Stripped Down Lightweight Backpacking Tips: Minimize Utensils, Optimize Toiletries, etc

Dade Lake, below Bear Creek Spire, Eastern Sierra. Photo by Brian Threlkeld
Dade Lake, below Bear Creek Spire, Eastern Sierra. Photo by Paul Clifford

A National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor (NOLS) for five years, Andrew Altepeter has taught hiking, lightweight hiking, climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering and skiing courses. Always looking to optimize his adventures, he modifies everything from his backpacks to his cooking kit and toiletries. He also carries the lightest gear he can find. As a NOLS instructor, he has the opportunity to share his knowledge of ultralight hiking with his students. Here are a few Lightweight Backpacking Tips ideal for students or any aspiring thru hiker or backpacker:

Read Andrew Altepeter’s two lightweight hiking blog posts.

Note from the editor: We originally had a link to our 4400 Porter Pack in this blog post because Altepeter recommended it as a lightweight option. However, after receiving feedback from various people on reddit, we decided to remove that link as our goal is to make our blog an educational tool rather than a sales tool.

 

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