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Ultralight Backpacking Clinic

  • Aug 28, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Moosejaw Boulder

Hello all,

Moosejaw is going to put on a FREE Ultralight Backpacking Clinic, and Chaos is invited! They did a great job with the layering clinic, so come on out and learn some great tips and gear associated with ultralight backpacking. You don't have to be an ultralight fanatic; just lowering your pack weight with new ideas here and there (the ones that are right for you) can make your trips much more enjoyable.

As an added bonus, Moosejaw also usually gives us an extra 5% discount that day (so 20% total) off purchases.

Hope to see you there!

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  • Dan

    I actually thought the clinic was pretty well targeted based on the questions that were being asked and helpful (at least for me) - thanks AJ for running it and sharing your experience! It would have been nice to discuss sleeping bags and tents/bivys (or lack thereof) in more detail since those are often big weight contributors, but one can only cover so much in an hour. Perhaps there could be a more advanced Part II in the future, with more focus on ultralight strategies, minimalist technical gear, weight distribution inside and outside the pack, and a "backpack makeover" as Thomas suggested (with the help of a scale).

    August 29, 2013

    • AJ

      Glad that it was beneficial to you. Yeah, you can only do so much with time. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll keep them in mind and will see what I can line up later. Unfortunately, my life is very hectic right now; so can't set something up in the near future.

      August 29, 2013

  • Thomas David K.

    Any backpacking meetup will have this problem. No other sport has as many novices who want to try it, and so few experienced people who are willing to take the novices out. So "Backpacking 101" classes are always a good idea.

    A suggestion for improving this talk. Heather was kicking herself last night for not bringing her backpack and asking you to do a "makeover." Her clothes, sleeping bag and pad, and personal items weigh 27 pounds. I carry the tent, stove, and food and my pack weighs 35 pounds for a weekend. Without food and water my pack weighs 22 pounds, including a 3-person tent (two people and a dog). You could tell people to bring their backpacks and do some makeovers.

    August 29, 2013

    • Thomas David K.

      Heather gets cold easily so she has a winter sleeping bag, a down parka, etc. On the other hand, she eats almost nothing. I eat much more but I don't get cold. I have the GoLite 1.5-pound sleeping bag and it's more than I need for the summer.

      August 29, 2013

    • AJ

      It's common that women run colder than men, so I'd expect her to carry a little more. However, I don't know it should be more than a full three person tent's weight worth... Sorry we couldn't go over more; and I'll keep that possibility in mind for future sessions.

      August 29, 2013

  • Annette

    Thanks AJ for coordinating this during your free time and sharing your personal experiences on what you find useful.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    It was not really an "Ultralight" clinic. It was more of a Backpacking 101 clinic. I wanted to see the tips and tricks an ultralight packer uses do get their pack down to 15 pounds or lighter. AJ mentioned that his summer pack is about 16 lbs and his winter pack is 20 lbs. It would have been great to see those packs and there contents. Or his friends pack he kept mentioning who is an obsessive ultalighter. I wanted to see the extremes people are using to go ultralight. There was no mention of tents and sleeping bags either. I walked away with one tip like using an emergency blanket for a tent foot print. I hope AJ can redo this clinic and share his experience in the crazy things people do to get there packs as light as possible.

    August 29, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      You are right. You did touch on ultra light stuff, I just wanted to see the extreme end of the spectrum. Thanks for the resources.

      August 29, 2013

    • AJ

      Another ultralight tip I forgot to mention last night, is for most ultralight people, almost everything they carry has more than one use. Such as the big Tyvek envelope used as a pack drybag, and as a waterproof groundcloth. Another very useful item is a bandana. Many use it on their head for sun protection, or get it wet and use it on the head or neck to cool down, or use it to put on the top of the nalgene to pre-filter water before adding iodine or drops, or as a bandage/tourniquet, etc. The point being, if it only has one use, see if you can do without it or compensate with another piece. (Such as the backpack being the ground insulation for the feet.)

      August 29, 2013

  • AJ

    Good group with lots of good questions and sharing of experiences.

    August 29, 2013

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