- Dec 11, 2013
I figure we need a place to chat about UL backpacking. Got any good tips, questions, suggestions? Post 'em up here, I'd love to learn from the masters.
True. I definitely could leave behind a lot of stuff that I take that probably isn't really necessary. Like last time I took both a headlamp and had a lantern for my tent, that's a good example of how I could cut back on weight without sacrificing safety or cost.I find that UL is more of a mindset than a gear list. Aside from the big 3, UL doesn't have to be expensive.
This book and a good freind are what got me started on the UL bandwagon, and now I'm really happy.
To me, my pack weight isn't why I go backpacking, but a low pack weight allows me to go farther faster, which is always nice. I think the trick is to find the balance between UL and comfort. If I'm uncomfortable, I don't care how light my pack is.
I think just my pack and sleeping bag is already over 7.5 pounds.Exactly.
For example, a 1L Nalgene style bottle weighs 6.2 oz. That's 1/3lb. May not sound like much, a 1L coke bottle weighs 1.2 oz (and is way cheaper). You could carry 5 empty 1L coke bottles and still weigh less than a Nalgene. Being able to shave 5 oz for $0.99 is pretty good. Do that 10 more times, and you've shaved 3 lbs off for $10. Not bad.
Once I realized that 16 oz = 1 lb, I started finding ways to cut the ounces and that led to significant weight savings. My first UL attempt took my pack from 42 lbs to 18 lbs for an overnighter. Now I'm down to 7.5 lbs for an overnighter. Definitely a game-changer for me.
I could go lighter, but I would sacrifice more comfort than I'm willing.
You do really well. I don't know what the threshhold is for "ultra-light", but you definitely have a lightweight pack.that's how I usually end up.
Every year I'm lighten up my gear a bit but I will never be able to hike UL as I like to have a tent and some other nice amenities
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