Essential Backpacking/Camping Gear (Ultralight)

A Listmania! list by Christopher Cook "Cookie" (Colorado, Idaho, Chicago)
The list author says: "Here is a list of some of the more useful and best gear that i have had the opportunity to use and test. I have long abided by the philosophy that when backpacking, "less is more and the little you take with you needs to work well and consistently." This list will help you find the products that do just that. Enjoy."
MSR WhisperLite International Stove
1.  MSR WhisperLite International Stove by MSR
The list author says:
  "See my 5 star review. (Please rate and comment)"
$99.95   Used & New from: $80.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

MSR Alpine Utensil Set
2.  MSR Alpine Utensil Set by MSR
The list author says:
  "i usually only bring the spatula but the strainer is nice.  These are just super light, the break down in half to take up no room, and they are not to expensive."
Out of stock
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

MSR Alpine Classic Cookset
3.  MSR Alpine Classic Cookset by MSR
The list author says:
  "This is a great bomb-proof cook set.  You only need to bring one pot if you want. The MSR stove on my list fits on this pot so its a great space saver (put the stove and its parts in the pot, close, and stick in the pack).  Also, use the lid as a pan when you need one, or just use the pot.  It's a great versatile, light kitchen set."
Out of stock
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
4.  Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter by Coghlan's
The list author says:
  "This is all you need to start a fire, stove, or the like.  It works when damp (and by damp i pretty much mean wet).  Its light and small.  It does take some patients to build up enough shavings to get the fire started and you still need to collect some good tinder. I would suggest practicing one or two times before you go out on the trail."
$5.99   Used & New from: $2.99
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

Petzl E47 PS Tikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Soft
5.  Petzl E47 PS Tikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Soft by Petzl
The list author says:
  "Great for in the tent, and by the fire. It's light, small, and runs forever.  Not to be used for lighting the trail ahead of you."
Out of stock
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Therm-a-Rest Compack Chair
6.  Therm-a-Rest Compack Chair by Therm-A-Rest
The list author says:
  "This is the seating sleeve for the pad. You may not think you need it but its fantastic for when you just wanna sit by the fire after a long day of hiking. It takes up no room or weight.  It also can help protect the actual pad."
$49.95
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite Plus Mattress
7.  Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite Plus Mattress by Therm-A-Rest
The list author says:
  "This was a recent upgrade from the standard therm-a-rest.  This packs down much smaller, only weighs about 1lb, and as its the "plus" its has a bit more insulation which i like for winter snow camping."
Out of stock
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Integral Designs Unishelter Exp eVENT Bivy with Bugscreen, Dark Green
8.  Integral Designs Unishelter Exp eVENT Bivy with Bugscreen, Dark Green by Integral Designs
The list author says:
  "This is an amazing bivy.  Its durable, and breathable. I have had other's but this one seems to keep the the most dry and also results in the least amount of internal condensation. I have has this in 1 foot of snow, hard rain and it was a beast. Its also light (1.9lbs) and with only one pole it packs down very small."
Out of stock

Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker Neck Knife
9.  Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker Neck Knife by Ka-Bar
The list author says:
  "This is a great all purpose survival knife.  It has a skeleton handle which you should wrap in 550 cord (paracord). It comes with a great sheath, and is extremely sharp right out of the box (you can shave with this knife).
Comparable knife, which i also have but is not on amazon, is the rat izula."
$32.39
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

Nylon Military Paracord 550 lbs Type III 7 Strand Utility Cord Rope 100 Feet
10.  Nylon Military Paracord 550 lbs Type III 7 Strand Utility Cord Rope 100 Feet by Army Universe
The list author says:
  "Survival cord.  super light weight and can hold 550lbs.  Good for stringing your pack up or food bag at night.  you always need some good cordage and what is nice about this it takes up minmal space.  i would say you cary about 50ft with you."
$7.99 - $8.25
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)

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Christopher Cook "Cookie" (Colorado, Idaho, Chicago)
Qualifications: Outdoor enthusiast lived in Sun Valley Idaho / Boulder Colorado
Last updated: 6/7/10
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