These pages will hopefully be of use to the absolute beginner as well as the traditional backpacker making the transition to lightweight backpacking.
As I began to write this, I asked myself why I enjoy backpacking, what I enjoy about backpacking, why I do it, and even whether I enjoy it (clearly I do). This introspection will give you insight to what makes me tick (though I don't think I am all that unique). Above all, I enjoy being in the outdoors. I enjoy day hikes, and I also enjoy primitive "car camping". I came dangerously close to a career in geology because I thought it would be a way to earn a living working outdoors. If you don't think you would be put off by a bit of my own travelling down memory lane, you might want to read my:
My interest in backpacking has experienced a recent
renaissance with the discovery of ultralight backpacking.
I have done a lot of heavy weight "traditional" backpacking,
but had begun to wonder if the suffering was worth it.
Then I did a trip with some guys who were doing the ultralight
thing and have never been the same. I will absolutely try to
convince you that lightweight backpacking
is the only game in town.
You may want to jump right into my:
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