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

Guide to Lightweight Down Jackets and Pants for Backpacking

Forget synthetics! Down rocks. A lightweight down jacket is the most weight and cost effective way to stay warm. Lightweight down jackets are less expensive than synthetics,* they weigh less, but most importantly they are so much [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Clothing, Recommended Gear, Uncategorized|10 Comments

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 | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Cheap Gear|10 Comments

The Point and Shoot Camera is Dead for Hikers

This post answers two questions. First, why is point and shoot camera is dead for hikers? And second, what are the best cameras for hiking now that the point and shoot camera...

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Camera - Photography|13 Comments

Why Would a Man Wear a Hiking Skirt?

I’ve wanted to wear a skirt for a while. My wife will back me up on this, but not for the reasons you think. And to be clear, I have Scottish blood (clan Dixon) so I get to wear a kilt which is pretty much a skirt. But the main reason I wanted to wear a hiking skirt...

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Clothing, Skills|7 Comments

Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent Review

Used without the inner-nest, the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent deserves a serious look as an innovative, 2-PERSON pyramid shelter. But if you frequently use the outer shelter and inner-nest together, you might consider [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Tents Tarps Shelters|6 Comments

Southern Sierra High Route – an alternative to the JMT

The Southern Sierra High Route (SoSHR) is a superb alternative to the JMT for the adventurous traveler. Compared to the John Muir Trail (JMT), the SoSHR is higher and more remote. It avoids the JMT crowds, the landscape is more spectacular, and the travel more challenging. The increased solitude of the SoSHR intensifies your high-country experience.

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Trip Guides|0 Comments