Lighten that Pack
~ for backpacking & day hiking ~
Julie LePage & Philip Werner
(thanks to Mike Clelland and Diane Soini f...
Why Go Lighter?
• Because that ——->
looks ridiculous :)
• Less wear/tear, less
energy used
• Less stuff = more agile
• Cov...
What is Baseweight?
The weight of ALMOST everything in your pack….
Copyright: Mike Clelland, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: ...
Pack Weight
You Now? Future you!
Copyright: Mike Clelland, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips for...
My Road to Light-Weight
AMC - Outdoors Magazine
3 day backpack, June
I can barely
lift this
2014: BW = 12 lbs
PW = 19 lbs
...
Obstacles/Tradeoffs
• Lack of Knowledge
• Higher Co$t
• Fear of being unprepared
• Compromising Comfort/Safety
General Principles
• Simplify & be more efficient
• Pack to be safe, comfortable, secure
• Bring items that are
multipurpo...
1. Rethink
2. Repackage
3. Replace/Remove
How Do I Start?
How Do I Start?
Gear Shakedown
• Buy a scale
• Weigh, document
• Set a goal
• Rethink/Repackage/R
eplace
Experiment / Test...
Weigh & Document
http://ultralightbackpackintips.blogspot.com (search for spreadsheet)
Rethink, Repackage
82.4oz = 5.15 lbs
empty bottle = 6 oz x 2 = 12oz
2.5oz + 35.2oz = 2.36 lbs
2 empty bottles = 2.5 oz
emp...
Replace, Repackage
0.3 oz
both full
14.6 oz 3.0 oz
Reduce Weight: Backpacking
Big Three
• Shelter
• Sleep System
• Backpack
9 lbs (3 lbs ea)
Other Stuff
• Water/Meals
• Clot...
Backpacking Weight Savers (Big 3)
Shelters:
• Tarp
• Lightweight tarp/tents
• Hammocks
• Bivy Sack
Benefits:
• Great for t...
Backpacking Weight Savers (Big 3)
Sleep System
3/4 Sleeping Pad vs Full Pad
ZPacks QuiltNeoAir - Full sizeThermaRest 3-4 l...
Backpacking Weight Savers
Backpacks
• weigh 1 - 2 lbs
• super light materials
• often no more $ than big-
name backpacks
B...
Multipurpose items…
Bandana/Buff
• Towel, water filter, neck protection, pot
cleaner, tent
drier, hat, hairband, hanky, sa...
Reduce Weight: Dayhiking
Daypacks
• Most forgotten about
weight saver!
• 16L - 30L
Daypack - Kumo, GGear
Benefits:
• Light...
Reduce Weight: Dayhiking
Repackage - Make
things tiny!
• Bring only what you need
for the time out
mini hygiene items, cop...
Reduce Weight: Dayhiking
Footwear
• lighter footwear w/ your lighter
pack
• test on short hikes first
hiking shoes
trail r...
Some cheap ideas…
Water
• Replace the Nalgene, reuse plastic
water bottles, repackage H20 treatment
Food
• Dehydrated: Not...
DIY!
Stoves
•zenstoves.com
Clothes & Gear
•http://jasonklass.webs.com/
•https://diygearsupply.com
•http://thru-hiker.com/p...
Basic, Pro, Loco
Stove
Basic: share (-2)
Pro: replace (-1)
Loco: remove (-2)
Shelter
Basic: replace (-2)
Pro: Bivy (-1)
Lo...
Resources, Blogs, etc
Hiker Blogs
• SectionHiker.com
• Backpackingnorth.com
• Hikelighterm.com
Forums
• SectionHiker.com
•...
The End
After ditching the extras, now there’s room for kitty
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If you've been meaning to upgrade your backpacking or hiking gear with lighter weight items or "gasp", switch from heavy hiking boots to trail runners for 3 season hiking this presentation will guide through the basic concepts and techniques for lightening your load, so you can take less but do more.

