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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
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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
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
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
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
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