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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5-Day Ultralight Backpacking Meal Plan

5-Day Ultralight 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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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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5 Hiking Shoes For Lightweight Backpackers

5 Hiking Shoes For Lightweight Backpackers

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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Five Lightweight Backpacking Dinner Recipes

Five 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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5 Lightweight Backpacking Breakfast Cereal Recipes

5 Lightweight Backpacking Breakfast Cereal Recipes

Looking to add some variety to your backpacking breakfasts? Here are five hot and cold cereal recipes to try on your next hike…

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Directory Of Lightweight Backpacking Tents And Shelters Under 3 Pounds

Directory Of Lightweight Backpacking Tents And Shelters Under 3 Pounds

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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The “Big 3″ Backpacking Gear Items

The “Big 3″ 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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Pictures From My Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-hike

Pictures From My Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-hike

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a long-distance backpacking and hiking trail that forms a 170 mile loop around Lake Tahoe. Here are some pictures from my thru-hike in the fall of 2011…

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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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How To Pack A Lightweight Backpack

How To Pack A Lightweight Backpack

With lightweight packs the way you organize your gear affects comfort as much as what you carry. There are many ways to pack a backpack. Here’s how I pack mine…

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7 Ways To Eliminate Foot Pain While Hiking

7 Ways To Eliminate Foot Pain While Hiking

It’s hard to enjoy the great outdoors when your feet hurt. Here are a some tips and tricks for eliminating foot pain and keeping your feet happy and healthy on your next backpacking trip…

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Directory of “Cottage Industry” Backpacking Gear Companies

Directory of “Cottage Industry” Backpacking Gear Companies

The best ultralight backpacking gear sometimes comes from small, hiker-owned businesses who design, manufacture and sell their gear on the internet. Before you visit the local gear emporium see what these these companies have to offer…

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Ultralight Day Hiking Pack List

Ultralight Day Hiking Pack 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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Ultralight Backpacking Water Filters And Water Purification Methods

Ultralight Backpacking Water Filters And Water Purification Methods

Unless you have experience drinking untreated back country water, it is recommended that you treat your drinking water by filtering or another method. Here are some popular water filters and purification methods…

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