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post #16 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2014, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that's what I'm refering to..

I'd have been with the grizzly on that one...
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I've read most of Clelland's book (most because that was all that was left in a New Zealand hut after a Te Araroa through hiker was finished with it). I liked his idea that by packing so light he is able to travel deeper in to the wilderness in fewer days. Still, I would rather carry more for a shorter distance per day for a longer time out (and no pine cones for TP for me!)

I gleaned some good info from the book and definitely enjoyed his illustrations.

I remembered that I had written down the address for his blog:

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Backpacking/Hiking involves a system, your system and noone elses. Your body, your expectations, your risk-taking threshold; all factor into developing YOUR system. Just because someone else succeeds using their system doesn't mean you will. Exploring the gear selection of others and their reasons can be of great benefit, but unfortunately there are many "experts" out there who only have one experience and delight in preaching to others how they should gear up for a trip into the backcountry. Minimalist, U/L gear affects the risk threshold, undoubtedly. Consider what you are willing to endure, the seasonal conditions that you might experience, and go forth with the gear that will allow you to reach your goals and return safely.
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post #19 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 10:37 AM
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Some good ideas in this thread - thx for sharing. I put together some of my thoughts at http://www.explor8ion.com/hiking-light.html a while back and still stand by most of them.

Biggest weight savings are losing weight yourself, don't carry water and get the lightest tent, sleep system and pack that you can afford. Another huge weight savings is what you wear on your feet. If you're in decent shape you shouldn't need huge mountaineering or backpacking boots if on dry terrain. Try wearing approach shoes instead. Added bonus is that they dry out quickly and work better on difficult scrambles.

As was mentioned above - whatever is worth it to you.
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