Ultralight Backpacking Gear
What to Pack--What to Leave
Acquiring dependable ultralight backpacking gear can be accomplished with careful planning, thoughtful consideration of the options and a little experimentation. You don’t have to cut off the handle of your toothbrush or strip your backpack of daisy chains to meet your ultralight goal of less than 12 pounds base weight.
I’ll show you how to put together a complete 3 to 4 day ultralight backpacking gear ensemble without having to compromise the essentials. You may even be able to sneak in a few luxuries.
My definition of ultralight is a fully loaded backpack weighing 12 pounds or less before adding food and water.
To begin putting together our ultralight backpacking gear ensemble, we will first concentrate on the basics of lodging, sleep system and extra clothing in that order.
You will also need the following on your hike. However these items are not included in your pack base weight of 12 pounds or less. The food and water will be in your pack. The clothes listed below will be on your person.
With this ultralight backpacking gear, you are ready to proceed on a 3-4 day trek.
Remember, you WILL fill your pack to capacity, so choose a pack size appropriate to the length of your hike.
Try a short trip with just the recommended gear. If you truly miss something, add it to your next trip. Strike a balance between comfort in camp and comfortably carrying the weight on your back.
Don’t be a slave to the 12 pound rule. Are you comfortable with less? Feel free to cut back. Just be sure to ALWAYS include the 10 essentials.
Need a little more to make your trip a true pleasure? Feel free to exceed the 12 pound rule.
Your ideal ultralight backpacking gear list will develop as you gain experience.
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