Lightweight Backpacking Basics - Episode 1

Lightweight Backpacking Basics - Episode 1

One of the main reasons to minimize your pack weight is to maximum your freedom on the trail. Backpacking with a lighter pack will reduce stress on your body, give you more free time on the trail, and allow you to hike farther with less effort

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Ultralight Tents, Tarps & Bivys - Episode 2

Ultralight Tents, Tarps & Bivys - Episode 2

Your shelter will be one of the most important pieces of gear you bring on your backcountry trips for both safety and comfort. Shelters are also a great place to start saving weight in your pack. A traditional backpacking tent can easily weight 4-7 pounds. 

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Ultralight Backpacks - Episode 3

Ultralight Backpacks - Episode 3

The key differences in ultralight packs can be seen in the lightweight materials they're constructed with, the more minimal frames they utilize, the smaller volumes that they carry and the general simplicity of the packs themselves.

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Ultralight Sleeping Bags, Pads & Pillows - Episode 4

Ultralight Sleeping Bags, Pads & Pillows - Episode 4

Your sleeping system is very important for safety on the trail and it'll also have a huge influence on your enjoymentYour sleeping system will also play a huge role in reducing the weight of your backpack. Traditional bags can easily weigh between 3-5 pounds and ultralight bags can be as light as a pound or less.

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Essential Items & First Aid Kits - Episode 5

Essential Items & First Aid Kits - Episode 5

When you're ultralight backpacking, you’ll want to cut down on equipment as much as possible, but you never want to do that at the expense of your own safety.

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Ultralight Backpacking Stoves - Episode 6

Ultralight Backpacking Stoves - Episode 6

Eating a warm meal at the end of a long day on the trail can be one of the best parts of your day, and with lightweight cooking options, it doesn't have to break your back while you hike either!

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Lightweight Trail Food - Episode 7

Lightweight Trail Food - Episode 7

Trail food is a very personal choice. What you bring will greatly depend on your preferences, the nutritional value of the food, and how hard it will be to cook. Keeping your food weight down is a critical lightweight backpacking skill that will take experience to master. Hopefully these tips will help make that task a little easier. 

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Ultralight Footwear & Trekking Poles - Episode 8

Ultralight Footwear & Trekking Poles - Episode 8

When it comes to saving energy on the trail, choosing lightweight footwear is just about the most important decision you can make. Carrying weight on your feet is very costly for energy consumption. in fact, weight carried on your feet is about 4-6 times more costly than weight carried on your back. 

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Ultralight Clothing & Rain Gear - Episode 9

Ultralight Clothing & Rain Gear - Episode 9

A well thought out clothing system will keep you covered under almost any conditions and can be extremely light. Clothing choices are often overlooked and over packed, but clothing can an area to save a lot of weight and space. 

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Ultralight Water Purification - Episode 10

Ultralight Water Purification - Episode 10

Water presents an interesting dilemma for hikers. On one hand, it’s one of the most important items you’ll carry to keep yourself well hydrated and safe on the trail. On the other hand, it's also one of the heaviest items you'll carry in your pack.

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