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Default 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..

Examples:

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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Jardine's book is still the "bible" of trimming weight. I don't use his whole system, but I've sure adopted snippets of Ray's Way to save weight.

As for sleeping pads, I find that sleeping on a thin foam pad saps more energy than it saves by killing my sleep. And today, no need to carry heavy to be comfy. My ThermaRest X-Therm is 400g, packs tiny, is comfy, and warm enough for full on winter conditions. It's just expensive.

I save most of my weight through keeping my shelter and sleeping system weights down, and by careful selection of clothing.
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It's on the reading list, thanks!

I'm noticing now that long distance hikers seem to all be using nylon trail runners over traditional hiking boots.. Hmmmmmm.
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this may be relevant: for inspiration check out

Ueli Steck's Annapurna Kit
Pack like a speed-record holder to move faster

http://www.climbing.com/skill/ueli-s...annapurna-kit/
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It is a zealot book, no question (the Mike Clelland book).

You may want to have a read of Andrew Skurka's book: The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.

I found it far more practical than Mike's book.
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Yup, that's on the list, too.. His blog is good, too.
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I have had fairly good success with snow as toilet paper myself, but I heard a story from a guy who used a chunk of raincrust and lacerated his backside. Not exactly his finest moment.
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Yup, that's on the list, too.. His blog is good, too.
Yes! And he is not afraid to wear (er, carry) fleece as a lightweight, incredibly accomplished long distance backpacker. Hear, hear, I say.
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"Backpacking Light" by Mike Wallace is also a good read. I have the Clelland book as well and it has some good tips in there, but he's a bit too much of a gram weinie..
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Ok, I'll see if I can get it..

Unfortunately alot of the heavier stuff like tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear I already have (should have done more research), and don't really have the $$$ to get lighter versions.
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