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

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...

The Big Three – Recommended Backpacking Gear

To save as much as 10 to 12 pounds with with the minimum of effort, look at The Big Three. 1) Backpack, 2) Tent/Shelter, and 3) Sleeping bag (or quilt). The lighter versions of these are just as functional as their heavier counterparts.

By |November 20th, 2015|Categories: Backpacks, Recommended Gear, Sleeping Bags & Quilts, Tents Tarps Shelters|0 Comments

9 Pound – Full Comfort – Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

If you want to cut the weight but retain all the convenience and comfort of "traditional" backpacking, look no further... Link: A Lightweight Backpacking Gear List that doesn’t skimp on gear or comfort - Table [...]

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Beginners, Gear List|0 Comments

The Best Backpacking Food – simple and nutritious – veggie and omnivore friendly

Overview Keep it simple and nutritious, and save weight: I take inexpensive trail foods that are as tasty as they are nutritious. These foods should give you plenty of calories, protein, good fats, vitamins and other micro [...]

By |November 14th, 2015|Categories: Backpacking Food, Beginners|0 Comments

How to use the iPhone as a GPS mapping device for backpacking

The iPhone is the best backpacking GPS. It just works! We’ve taken our iPhones pack-rafting in Alaska, winter rafting down the Grand Canyon, technical Canyoneering in Utah, and climbing in the Wind Rivers and the Sierras [...]

By |November 12th, 2015|Categories: Navigation|0 Comments

Recommended Tents, Tarps and other Shelters

Possibly the best all-around, lightweight shelter is a pyramid shelter. I have used Pyramid Shelters on trips to Alaska, Patagonia, the Sierras, major European treks and around the world. (Picture of Alison in a Mountain Laurel Designs DuoMid XL [...]

By |November 11th, 2015|Categories: Beginners, Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|0 Comments