The purpose of our ultralight backpacking class is not to turn you into an ultralight backpacker carrying a 10 pound pack, although such a thing has happened a couple of times. Rather, we want to introduce you to some controversial and heretical ideas that may change everything about the way you backpack. If we do our jobs right, you will come away thinking we are either totally out of our minds or on to something of profound significance.
Most people will find themselves somewhere in the middle, and these people will remove at least 10 pounds from their current pack the next time they go backpacking. Guaranteed!
This class is fun. Sure, we are ideologues, but we are ideologues with a sense of humor. We don't expect you to agree with everything we tell you. In fact, the class will go better if you put up some token resistance. We do know, from experience, that what we are telling you works. We've been there, we carry light packs, we are creatures of comfort, like you, and not that much into suffering. We don't hike this way because we are masochists. We hike this way because it's fun and because we can, even at our age.
If you have suspected that everything your parents told you about backpacking is wrong, this is the class for you. Come learn how to go safely, comfortably, and lightly into the mountains with everything you need on your back, and nothing you don't.