15 pounds on your back you can bag that peak and descend by any
route--no leaving a heavy backpack at the bottom. That's freedom.
Hang your pack from one shoulder and go 20 miles without blisters.
That's comfort. Lightweight, ultralight, or whatever you call
it, it's the way to go. If you need some convincing, see this
page: The Case for Ultralight Backpacking.
Lighter Backpacking - Getting Started - December
2013 - This is chapter two from my book "Ultralight Backpacking
Secrets," which is available as an Amazon Kindle e-book...
Are you ready for light backpacking? If you typically backpack
with forty pounds or more on your back, try the following experiment.
Put ten or fifteen pounds into your pack and... Continue
Should You Learn How to Live Off the Land? -
November 2013 - Is it worthwhile for backpackers to learn all
about survival foods, just in case they get lost? Should hikers
regularly eat the plants and animals of the wilderness to supplement
the food they bring? What is the real value in learning how to
live off the land? I'll give my own (perhaps partial) answers
to those questions in a moment. As I write this I'm looking over...
My Dream Ultralight Backpacking List - What
if money was no object? What would you bring for a three-night
four-day trip? You can... Continue
Breathing Properly - Try breathing through your
nose when hiking down that trail. Nose breathing uses your diaphragm
more, so more air makes it to the bottom of your lungs for better
efficiency. You also lose less body moisture is lost when breathing
through the nose; important if you have limited water to drink.
What About Cell Phones? (excerpt from Ultralight
Backpacking Secrets) - When you bring your cell phone with
you into the wilderness, turn it off to conserve the batteries
in case you need it in an emergency. In any case, it can ruin
a trip if members of your party are constantly in touch with
the outside world.