I'm not sure if this is the standard way to load it, but it worked having my tarp in the front mesh pocket.
Oh yeah I also had my 4 pound DSLR camera in the front mesh pocket. I normally carry it on my hip, but the battery went dead so I tossed it into the pack.
I did not weigh this load because I don't trust my scale. My base pack weight is under 15 pounds, that's about all I know for sure. I'll never go back to hauling around my REI pack that is one size too big. The size Small Gorilla is all I need. My single heaviest item is my camera. What a shame that the battery went dead and left me carrying 4 pounds of DEAD weight.
|Tarp Shires Rainbow for 3||2||5|
|REI Bag Magma 15 deg men's||2||7|
|Pack Small (med hip)||1||8|
|2 bic mini lighter||1|
|Plastic pop bottle||1|
|Thermal pants, for sleeping||2|
|Thermal Shirt, for sleeping||2|
|Large Mne's Event rain jacket||15|
|REI rainpants (precip type)||11|
|First aid kit and toiletries||7.6|
|DSLR camera and bag||4|