Lightweight Backpacking Basics

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Let’s start off by taking a quick look at the 3 philosophy points

You can do this. Ultralight backpacking is not exclusive, it’s not highly specialized, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

There is no perfect backpacking style. There will be pros and cons with all equipment choices and we’ll help you find what’s the best fit for you. Atlanta Lightweight Backpacking Classes

Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s easy to spend a lot of time focusing on equipment and it can easily become overwhelming. To start out, focus on your heaviest items and then work your way down to smaller gear. Remember, even the lightest pack won’t do you any good sitting in storage, so get out there and have an adventure.

You will be surprised at what you don’t need to pack. One of the things we hope you learn while you go out into the Wilderness is “trust the trail” it provides more than you think.

Lightweight backpacking is NOT going out there alone with a knife and tarp. This is just plain stupid. However, it can be satisfying to know that you don’t have to carry the kitchen sink to be comfortable and have everything you need.

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