Welcome To Ultralight Backpacking

Thanks for visiting Ultralight-Backpacking.net. I started this site to discuss my experiences with ultralight backpacking, including reviews of ultralight equipment I have used and ultralight backpacking books. I  became interested in ultralight backpacking after reading Ray Jardine’s book “Beyond Backpacking” in 2005. At that point I had extensive experience with “traditional” backpacking (carrying nearly half my weight at times) on week long backpacking trips in Yosemite as well as backpacking tourist trips to Mexico and Europe.

I found Ray Jardine’s approach exciting, and I immediately took steps to reduce my pack weight. Although I was reluctant to embrace some of his more “radical” suggestions (or so they seemed at the time) such as using a tarp instead of a tent, I was able to get my base pack weight down considerably for several week long hikes I did on the Ozark Trail. At that point, my base pack weight was about 12 pounds, so more “lightweight” than “ultralight.”

Then in 2007 I had my son, and my backpacking career was put in a short hiatus. However, this year I’m committed to section hike a part of the Pacific Crest Trail – with hopes of doing a complete thru hike next year. I’ve been very excited by the changes that have happened in the past few years since I’ve been off the trail. The choices in ultralight equipment have really expanded, and the ultralight community has really grown as well. I’ve started this blog to discuss my experiences testing and trying out different methods, and I encourage you to visit and comment when you can. Thanks for visiting!

- Michelle