Monday, August 29, 2011

The "Super Ultralight" Backpacking Trip

This video showcases the "lighter side" of backpacking by featuring a trip using my new, less than 5lb pack system. This style of hiking is technically referred to as "Super Ultra Lightweight Backpacking". After much time spent in the field hiking with packs weighing upward of 50lbs, the past few years have found me leaning toward a slightly more "minimalist" approach in regard to my backpacking style. This path first brought me to pack weights of about 20 pounds... ultimately arriving where I am now with a full feature pack weighing less than 5lbs. Don't get me wrong, I like gear as much as the next person. In fact, a variety of gear is not only necessary for certain outdoor pursuits, but mandatory in many instances. With that said, I have taken a serious look at what I actually "need" for certain activities, and have been adopting a "less is more" mindset. This has been more of a person challenge as much as anything. Safety and comfort remain paramount. I am not advocating going into the wilderness under-equipped or unprepared. Significant experience in the field is essentially mandatory to find a balance of what is luxury and what is necessity. Even with this knowledge and experience, these types of gear systems are limited to specific conditions and circumstances. Of course, all of this is only my own opinion and personal experience. I remain open-minded and welcome any insight, experience, and advice that you may have to offer. I will soon be uploading a comprehensive review highlighting the entire system that is featured in this video. This will include a complete breakdown of gear, weights, prices, and personal philosophies. Until then, a quick look at the major "load out" contents for this trip:
• Hip / Fanny Pack
• Tarp Tent Shelter (with stakes & cordage)
• Ultralight Down Sleeping Bag
• Sleeping Pad
• Emergency Blanket
• Cook-Set (alcohol stove, pot, grill, utensil, etc)
• Water Bottle / Purification
• Clothing (base layers, socks, micro-fleece jacket)
• Essentials Kit (knife, flashlight, lighter, whistle, multi- tool, etc)
• First-Aid Kit
• Repair Kit
• Toiletries Kit
• Consumables (food, water, fuel, etc)
• Extras (fishing rod, reel, tackle)