The Ultralight Backpacker : The Complete Guide to Simplicity and Comfort on the Trail

The Ultralight Backpacker : The Complete Guide to Simplicity and Comfort on the Trail

by Ryel Kestenbaum

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The Ultralight Backpacker : The Complete Guide to Simplicity and Comfort on the Trail by Ryel Kestenbaum

Developed primarily for long-distance treks, the ultralight method is considered by many traditional backpackers as too austere. Author Ryel Kestenbaum shows that thanks to recent improvements in equipment design and manufacture, as well as in food processing, ultralight backpacking now offers a safe and comfortable alternative to traditional backpacking methods.

In The Ultralight Backpacker, he dispels the myths surrounding this rapidly growing trend. Kestenbaum acquaints readers with the ultralight philosophy and shows how backpackers can once and for all do away with heavy packs and move quickly and comfortably on the trail, whether on a day-trip or season-long trek. He also provides the most complete survey available of ultralight equipment, clothing, and footwear, along with tips on how to select the right gear for each reader’s unique interests, needs, and personality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071368285
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2001
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Ryel Kestenbaum is a writer and all-around outdoor enthusiast. He has taught skiing, climbing, and backpacking in Colorado and California. Since succumbing to the lure of ultralight backpacking, he has logged hundreds of ultralight miles throughout the United States and Canada.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: The Ultralight Way1
Pillars of the Ultralight Way
Why Ultralight?
1.Backpacks5
The Right Fit, the Right Feel
Lightweight Backpacks
The Ultralight Backpack
Trimming the Fat
How to Pack a Pack
2.Shelter19
Tents
The Ultralight Tent
Trimming the Fat
Tarps
Bivy Sacks
3.Sleeping Bags36
Down versus Synthetics
The Ultralight Sleeping Bag
Care of Your Bag
Sleeping Pads
Trimming the Fat
4.Footwear47
The Big Switch
The Naked Foot
Ankle Support
The Ultralight Shoe
Trimming the Fat
Rain and Wetness
Shoe Care
Insoles
Socks
5.Clothing59
The Layering System
Trimming the Fat
6.The Rest of the Gear70
What to Bring
Trimming the Fat
What to Leave at Home
7.Food84
Building Blocks of Ultralight Food
And Now ... the Food
8.Health and Safety94
Animals
Staying Found
Weather
First Aid
Drinking Water
Hygiene
Stretching
9.Walking107
Relaxation: The Strongest Muscle
Bones: The Soft Touch
Keeping Pace
Rest Breaks
Trekking Poles
10.The Ultralight State of Mind115
The Most Essential Piece of Gear
The Mythology of Gear
From Equipment Reliance to Self-Reliance
Meditation
Wilderness Ethics
11.On the Long-Distance Trail121
Training
Logistics and Planning
Mental Adjustments
Training: Month-by-Month
Appendices129
An Ultralighter's Overnight Pack
Manufacturers and Suppliers
World Wide Web Resources
Index135
Photo Credits and Trademarks140

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