In 2014, I hiked the 2185.3 mile long Appalachian Trail. The most common questions I get are about gear/equipment. My backpacking philosophy mirrors my photography philosophy; the lighter your gear, the more you enjoy using it.
Lighten Your Pack Every Week:
Over the coming weeks, I will post ultralight gear tips on my blog. Some tips/resources will be from other sites, some will be of my own creation. Remember, every ounce counts!
Resource #1: HikeLight.com ("Only the Lightest")
This website not only sells interesting lightweight gear alternatives, but also posts some great resources on lightening pack weight. Here are two of their fast and dirty tip videos. Some of the tips and gear are a bit dated and the production quality is not great. If you can get past that, there is a lot to think about below:
Remember: Leave No Trace
When considering backpacking advice, make sure you think about your impact on your surroundings. The videos above provide many useful tips, but some are not appropriate in a backcountry setting (burning book pages, stashing water...)
MAX MISHKIN is...
a conservation photographer. Max's passion is to show the intimate and majestic moments that define great outdoor spaces.