I’ve taken a drink of the kool-aid and succumbed to using an alcohol stove. Without wanting to spend a lot of money, I wanted to reduce my pack weight. After conquering the BIG THREE, it’s time to take on the next big three. The two biggest places to cut there are (IMO) the sleeping pad and cook set. I’ve always been a fan of the canister stoves and thought it was something I couldn’t give up. Looking around on YouTube, I stumbled onto the “supercat” which looked easy enough to make so I thought I would give it a try.
What has worked best for me is to figure about 2lbs of food per person, per day. Of course, this varies from person to person based on body weight and exertion level. Bottom line, you shouldn't go to bed hungry. Backpacking burns several calories and it's important that you replenish yourself by eating and eating well.
I typically don't weigh out each meal, but I do weigh my entire food bag. It usually averages out to about 1.66 - 2lbs per day. Anything more than that is too much. It's important to make smart food choices. When I say smart food choices I don't mean (necessarily) the healthfulness of the food item, but the calories per ounce it provides. It's important to pack calorie dense foods because it saves space and weight in your pack.
Alright, so you've taken care of the BIG THREE it's time to take the next step. Buy a digital scale. You don't need anything fancy, just something that will measure in on ounces and grams. Any simple kitchen scale will work. This task may seem tedious, but it's worthwhile in making your transformation from light, to ultralight (UL).
Going ultralight is a game-changer. This can really help you excel in your backpacking ability which is why we highly recommend Ultralight (UL) backpacking at Backpacker's Resource. If you really want to be able to cover more ground and boost your hiking capacity follow our Going Light series. Our first two posts of the series show ways to cost effectively save some ounces. Now it's time to save some pounds!
What is the BIG Three? When we talk about the BIG Three, we are refering to the three heaviest pieces of equipment that every backpacker uses: Sleeping Bag, Shelter, and Backpack. In this post we are going to break them down one by one to help you save some serious pounds on your back.