Ultralight backpacking (and things I learned on the AT)

by Guy ‘Skirt’ Kisel


Table of contents:

Why go ultralight?

General guidelines

The three main items

Backpack

Shelter

Tents

Hammocks

Tarps

Bivy sacks

Cowboy camping

Sleeping bag

Other gear

Sleeping pad

Shoes

Boots

Trail runners

Barefoot shoes/no shoes

Gore-tex?

Cookset

Stoves

Alcohol

White gas

Isobutane canisters

Wood burning

Esbit

Pots

Utensils

First aid

Chafing prevention

Water treatment

Filters

Chemical treatment

UV treatment

Boiling

Clothes

Electronics

Hygiene

Food storage in bear country

Bear cans

Bear bags

Bear boxes

Trekking poles

Pack covers/pack liners

Knives

Water storage

Food

Weighing your gear

Shakedowns

Emergency preparedness

Personal locator beacons

First aid training

Share your itinerary

Carry a whistle

Leave No Trace

Gear manufacturers (in no particular order)

r/AppalachianTrail FAQ

Other useful links

Contact me

License


Why go ultralight?

        Backpacking is a lot more fun when you carry less weight. Your feet and knees hurt less, your hips and shoulders get chafed less, and you have less gear to keep organized in your pack.

General guidelines

The three main items

Backpack

Shelter

Tents

Hammocks

Tarps

Bivy sacks

Cowboy camping

Sleeping bag

Other gear

Sleeping pad

Shoes

                Boots

Trail runners

Barefoot shoes/no shoes

        Gore-tex?

Cookset

                Stoves

                        Alcohol

                        White gas

                        Isobutane canisters

                        Wood burning

                        Esbit

                Pots

                Utensils

First aid

        Chafing prevention

Water treatment

                Filters

                Chemical treatment

                UV treatment

                Boiling

Clothes

Electronics

Hygiene

        Food storage in bear country

                Bear cans

                Bear bags

                Bear boxes

        Trekking poles

        Pack covers/pack liners

        Knives

        Water storage

Food

Weighing your gear

Shakedowns

Emergency preparedness

        Personal locator beacons

        First aid training

        Share your itinerary

        Carry a whistle

Leave No Trace

Gear manufacturers (in no particular order)

r/AppalachianTrail FAQ

Other useful links

Contact me

License