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  1. 1. Lighten that Pack ~ for backpacking & day hiking ~ Julie LePage & Philip Werner (thanks to Mike Clelland and Diane Soini for the awesome illustrations and photos)
  2. 2. Why Go Lighter? • Because that ——-> looks ridiculous :) • Less wear/tear, less energy used • Less stuff = more agile • Cover more miles, see new places • Gain comfort in your efficiency & skills with less Heavy pack! Not as fun
  3. 3. What is Baseweight? The weight of ALMOST everything in your pack…. Copyright: Mike Clelland, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips for Extremely Lightweight Camping
  4. 4. Pack Weight You Now? Future you! Copyright: Mike Clelland, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips for Extremely Lightweight Camping
  5. 5. My Road to Light-Weight AMC - Outdoors Magazine 3 day backpack, June I can barely lift this 2014: BW = 12 lbs PW = 19 lbs And it only took me 6 years (its ok to laugh) Feeling light as a feather! 2008: BW = 30 lbs PW = 39 lbs
  6. 6. Obstacles/Tradeoffs • Lack of Knowledge • Higher Co$t • Fear of being unprepared • Compromising Comfort/Safety
  7. 7. General Principles • Simplify & be more efficient • Pack to be safe, comfortable, secure • Bring items that are multipurpose, compact, useful & dependable • Make big cuts first, little cuts second • This is can be fun, creative & inexpensive!
  8. 8. 1. Rethink 2. Repackage 3. Replace/Remove How Do I Start?
  9. 9. How Do I Start? Gear Shakedown • Buy a scale • Weigh, document • Set a goal • Rethink/Repackage/R eplace Experiment / Test • Try out new system on a short hike/backpack • Sort gear out & rethink: • 1. Used • 2. Didn’t use much • 3. Didn’t use at all Do Your Homework • Look around, steal ideas • Read articles, books.. • Scour hiker blogs
  10. 10. Weigh & Document http://ultralightbackpackintips.blogspot.com (search for spreadsheet)
  11. 11. Rethink, Repackage 82.4oz = 5.15 lbs empty bottle = 6 oz x 2 = 12oz 2.5oz + 35.2oz = 2.36 lbs 2 empty bottles = 2.5 oz empty
  12. 12. Replace, Repackage 0.3 oz both full 14.6 oz 3.0 oz
  13. 13. Reduce Weight: Backpacking Big Three • Shelter • Sleep System • Backpack 9 lbs (3 lbs ea) Other Stuff • Water/Meals • Clothing • Cookware & water treatment • FAK / Emergency gear • Toiletries takes more time/experimenting to achieve lightness
  14. 14. Backpacking Weight Savers (Big 3) Shelters: • Tarp • Lightweight tarp/tents • Hammocks • Bivy Sack Benefits: • Great for tree-filled forest, good air flow, super comfy, inner bug net Tradeoffs: • Can be colder, still need pad, not always light, $$$-$$$$ Benefits: • super light, compact, good air flow Tradeoffs: • Bugs*, can get wet from rain splash-back, pole placemt, $$$ Benefits: • Easy set up, good air flow, bug net, full coverage, $$ Tradeoffs: • Not as light/compact as tarp Benefits: • Small footprint, no fuss w/ poles/tarps, some have bug net Tradeoffs: • Can be TOO cozy, heavier than tarp/not much lighter than LW tent Tarp Lightweight Tent Hammock Bivy Sack
  15. 15. Backpacking Weight Savers (Big 3) Sleep System 3/4 Sleeping Pad vs Full Pad ZPacks QuiltNeoAir - Full sizeThermaRest 3-4 length Sleeping quilt vs Mummy bag Western Mountaineering Mummy bag Benefits: • Lighter, more compact Tradeoffs: • Might be less comfy/warm Benefits: • Lighter, more compact Tradeoffs: • Might be less comfy/warm
  16. 16. Backpacking Weight Savers Backpacks • weigh 1 - 2 lbs • super light materials • often no more $ than big- name backpacks Benefits: • Light! • Simple designs, no fuss Tradeoffs: • Less back ventilation • Weight limits/Capacity Limits • Treat with more care • some only good for summer HyperlightZPack GoLite Gossamer Gear
