Hiking: They’re seeing the light | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Practical reasons for lightening your back packing load. Resposting article on Guthook, AKA Ryan Linn, which appeared in Sunday’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

 

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8 thoughts on “Hiking: They’re seeing the light | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

  1. Reminds me of the saying that the weight of your pack is directly proportional to your fear. At the extreme, however, substitute “stupidity” for “fear”. I’m all for going as light as possible, but for a thru-hike you need to balance weight and overall comfort. The value of a good night’s sleep on a comfortable sleeping pad can’t be overstated! On my AT thru-hike I initially carried an ULA ultralight pack, but its lack of suspension eventually began to cause back pain. A fellow-hiker with the same pack developed a fracture in one of her vertebrae. Common sense rules. Thanks for the post, UT!

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    • I like the ULA Catslyst, but once it hits 30 Pounds I suffer. I am now packing with a really comfortable Arc’tertx that weighs 4 pounds. I am not an ultralight hiker but would like to be.

      • We should get together soon – I’ll sign up for the cookstove class in Oct and maybe we can compare notes on equipment for our respective hikes next summer!

      • where are you planning to hike? UT

        “It doesn’t work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps”. -Source unknown

      • The PCT. It’s been a goal since I first read about the trail in National Geo when I was a kid.

      • Wow, Great. A truly epic adventure. I’d be glad to get together with you and cut to the quick. Tom ” It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness: poverty and wealth have both failed.” Kim Hubbard

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