Here are a few videos on lightweight backpacking that I found
on YouTube. I'll occasionally collect a few more that I like
and put them on this website.
Ultralight Packing List
It is always fun to see what other ultralight backpackers
bring with them on the trail, and of course we do not have to
wait until we are on the trail now, thanks to YouTube. Russell
the "Weekend Adventurer" goes through everything he
takes with him in this video:
I have noticed that, like most backpackers, Russell brings
a pot, and therefore a stove and fuel, windscreen, etc. I seem
to be the oddball, since I do not really care if I have a cooked
meal, and so I skip the whole cooking-on-the-trail routine. It
saves time and weight, and I have never found any lack of variety
in ready-to-eat foods. I like the sleeping bag pad. For an ounce
more I get two inches of padding with my inflatable Big Agnes
pad, but I do worry about punctures--none so far, but all padding
is lost if there ever is one.
Scenery and Music
This video from "Rainbow Hiker" is a compilation
from several different hikes. Great scenery if you like mountain
vistas and wild rivers and streams.
I Also like the music that accompanies the video. It's been
a while since I have heard OMD (although I still have an album
of theirs around here somewhere).
Ultralight Gear Examples
This is another gear video, with some examples of minimalist
or "super ultralight" equipment. The pack used weighs
less than 11 ounces, and John shows us a backpack that he made
which weighs less than 6 ounces! The gear examples start at about
minute four if you get impatient.
I love the fact that he points out how you can go with just
one small water bottle when hiking in an area with plentiful
water sources. Not sure I like the lumbar pack idea, but then
I haven't really tried one. Once again, and even though going
really light, this hiker likes to have a cooked meal. Does anyone
other than myself go with only ready-to-eat foods? But he at
least goes really light for his cooking setup. In the past when
I have occasionally carried a pan, I did just as he did, and
bought a cheap aluminum pan from WalMart and removed the handle.
Typically you can get a lighter pan in this way than even the
titanium ones sold by gear providers.
More Ultralight Backpacking Videos
I'll be gathering together more videos worth watching. Mostly
they will be about lightweight hiking and backpacking, but I
might include anything that is interesting and outdoors. Don;t
forget that I have my own YouTube channel with videos here: