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

Cheap Lightweight Backpacking Gear

A $10 down vest that looks eerily similar to a $250 Patagonia vest? A $20 down quilt? Hard to believe. These are just the first two items in this post on Cheap Lightweight Backpacking Gear. Other great values [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Cheap Gear|8 Comments

Low Carbon Appalachian Trail Section Hike via Train – Harpers Ferry WV to Harrisburg PA

Take the train to the AT—low carbon, low stress. No car, no complicated shuttles. Just great hiking! This AT section hike has it all—an ideal blend of natural beauty, history, small towns, great local parks, and meeting [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Beginners, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|5 Comments

Best Satellite Messenger inReach vs SPOT?

This year we had a local backpacker freeze to death. They'd likely be alive today if they had brought a Satellite Messenger and activated its emergency signal (by the time they were reported missing and the [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Emergency & SOS, Recommended Gear, Skills|7 Comments

Torres del Paine W Trek and Circuit Trek – Quick and Easy Guide to Essential Trip Planning

We believe this is the best guide to the Torres del Paine W Trek and Circuit Treks, in-print or online. This guide was inspired by Alison and I finding a scarcity of accurate and up-to-date information on how to plan for hiking Torres del Paine. In fact mainstream, supposedly reputable materials about the trek were missing essential information, out-of-date, or plain wrong. Here is the the information you need to plan a great W Trek or Circuit Trek in Torres Del Paine

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Backpacks, Camera - Photography, Gear List, Trip Guides|41 Comments

Why You Should Make a Trip Plan and Leave it with Someone for Every Trip

Most people know about Aron Ralston of “127 hours,” who cut his arm off to save his life. A major take-away from this was that he should have left a Trip Plan with a friend. [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Beginners, Electronics, Skills|2 Comments

Why You Won’t Freeze or Starve Ultralight Backpacking

It’s a myth that ultralight backpacking makes you cold, wet and hungry. It doesn’t. In fact, I’ll wager that with my 5 pounds of ultralight gear I’m more comfortable, sleep better, and eat better than many campers carrying 20 to 30 pounds of conventional/heavier backpacking gear. Here are 3 Reasons why You Won’t Freeze or Starve UltraLight .

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Beginners, Skills|8 Comments