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Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips For Extremely Lightweight Camping Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Written in the tradition of the successful Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Telemark Tips, with 153 trail-tested tips full of solid advice, as well as more than 100 humorous and helpful illustrations, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips is the ultimate guide for backpackers serious about traveling ultralight. Just a few of the top ten tips expounded upon in the book:
* Use a scale.
* Comfortable and safe are vital!
* Make your own stuff, and making it out of trash is always the best!
* It’s okay to be nerdy.
* Try something new each and every time you go camping.
* Know the difference between wants and needs.
About the Author
Mike Clelland is an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School and is an illustrator who studied Mad magazine rather than go to art school. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Allen & Mike's Telemark Tips and Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book (both FalconGuides).
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If you're a traditional backpacker and think you know all you need to know about gearing up for self-sufficient travel in the wilderness with a 40 to 60 pound load, start gradually incorporating the ideas in this book as you backpack. It will totally revolutionize the way you look at backpacking.
Having used more and more of the techniques and ideas here, I've gotten my base weight down to about 6.5 lbs and my total carried pack weight is around 12-14 lbs (depending on food/water amounts) for a 2-night trip, all while eating well and staying warm. I am now an Ultralight convert, and you too will be once you give it a try!
The one Negative and it's a big one, for me --
Even on my desktop computer, with it's large screen, the illustrations are too small to read the captioning. There is no way, I've found to "Zoom in" so that they are easily seen.
It's structured around those 153 tips--most/all of which experienced UL backpackers already know--but the clarity and wit of the book raised my motivation to cut more weight and keep it simple for the sake of an awesome hike. The joy of an adventure in the woods is what we're after, and that's mostly about simplifying the goofy things that can get between us and the wild earth.
Sometimes UL backpackers get pretty uptight about the ounces and grams. Clelland seems like he's having a blast--and it's contagious. The book can be motivation and laughs for the experienced ULer and a fun introduction for newbies.