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