My Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (Updated)

My Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (Updated)

I’ve made some changes to my ultralight backpacking gear list for the upcoming hiking season. Here is what I will be packing this year…

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Five Day Lightweight Backpacking Meal Plan

Five Day Lightweight Backpacking Meal Plan

Here is a complete 5-day meal plan similar to what I eat on my hikes. This plan provides 3,500+ cals from 2 lbs of food per day…

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5 Lightweight Backpacks For Thru-Hiking And Multi-Day Hikes

5 Lightweight Backpacks For Thru-Hiking And Multi-Day Hikes

Planning a long hike and looking for the right backpack? Here are five lightweight backpacks that are ideal for long-distance backpacking and thru-hiking…

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The Ultimate Guide To Lightweight Backpacking Tents And Shelters

The Ultimate Guide To Lightweight Backpacking Tents And Shelters

Looking for a new lightweight backpacking tent or shelter? Here is a list of every backpacking shelter I could find (120+ so far) that weighs under 3 pounds, including: tents, tarptents, tarps, hammocks and bivys…

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10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

Here are 10 backpacking foods you can find in stores everywhere that provide more than 100 calories per ounce, making them great for ultralight backpacking.

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The Best Hiking Shoes For Lightweight Backpacking

The Best Hiking Shoes For Lightweight Backpacking

Planning a long hike and looking for a good pair of shoes? Here are five popular hiking shoes that are perfect for lightweight backpacking and hiking…

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My 2 lb Ultralight Backpacking Clothing System

My 2 lb Ultralight Backpacking Clothing System

I’ve used this clothing system in daytime temps ranging from 100+ degrees down to 15 degrees (including cold rain and snow) – and it weighs just 2 lbs

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“The Big 3″ Most Important Backpacking Gear Items

“The Big 3″ Most Important Backpacking Gear Items

Backpackers spend a lot of time, money and effort trimming ounces from their backpacking gear in the quest to lighten their load. But, in my opinion a lot of the time it’s wasted effort. If you want to significantly reduce your pack weight concentrate on these three items…

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How To Hike 15 to 30 Miles A Day (With Example Itineraries)

How To Hike 15 to 30 Miles A Day (With Example Itineraries)

Are you planning a long hike that will require you to hike 15, 20 or 30 miles every day? Here are some tips (and example itineraries) for hiking long distances.

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5 Lightweight Backpacking Dinner Recipes

5 Lightweight Backpacking Dinner Recipes

Planning a long hike and need some meal ideas? Here are five of my favorite backpacking dinner recipes for thru-hiking and overnight backpacking trips…

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My Ultralight Day Hiking Gear List

My Ultralight Day Hiking Gear List

Day hiking is different from backpacking because you don’t plan to camp out, which means less gear (and less weight). But it’s still smart to bring a few essentials “just in case”. This is what I pack when I go for a day hike…

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Download: Backpacking Gear Planner 2.0

Download: Backpacking Gear Planner 2.0

Here is the new version of my Free Backpacking Gear Planner Spreadsheet. This tool helps you quickly and easily design a backpacking gear list in just minutes.

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How To Make An Ultralight Backpacking Pot Cozy

How To Make An Ultralight Backpacking Pot Cozy

A pot cozy is an essential part of the ultralight backpacker’s kitchen. This simple DIY project can help you to conserve cooking fuel, simplify and automate your trail cooking (and cleaning) and provide a convenient carrying case for your cook pot and accessories.

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