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Trail Life: Ray Jardine's Lightweight Backpacking Paperback – January 1, 2009


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  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Adventurelore Pr (January 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963235974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963235978
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ray Jardine does it again with his updated guide to lightweight backpacking.
W. Isenberg
I highly recommend everyone who loves backpacking and would like to learn some new tricks read this book.
barbara j brown
The one place where an editor would have helped is for historical perspective.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I found out Ray Jardine was publishing a new edition of Beyond Backpacking I went to his web site and ordered a copy immediately (it not yet being in stores at the time). Beyond Backpacking having gone out of print quite some time ago, I was eager to read this book so many backpackers talk about. Perhaps the anticipation caused me to have expectations that were a bit too high. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book, with some great ideas and information, I was just expecting, well...more.

Trail Life is an updated version of Beyond Backpacking which is an updated version of Pacific Coast Trail Hiker's Handbook. I'm not sure why Mr. Jardine thinks it is a good idea to keep changing the title. As far as I can tell it is more or less the same content somewhat edited and updated. Overall I like the book, or at least I like Ray Jardine. As a backpacker It is hard not to respect this man who has hiked over 25,000 miles and help to change backpacking in some fundamental ways, Mr. Jardine having been one of the `pioneers' of light weight backpacking.
Trail Life can be enjoyed by anyone who loves to hike and backpack, but I would be hesitant to recommend this book to beginners. Primarily because the book appears to be an all inclusive `everything you wanted to know about backpacking' kind of backpacker's bible - but it's not. There are many sections discussing gear or skills where Mr. Jardine leaves out several pertinent pieces of information. For example; there is a thirteen page chapter on water discussing dehydration, purification, etc. Included are a few paragraphs on boiling and using iodine. Nothing on chlorine dioxide products (e.g. Aquamira) or ultraviolet pens (e.g. SteriPEN). This type of omission makes it obvious this book was not updated enough.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Isenberg on September 9, 2009
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Ray Jardine does it again with his updated guide to lightweight backpacking. This book is pretty definitive. Whether you are interested in trying backpacking or have years of experience, Jardine has useful information. Almost every facet of backpacking is covered from shelter and sleeping gear to clothing and innovative ways of staying dry. Jardine also emphasizes that the most expensive gear is usually not the best solution. He also discusses DIY projects for outdoor gear. If you want to start backpacking or if you'd like to find ways to reduce your packweight while increasing your mileage, this is the source.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mk on September 26, 2010
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As new to UL Backpacking I wanted to read what many consider to be the orginal source. Almost 400 pages detail his experience, gear, and thoughts during thousands of miles of backpacking. Sure, there's controversial stuff, tarps, quilts, organic food. But that's the whole idea to see what he's thinking and why. And, it doesn't come from nowhere, plenty of experience talking. I rate this 5 stars with the caveat to "absorb what is useful" train of thought and an excellent introduction to UL Backpacking from someone who seems to haev started many of the original ideas found today.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Solomon on December 7, 2009
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I have been backpacking for many years, usually with a 45+ pound pack. This last summer I decided I wanted to go ultralight, and Ray knows his stuff.

The book is written to be "understood" by people new to backpacking, but a lot of the things he talks about require you to have an existing understanding of backpacking...

Overall this is a really good book for people who want to get away from traditional backpacking, and into ultralight (which i highly recommend) It really is a goldmine of information.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eric Scarbro on January 28, 2013
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I've read Ray's earlier book, "Beyond Backpacking", and the latest one, "Trail Life" (I feel I can use the familiar as he refers to his products as Ray-Way). Ray comes across as a pleasant but slightly quirky individual. I suppose that shouldn't be too surprising for a person who has spent the majority of his adult life wandering around in the woods.

For a little perspective, I've been backpacking since 1974. At that time the "hiker's bible" was Colin Fletcher's "The Complete Walker". Fletcher should probably be given credit as the father of modern backpacking. Most hikers in the '70's had read his book, probably even Ray. Fletcher recommended the use of tarps, carefully weighing and selecting all equipment to be carried, and the general idea of thoughtfully considering every ounce of equipment you are putting in your pack and on your back.

Anyone reading the Jardine books should keep one thing in mind, something Ray himself emphasizes, the gear and techniques he advocates are what work for him. Over the years, I've used a lot of different equipment and hiked in many different environments, from the Alps of Switzerland to the Wrangell Range in Alaska, the deserts of Utah to the pine forests of Florida. Some of Ray's techniques work for me, some don't. I'll point out just a few, not as criticism of Ray or his book, but as information for prospective readers.

Running shoes don't work for me. I just need more foot and ankle support when carrying a pack, especially in rough terrain, even with one of Ray's light loads.

I notice a lot of backpackers I meet have also rejected Ray's prejudice against down sleeping bags. I don't know what Ray did to those bags, but his experience is not my experience.
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