9 Pound – Full Comfort – Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

A 9 pound pack is all you need to be safe and warm. So, if you want to lower your pack weight but retain all the convenience and comfort of “traditional” backpacking, look no further than this Lightweight Backpacking Gear List This Lightweight Backpacking Gear List is suitable for most backpackers on most 3-season trips in the lower 48 and [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Beginners, Gear List, Recommended Gear|51 Comments

Recommended Sleeping Bags & Quilts

At half the cost, a down quilt is best for most backpacking trips.  A 20°F down quilt like this weighs only 19 oz and costs $250 vs. 29 oz and $500 for a similar down sleeping bag. A Down Quilt is an essential part of my 9 Pound - Full Comfort - Lightweight Backpacking Gear List. [Pic in [...]

By | November 26th, 2016|Beginners, Recommended Gear, Sleeping Bags & Quilts|20 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 interesting people. It's a perfect example of what makes hiking on the AT a unique and special experience—why people come from [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Beginners, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|7 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. Something as simple as a short note saying where he was going and what to do if he wasn't back on time would [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|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|Beginners, Skills|8 Comments

Non-technical Canyon Backpacking in Utah – a how to guide for getting started

Ready for something stunningly beautiful and completely different but still safe and easy—a change in pace from your regular backpacking? Consider non-technical canyon backpacking in Utah. Gems like Paria Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, the Zion Narrows, or Grand Gulch are just few of the big name canyons for starters. The list of equally superb but lesser known canyons [...]

By | June 19th, 2016|Beginners, canyoneering, Skills|0 Comments

Nutritious Backpacking Meal Recipes

These tasty and nutritious backpacking meal recipes are healthier, have more calories and cost less than commercial, freeze dried backpacking meals. Keep it simple — there are enough nutritious backpacking meal recipes here to provide sufficient daily variety to keep meals fun and interesting. But there aren't so many recipes that I spend too much time buying ingredients and assembling a large meal inventory.

By | June 13th, 2016|Backpacking Food, Beginners, Skills|7 Comments

Two Great Lightweight Backpacking Gear Lists

These Two Great Lightweight Backpacking Gear Lists, 5 Pound or 9 Pound, will save you a lot of pack-weight but still keep a smile on your face. You will most likely be warmer, more comfortable, and sleep better than most campers carrying 2 to 3 times the weight in conventional/heavier backpacking gear.

By | May 21st, 2016|Beginners, Gear List|4 Comments

5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

The lightest gear that still makes sense! Whatever you like to do: enjoying great views, photography, swimming in a lake, fishing, getting some extra camp time, or just putting in some trail miles this efficiency focused, 5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List will give you more time to do it.

By | May 17th, 2016|Beginners, Gear List|7 Comments

5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List (table)

DETAILED TABLE OF LIST of the lightest gear that makes sense! Whatever you like to do: enjoying great views, photography, swimming in a lake, fishing, getting some extra camp time, or just putting in some trail miles this efficiency focused, 5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List will give you more time to do it.

By | May 17th, 2016|Beginners, Gear List|0 Comments