Taking off the Weight: Lightweight Backpacking Equipment

Lightweight backpacking requires updated gear in order to keep the base weight of the pack (without consumable supplies like food) under twenty pounds. Lightweight backpacking equipment is key, since in covers all of the essentials needed to camp and cook in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Big Gear

There are three essentials that every backpacker needs to consider in the big gear lightweight backpacking equipment. The first, and some might say most essential ingredient, is the right pack. Most backpacking enthusiasts have several packs that they can choose from according to the specifications of the trip. Each pack needs to be lightweight but durable, able to withstand multiple types of extreme weather conditions. It also must be strong enough to carry at least twenty pounds (after food and water has been added to the base supplies) and should have multiple straps and buckles where the backpacker can tie on multiple supplies to the outside of the pack in addition to the pockets and space within. The backpack must fit the hiker properly, and employees of shops specializing in lightweight backpacking equipment are able to help backpackers get fitted in and choose the perfect pack for backpacking, hiking on a day trip, or going on an expedition.

The next essential piece of lightweight backpacking equipment is the tent. There are many choices out there of lightweight tents that are also waterproof and durable for extreme conditions. Like the pack, backpackers usually have multiple tents to choose from depending on the site of the trip. In some cases, they can go ultra light, only needing a tarp to sleep under. Other times they can get away with a screened in tent with no rain cover. Both of these options radically help to reduce the weight as well as save on space within the backpack. Other times the backpacker may be going into high altitude, cold weather camping which requires a much more weather resistant tent, which they will also want to be as light and compact as possible.

Thirdly is the sleeping system, which also varies according to conditions. No lightweight backpacking equipment package is complete without it. If a backpacker is going to be climbing a mountain and wants to sleep on the side of the cliff, then he needs to be prepared with the sling that will allow him to do that. Sleeping bags are rated according to their ability to keep a person warm at different temperatures. Thus, backpackers are usually equipped with different bags, liners and sleeping pads to choose from, depending on conditions.