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Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking

Since 1999 bringing you honest and factual information on gear and technique on lightweight and ultralight backpacking for adventurers of all skill levels. I hope to be concise and to the point, consolidating essential data in a few easily understood posts.

My goal is to quickly enable the reader to find the information they need to fine tune their skill and gear to backpack in the most efficient and sensible manner. And yes, part of the focus of this site will be on Adventure!

About Adventure Alan

Alan grew up in northern California and spent his formative mountaineering years in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. At age five carried his own backpack into the Yosemite backcountry. In the ensuing 50 years he’s climbed and adventured in North and South America, Europe and around the world. Somewhere in there he was part of the initial ultralight backpacking movement and co-founded Backpacking Light. He is a co-author of “Lightweight Backpacking and Camping: A Field Guide to Wilderness Equipment…,” as well as numerous reviews, and technical articles. A jack of all trades Alan is a writer, photographer, outdoor guide, nationally competitive masters triathlete, and a national champion masters kayaker who also went to 2008 olympic trials more…

Recent Posts on Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking

Wind River High Route – A Guide

The Wind River High Route is mile for mile, the finest non-technical Alpine route in North America. It stays close to the crest of the Continental Divide in one of the most rugged and glaciated mountain ranges in the lower 48. The route is thrilling and the scenery spectacular. [Revised Jan 2016]

By |January 27th, 2016|Categories: Camera - Photography, Gear List, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|0 Comments

Lightweight Backpacking Camera Selection 101

This article addresses the selection of a lightweight backpacking camera and photo gear. In particular, you will understand the tradeoffs of camera size and weight vs. image quality. (Photo: A sudden opening in the clouds illuminates a lone tree and a small outcrop overlooking Loch Marie in Wester Ross.)

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: Beginners, Camera - Photography|0 Comments

Technical Peak Climbing Yosemite Backcountry Part 1

Technical Peak Climbing Yosemite Backcountry: Mt. Conness - West Ridge. The third peak of our trip and one of the finest alpine routes in the Sierra Backcountry. The route follows the obvious ridge which [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Categories: Trip Reports|0 Comments

Recommended Sleeping Bags & Quilts

A down quilt is the best choice for most backpacking trips. A 20°F down quilt weighs only 19 ounces and costs around $250 vs. 29 oz and almost $500 for a comparable temperature down sleeping bag.

By |December 12th, 2015|Categories: Beginners, Recommended Gear, Sleeping Bags & Quilts|4 Comments

Best Backpacking Stove System – Trail Designs Caldera vs. JetBoil

Best Backpacking Stoves: Trail Designs Caldera, the best alcohol stove system, and JetBoil, the best canister stove system. What makes these systems “best” is that they are fuel efficient, wind-resistant, stable and stow into a small package. Which is the best for you?...

By |December 7th, 2015|Categories: cooking & stoves|15 Comments

Quick ways to reduce backpack weight

Want to shed backpack weight with the minimum of effort? The following are quick ways to reduce backpack weight. A few may surprise you...