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Lightweight Backpacking: The Big Three

Six Moon Designs Luna Solo on The Long Trail, 2008

The three heaviest items in your backpacking are your backpack, sleeping bag+pad, and shelter, often called the Big 3. If you can drop their combined weight under 9 pounds by replacing them with lighter weight alternatives, you can quickly reduce your backpacking gear weight. The Big Three: Tent, Sleeping Bag+Pad, Backpack …

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Eliminating Non-Essentials

Ultralight Dispensing Bottles

This article’s focus is on helping you further reduce your pack weight by eliminating non-essential items including extra clothing or extra supplies that might be a convenience, but that you really don’t need to bring with you. This phase will require some more real world experimentation because you’ll probably need …

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Long Trail Gear List: Section Six

Here’s the gear list for my last major section hike of The Long Trail, a 4-day, 50 mile backpack from Johnson, VT to the Canadian Border. This gear list weighs a bit more than those from my late spring and summer hikes because the weather up north is getting a …

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Long Trail Backpacking Gear List: Section 3

I’ve got another section hike coming up on the Long Trail and I’ve made a few changes to my gear list. This next section will be a 4 day trip covering slightly over 47 miles over much more difficult terrain. After this section, I will have hiked close to 50% …

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