Pack Weight

It’s really nice to not groan in pain when you put on your pack each morning and to be able to walk upright rather than hunched over.  We did old-school backpacking for decades, starting in the 1960s and 70s.  We know what it’s like to carry a 45-lb pack (Frodo) or a 65-lb pack (Scout).  Ultralight gear and a low pack weight make long-distance hiking more do-able and more enjoyable.

The hikers most likely to succeed are those who carry a light pack (well, kinda light – you’ll probably start with 8 to 10 pounds of water) and who have trained some.  A lot of successful long-distance hiking depends on mental toughness, but not being overburdened and being physically ready help immensely.  We’ve seen hikers “broken” after the first 20 miles, who have abandoned their hike because they weren’t prepared.  One excellent way to learn about preparation for a long-distance hike is to read Yogi’s PCT Handbook.

For more about ultralight hiking:,, and Good ultralight gear can be ordered from many small cottage-industry vendors – Z Packs, Gossamer Gear, Six Moons Design, Tarp Tents, ULA.  Some larger manufacturers also make ultralight gear – Big Agnes, Marmot, Western Mountaineering, Osprey, Feathered Friends and REI. Another good source for gear information is Treeline Review.

We particularly like the itty-bitty superlight stove found on amazon.

Also, we have 400 superlight sewing kits for hikers to take.