High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mackenzie, BC, Canada.
Interest: hiking, skiing, camping, SAR
Ultralight Backpacking tips by Mike Clelland
There are some good tips to be had here (mostly and most gratifyingly about how to reduce the weight of gear to zero by not taking it at all), and some good recipes in the back..
But damned if I don't keep coming back to my gut-reaction that I'm willing to bear with the added weight for the comfort/convenience..
Digging a cathole with a %$#@! tent stake?! I'll use the 'heavy' GSI trowel, thanks! Same for wiping my bum with snow (brrrrr!! Never again!), or grass/leaves (FML). Give me good ol' bulky, heavy 2-ply any day..
My pocket rocket + cannister weighs more than an alcohol stove + fuel, but it is way faster and convenient.
My self-inflating sleeping pad is much more comfortable in my old age than the 'light' closed-cell Thermarest I used for way longer than I should have!
No bunched-up clothing in a stuff sack will ever rival my dedicated thermarest compressable pillow!!
My memory will never rival the pictures I take with my leaden camera..
So, if you are of a like mind on the 'less-weight-is-worth-more-farting-around' philosophy, or really need to lose some pack weight to save your knees, this is a good book to get you there. Humourous illustrations, easy to read, practical applications and explanations behind them.
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