I have already raved about the magnificent “Hikers Handbook” by Thomas Hiram Holding, it is an amazing time capsule of outdoor knowledge. Written in 1908, Hiram was a pioneer of outdoor recreation. While the main focus of the book is on boat and bike travel there is a section on what he calls “pedestrian camping.”
Pedestrian Camping is indeed a delightful past time to those who can walk and love it.
His kit for two people is as follow.
Here, then is a list of articles, with their weights, for two people:–
One tent 2lbs
Set of two tent poles 1lb
Set of pegs (ordinary skewers) 1lb
Oil Stove–”Baby Primus” 1lb 3oz
Aluminium pans–”So-Soon” 1lb 1oz
Two aluminium cups and saucers (plates) 4oz
Two aluminium knife, fork and spoon sets 4oz
Candlestick and candle 2oz
Aluminium box of soap 1oz
The half of this is carried by one hence this must be divided by two,
giving 3lbs. 2-oz.
Share of baggage 3lbs 2oz
Makintosh 1lb 6oz
Air pillow 3oz
Down pillow (a luxury) 1oz
Sleeping stockings (long ones) 6oz
Extra walking socks 4oz
Down Quilt 1lb 10oz
Thin Extra Vest 5oz
Tooth brush, etc., etc. 3oz
Hold-all, with straps (under) 8oz
In addition to this 9lbs, 2oz, there is a towel and also some food, as we always like to keep a small supply. The weight is, I believe, less than that of a military rifle alone. One more word on clothing. Wear a big pair of boots and thick socks, nothing loose around the ankles, and nothing tight anywhere.
A base weight of under 10lbs puts this list firmly in the ultralight category.