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If you engage in backpacking, at some point, you may consider packing a lighter load. That consideration was the main reason that Backpacking Lightweight was created in 1996, and it continues to be its primary focus. Since then, however, the Lightweight Backpacking & Hiking website has grown to include a vast repository of resources useful for year-round backcountry safety & enjoyment. While it is true that Backpacking Lightweight promotes ultralight backpacking & hiking, featuring lightweight backpacking equipment, it is a also a proven resource - for all backcountry travelers - for researching and purchasing quality outdoor gear!!  We welcome you, and we hope you will enjoy traversing the Lightweight Backpacking & Hiking website.

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Bear Attacks & Pepper Spray
( by Scott )

Bear Attacks & Pepper Spray:
 
I was attacked by a black bear (trash bear) last summer in Yosemite. I can tell you that pepper spray works and saved my arse. I believe that I owe my life to pepper spray. Sure, it's not foolproof and as they say its not 'brains in a can' but it beats trying to fight him with your bare hands.

Carry it ready to go on your hip in a holster - mine is from the UDAP company. It points forward so it can even be fired from the hip without taking it out. I like shotguns but the rangers in National Parks aren't keen on them and they're too heavy. Save the Mossberg for turkey season.

I believe that black bears anywhere are not much of a threat. I've had two encounters with them while hiking here in Colorado, including surprising a sow and cub, and in both instances the bears simply moved on, unconcerned about me. I have also come home to find one bear destroying my gas grill (I live in the mountains) which ran away when I yelled at it.

That said, black bears in the Sierras, especially Yosemite and Mt. Whitney National parks, are an entirely different story. They are completely habituated to humans and human food and show no fear whatsoever of us. I think it's foolish to camp in the backcountry of these areas without carrying pepper spray.

Complete Article HERE ! )


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  Western Mountaineering Ultralite Sleeping Bag weighs 1 lb 10 oz (737 grams), rated 20 F / -7 C, 14 oz (397 grams) of 850-fill goose down, down-filled draft tube with stiffener along full zipper track. Awesome ultralight sleeping bag !
Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag the Western Mountaineering VersaliteWestern Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag
  Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag weighs 2 lb (907 grams), rated 10 F / -12 C, 20 oz (567 grams) of 850-fill goose down, down-filled draft tube with stiffener along full zipper track with split-full down-filled collar. This is an amazing lightweight sleeping bag !
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 Western Mountaineering Antelope Micro Fiber weighs 2 lb 7 oz (1106 grams), rated 5 F / -15 C, 26 oz (737 grams) of 850-fill goose down, down-filled draft tube with stiffener along full zipper track with split-full down-filled collar. Water repellant and wind proof 20 Denier MicroLite microfiber shell covering. Excellent foul-weather sleeping bag !

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Lightening the Load
( by Greg Cope (aka trailblazer) )

Hiking Lightweight:
 
Hiking lightweight is not a new concept. Since the advent of what we consider backcountry hiking, there have been those who have headed into the backcountry with little more to accompany them than a blanket and a little food. Indeed, anyone who has hiked for an extended period of time knows the value of lightening the weight one carries. A lighter backpack can not only help propel one up that hill, or help ones knees on the backside of that hill, but also can help one enjoy the overall venture even more. Before I began my lightweight change, I would hike just to get there. Now - with less weight - I can actually hike just to hike.
 
As I look back several years ago, my backpack must have weighed in at over 50lbs. It was an all too familiar feeling for me....hike a few minutes, rest. Hike a few minutes, rest. With my heart beating so hard and my head reeling in exhaustion, I had a hard time enjoying what should have been solitude and serenity, but was only downright punishment......It was during one of these moments several years ago when the ray of "light" .... dawned ...

Complete Article HERE ! )


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Hiking with Children
( by Penny Schwyn )
Hiking with Kids:
 
IMPORTANT

This article is not meant to be a substitute for common sense, or a treatise on child care. The purpose is to provide guidelines and suggestions as what has worked successfully for other parents who have ventured into the woods with their kids, before you. Many people have contributed to this, either with direct assistance in editing, or through posts to rec.backcountry.

INDEX (see article for index)

Intro and General Considerations:

You have kids, and now your hiking and backpacking life is over, correct? Wrong. While some people decide that taking kids out into the backcountry is going to be too much work, there are many of us that have had wonderful family times with a little altering of how we did it "BC". (before children)

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