Intro to Ultralight Series – Part 1
Hi! I’m Achilles. Backpacking is my favorite sport, but I notice a lot of people dread it. So I’m here to fix the sport and make it more enjoyable for everyone. I’ll teach you how to do this by going “ultralight”.
In this 5 part introduction series you’re going to learn about:
- What ultralight can do for you
- What ultralight backpacking is
- What it is NOT
- How to “go” ultralight
Traditional backpacking allows you to explore parts of the backcountry you couldn’t reach during a day hike; ultralight makes this fun and easy, so you aren’t struggling up every mountain, too tired to enjoy the scenery.
Ultralight isn’t about leaving important gear at home. It’s about creating a system of gear that supports you in your hike, so you can be safer and more comfortable in the backcountry.
I’m going to re-define the sport of backpacking and make it pain-free.
Instead of carrying 30-40 pounds, you will be carrying less than 10 pounds (including food and water) for a 3-4 day trip.
Ultralight can make backpacking feel like you are day hiking. It’ll help you fly through a thru hike, or finish your thru hike with energy to spare. Instead of carrying gear, you’ll learn to make your gear “carry you”.
You can do this without compromising safety or comfort. I’m here to show you how.
Some of our goals:
- Spend more time in the woods
- Hike easier
- Hike farther
- Hike safer!
But it’s easier to understand by getting your feet wet. Let’s jump right in!
Head over to Part 2 to see what ultralight can do for you!
If you’re already a comfortable ultralighter, or want to start researching new gear choices, check out all of the articles in the main menu.
If you don’t feel like reading a whole lot, feel free to skip to the last intro article for a full gear shake-down.