Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Backpacking the Light Way: Comfortable, Efficient, Smart” as Want to Read:
Backpacking the Light Way: Comfortable, Efficient, Smart
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Backpacking the Light Way: Comfortable, Efficient, Smart

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This is not another backpacking gear book. Backpacking the Light Way is for both beginner and advanced backpackers who want to pack more efficiently, carry less weight, still be fully prepared for contingencies, and have more fun in the backcountry. It will benefit instructors and guides by giving them methods to teach their clients, and it will help them refine their risk ...more
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by Menasha Ridge Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Backpacking the Light Way, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Backpacking the Light Way

Community Reviews

Showing 1-35
Average rating 4.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Backpacking the Light Way: Comfortable, Efficient, Smart
Vỹ Hồng
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book about transitioning from traditional backpacking to ultralight backpacking. The author promises that this will not be another gear review book and the advice here will transcend generations of new gears. From what I can tell, the main message here is "know what's important to you, save every ounce possible and be creative about it".

The book's content is mainly drawn from the author's own experience in moving to ultralight backpacking. Towards this end, the author compares the pro
...more
Jonathan
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book about ultralight backpacking is surprisingly accessible to the average, or even beginner backpacker. It contains the right combination of theory, preparation, decision trees, and gear recommendations to meet anyone's demands.

The only downside to this, and why it is getting 4 stars is because it is a little _too middle_ of the road. There is much to be said for beginners getting into ultralight backpacking, as well as experienced backpackers who want to see what a deep dive into ultrali
...more
Gareth Farrow
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book to contain useful information although in my opinion there was some waffle, writing that really didn't need to be there. The book contains stuff about dealing with winter backpacking (snow etc.) and leading groups. Hence there are aspects to this book that most people wont find of any use.

Overall it made me think about the items I put in my backpack and now I'm considering how to reduce weight. A good book to read but really it's a lot of words to simply say: Don't carry so muc
...more
Jennifer
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
For a beginner backpacker like me, this was a good introduction to the world of ultralight backpacking, although much of the book was too wordy and theoretical for my tastes. At the end of the book are some case studies about actual treks the author has led, with much detail about what went wrong and how they dealt with the situations. That was unexpectedly useful and interesting reading.
Walter Underwood
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting approach to lightweight and ultralight packing, similar to my own. Skills and planning weigh nothing, so use those to pack the right stuff. Use "bridging" gear to move from conventional to lighter packing. And before all of that, know why you are leaving the trailhead and plan for that goal. ...more
Beth
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very informative w/color photos.
Kathryn
rated it really liked it
Aug 19, 2019
Dave Franklyn
rated it liked it
Nov 08, 2015
Sarah
rated it really liked it
Mar 20, 2018
Drew
rated it it was amazing
Dec 20, 2018
Spikkio
rated it it was amazing
Oct 11, 2020
Tim Warson
rated it really liked it
Jan 23, 2021
Jeff
rated it liked it
Jan 06, 2019
Brian Outdoors
rated it really liked it
Apr 11, 2019
Jim Wood
rated it it was amazing
Feb 15, 2019
Katrin
rated it it was amazing
Nov 26, 2015
Gwen Aldrich
rated it really liked it
Jan 17, 2018
Debbi
rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2017
Karin
rated it liked it
Mar 24, 2019
Mike
rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2016
Hil Hoover
rated it really liked it
Jul 18, 2019
Drew Thomas
rated it it was amazing
Mar 31, 2018
Lydia
marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2016
Adam S
marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2016
Jake
marked it as to-read
Sep 05, 2017
Gabe
added it
Feb 01, 2018
Edward
added it
Feb 14, 2018
Uh...Joel
marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2018
Talia Balma
marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2018
JS
added it
May 26, 2019
Andrey
is currently reading it
Jun 20, 2019
Victor
marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2019
Helbo
is currently reading it
Aug 16, 2019
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
  • Difficult Conversations (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)
  • Virtual Collaboration (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)
  • On the Shortness of Life: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader
  • Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself (with bonus article "How Will You Measure Your Life?")
  • Never Far Away
  • Il minimalismo per vivere meglio
  • Continuous delivery and DevOps A Quickstart Guide
  • Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
  • The Book of Coaching: For Extraordinary Coaches
  • Sono qui per te. Per una relazione d'amore duratura e consapevole
  • Déjame que te cuente
  • The Best British Mysteries
  • Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager
  • Reinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You've Always Wanted to Be
  • Perseverance: An Alaskan’s 2,000 mile journey on the Appalachian Trail
  • Robert B. Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me (Spenser Book 33)
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Ciannon Smart has been holed up in her England home since the pandemic began a year ago, but by no means has she been idle. She’s been on...
35 likes · 7 comments