So I found myself wearing the 70lb-ish pack, pushing a school bus up a mountain for 1/2 mile or so.

I dedicated myself to packing less, and packing lighter. So this thread speaks to me. I know the value of a light pack with efficient gear.

When I go now on these 18 day trips, my pack weighs in at about 27 lbs and that includes a full tent, sleeping bag, and line gear for doing my work.

02-12-2015, 10:40 AM
Lotta nice kit there Graywolf. I'm a huge fan of the Solo stoves myself. My own conditions are a lot different than yours as I haunt the higher elevations here in Wyoming.
You do realize you live INSIDE the "Triangle of Death" don't you?