Ultralight Backpacking: A Beginner’s Guide

So, you’re tired of hauling the proverbial kitchen sink out on your back on your summer backpacking trips, as well as of standing on trail either in awe or envy as hikers, some of them much older or looking in lesser shape than you are, pass you by whistling as they walk, a bounce in their step, and carrying packs that make yours look like an overloaded 18-wheeler. Plenty of hikers, whether weekend backpackers or longer trail aficionados, are making the move to lightweight or ultralight gear, and here are a few primers to get you started on your way to happier and healthier hiking.

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