Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking – Carry Less, Do More
Exploring the wilderness with a pack on your back is an empowering experience, but carrying a heavy backpack is a humbling experience. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the wilderness, so why be bur-dened by a heavy backpack?
It’s easy to lighten your backpacking equipment substantially, down to a base weight under 20 pounds for lightweight backpacking, and under 10 pounds for ultralight backpacking – without sacrificing comfort or safety. With a lighter pack, you can hike farther, faster, longer, and easier, with less physical stress, fewer injuries, more safety and securi-ty, and far more satisfaction.
Plan to attend a FREE Lightweight Backpacking Seminar sponsored by the San Juan Mountains Association at Pine Needle Dry Goods. The presenters, Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl are SJMA Wilderness Information Specialists volunteers and avid ultralight backpackers with over 35 years of experience. Will is a gear tester and has published over 300 articles on light-weight backpacking gear and techniques for Backpacking Light Magazine and his own websites.
Principles of lightweight backpacking
Gear for the lightweight
Budget tips for lightweight gear & food
Survival with lightweight gear…Yes!
Packing techniques & equipment can be transferred to horse or llama packing