  17. 17. Multipurpose items… Bandana/Buff • Towel, water filter, neck protection, pot cleaner, tent drier, hat, hairband, hanky, sand storm protection for face Pot (Stove) • Can act as bowl, cup, washing vessel, blueberry collector. Hiking Poles • Tarps/Tent poles, helpful when crossing rivers/hiking Backpack • Goes under legs when sleeping on 3/4 pad, Sleeping Pad • Makeshift backpad; small foam models are good sit pads Floss • Thread Socks • Mittens Ziplocks • Repackage everything, first aid kit, wet weather foot protection/warmth, water scooper
  18. 18. Reduce Weight: Dayhiking Daypacks • Most forgotten about weight saver! • 16L - 30L Daypack - Kumo, GGear Benefits: • Light! Nothing extra! • Simple designs, no fuss • Some have mesh pockets to dry gear while hiking Tradeoffs: • Less back ventilation & padding • Weight/Capacity Limits • Treat with more care • some only good for summer Daypack - Zero, Zpacks Daypack - Flash, REIDaypack - Flight, SMD
  19. 19. Reduce Weight: Dayhiking Repackage - Make things tiny! • Bring only what you need for the time out mini hygiene items, copyright Diane Soini mini bug stuff, copyright Diane Soini
  20. 20. Reduce Weight: Dayhiking Footwear • lighter footwear w/ your lighter pack • test on short hikes first hiking shoes trail runners Benefits • lighter, more airflow dry fast • excellent grip • more like a sneaker, more agile • should have a supportive/stiff underfoot • breathable, mesh panels, great for hot feet Tradeoffs: • less ankle support • not waterproof • not as abundant in stores hiking shoes
  21. 21. Some cheap ideas… Water • Replace the Nalgene, reuse plastic water bottles, repackage H20 treatment Food • Dehydrated: Not just for dinner! • One container for everything Feet/Socks • Reuse, wash in eve, dry, wear again Headlamp • Use recharged batteries, leave extra batteries at home Get Skills & Practice! • Take WFA/CPR/AIARE classes • Take leadership training classes • Learn how to… • make a fire • a makeshift shelter • hike in the rain & keep warm • Test Runs: Hike on short trips with new gear Share Gear! • Reduce weight by sharing tents, sleeping bags (quilts) stoves, water treatment
  22. 22. DIY! Stoves •zenstoves.com Clothes & Gear •http://jasonklass.webs.com/ •https://diygearsupply.com •http://thru-hiker.com/projects/ •http://www.backpacking.net/homemade/ •http://www.backpackinglight.com/forums Food/All sorts •http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Projects- for-Backpackers/ DIY Pot Cozy DIY Alcohol Stove DIY Stuff Sack Hiker Bars
  23. 23. Basic, Pro, Loco Stove Basic: share (-2) Pro: replace (-1) Loco: remove (-2) Shelter Basic: replace (-2) Pro: Bivy (-1) Loco: tarp / poncho (-.5) Sleep System Basic: remove pillow, replace bag (-1.5) Pro: 3/4 pad (-.5) Loco: remove pad (-.5) How low do you want to go? Clothes Basic: one of each layer (-2) Pro: remove camp shoes (-1) Loco: socks as mittens (-.5) Water: Basic: Replace w/aquamira (-.8) Pro: take only what is necessary (-4) Loco: micro kit (-.2) Daypack/Backpack Basic: reduce size (-2, -1) Pro: replace with LW pack (-2) Loco: modify/trim straps (-.2)
  24. 24. Resources, Blogs, etc Hiker Blogs • SectionHiker.com • Backpackingnorth.com • Hikelighterm.com Forums • SectionHiker.com • Backpackinglight.com Lightweight Gear Makers/Sellers See Sectionhiker.com for a comprehensive list Anti-Gravity Gear (lots) •Gossamer Gear (packs, shelters, accessories) •Mountain Laurel Designs (lots) •Tarp Tent (shelters) •Titanium Goat (maker/store) •ULA (bigger haul packs) •Ultralight Designs (store) •Western Mountaineering (sleeping bags) •Zpacks (packs, accessories)
  25. 25. The End After ditching the extras, now there’s room for kitty

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