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.
UL packing can be broken down into three subclasses: Lightweight, Ultralight, and Hyperlight. The difference between the three comes down to base weight. Everything in a hiker's pack, with the exception of food, fuel, and water, is included in this total.
The biggest contributor to any backpacker's baseweight is, of course, the BIG THREE. I've worked hard and invested time and money into finding the gear that works best for me while still being light. I've made some changes to my gear since the original post on the BIG THREE, but we'll get into that later. Let's take a look at the three subclasses of UL packing and what's required to meet those criteria.
Here is a video where I go over my cooking setup. Note that the weight shown at the beginning of the video includes a full cannister of fuel. Enjoy.
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.
Store purchased first aid kits can tend to be expensive and heavy. Here is an easy DIY for you to assemble your own first aid kit. Chances are, you've got most this stuff lying around your home. Altogether, this kit weighs 3.8 oz so above all, it's ultralight.
The big concern with going ultralight is the cost. Check out some great ways to save money and go ultralight at the same time in the video below. One of these ideas sounds very familiar (hint: Aquafina bottle); I like the way this guy thinks. He's got some great ultralight advice.
Check out Jason's channel on YouTube! He also has some good UL fishing advice for you anglers out there.
We all can agree that ounces add up and eventually become pounds. Here is an easy way to to save some ounces, and potentially some money by switching to a simple Aquafina bottle.
Although lighter, the typical soda bottle can be awkward and occupy unnecessary space if not being used. BackpackersResource recommends: The Platybottle found in our hydration section.