15 pounds on your back you can bag that peak and descend by any
route--no leaving a heavy backpack at the bottom. That's freedom.
Hang your pack from one shoulder and go 20 miles without blisters.
That's comfort. Lightweight, ultralight, or whatever you call
it, it's the way to go. If you need some convincing, see this
page: The Case for Ultralight Backpacking.
Should You Learn How to Live Off the Land? -
November 2013 - Is it worthwhile for backpackers to learn all
about survival foods, just in case they get lost? Should hikers
regularly eat the plants and animals of the wilderness to supplement
the food they bring? What is the real value in learning how to
live off the land? I'll give my own (perhaps partial) answers
to those questions in a moment. As I write this I'm looking over...
My Ultralight Backpacking Book - September,
2013 - The first time I started to hike fifteen to twenty-five
mile days without blisters I was sold on... Continue
True Childhood Fish Stories - July, 2013 - Bass
fishing usually requires a fishing pole, but there are other
ways, as the following true story demonstrates. But be aware
that this and the other stories here are offered only as... Continue
My Dream Ultralight Backpacking List - What
if money was no object? What would you bring for a three-night
four-day trip? You can... Continue
Meditating While Backpacking - Meditating on
a mountain top or in front of a lake,using brainwave entrainment
technology and your MP3 player is a unique experience. Here are
some of my favorite meditation recordings: The Meditation Program
Weight Distribution (excerpt from Ultralight
Backpacking Secrets) - A good rule of thumb: Put 50% of the
weight in the upper third of your backpack. However, you should
carry the weight lower if you will be on steep trails (for better
balance). Try to keep the pack balanced from left to right as