1994 was my last backpacking trip in Colorado during the 13 years we lived there. I had backpacked in the east since I was a Boy Scout, usually on a 2-3 day trip up some mountain. My pack weight was 50+ lbs, my leather boots shredded my feet and with injuries, I just couldn't carry the weight anymore. At the time, I changed to using a small hydration pack, hiking poles and lighter boots for day trips but my feet were still shredded. That's when I discovered how well trail running shoes handled hiking.
I came across lightweight backpacking again a few years ago at a new job when I met an employee who was really into it. Robert brought his lightweight pack and stove in to work to show me what he used. He talked about hiking with 8 lbs of gear on his back all over Florida. After our talks I began adding some lighter-weight equipment to my pile of gear. After a few semi-lightweight backpack trips with Boy Scouts recently (mixed with my old gear while in my son's troop) I started really reading up on it.
Gossamer Gear was my first stop. They list several bloggers on their site who I still read today. Erik the Black was another lightweight poster I read online. His site includes packing lists and lots of food and equipment ideas. I have been reading websites online for over a year now and have begun purchasing equipment to carry me outdoors, only lighter.
|Snow Peak Titanium Stove - 4.8 oz|
Sleeping -35 degree quilt and Therm-a-Rest Z-Pad (saves 2.5 lbs)
Backpack -Gossamer Gear Murmur (saves 2.5 lbs)
Stove -Trail Designs Ti-Tri ULC - Alcohol, Esbit and Wood (saves about a pound)
Tent - Gossamer Gear The One or Tarptent Contrail (saves 2 to 1.5 lbs)
I also will buy an ounce/gram scale in the next few weeks to check what I buy and plan to keep. My goal in purchasing items is to (at least) cut the weight in half. There are still a few hiking accessories I have not made up my mind about.
I do own an iso-propane stove, snowshoe/hiking poles, a 3lb 1-person tent, a 4lb 2-person tent and a very small headlamp (for nightly bathroom trips) and will trade up when the time and deal is right.
My goal is to travel with 10-15 lbs of gear on my back. Please join me in my discovery.
Here's some links to check out if you are interested: