The Lightweight Gear Store
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THE LIGHTWEIGHT ZONE
(for the discussion of topics primarily related to lightweight backcountry travel)
Lite Gear Talk
(since 1997, the granddaddy of gear forums - the original hangout for serious gear heads. In here, talk gear -- lightweight, ultralite, superlite, hyperlite, whatever lite. It's all in here.)
Make Your Own Gear!
(discuss fabrics, tools, techniques, successes & failures -- (also, checkout the
Lite Food Talk
Lite Philosophies & Practices
(e.g., lightweight concepts, bears, ethics, lite
vs. heavy, shoes vs. boots, first aid kit vs. no first aid kit, light vs. hyperlight, your intellectual or spiritual musings, etc.)
(a variety of backcountry topics -- including general discussion)
(general backcountry issues - permits, harmonious multi-use (hiking, horses, hunting, motorized noise-makers, fishing, etc), conservation, regional issues, general backcountry Chit Chat & topics of interest that don't fit elsewhere.)
(the gadgets & your experiences --
optics (binoculars, monoculars) electronics (cameras, picture-editing software, GPS, compasses, altimeters, watches) communications (phones, radio, ham radio)
Backcountry Health & Safety
(share experiences and practical advice for staying healthy & safe in the backcountry: e.g., personal preparations; maintenance of body parts; general safety tips.)
ASK HERE - Backcountry Basics. This forum is for new hikers, backpackers & other backcountry travelers who have basic "HOW-TO" questions.)
Hiking with Animals (non-human)
( discuss corresponding lite gear, backcountry ethics & your own practices & experiences (positive & negative); introduce your animal friends (photos, stories, etc. )
Almost Over the Hill
(Strategy, technique, and dialog for the "almost-over-the-hill" hiker. Still miss the scent of burning wool as your socks dried next to the campfire - you can reminisce here :-) Need compassion for your age-related aches & pains - or are you a retiring "Baby-Boomer" who needs help getting started - this is THE place.)
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
(upcoming trip plans, trip reports, trail journals, as well as inquiries related to domestic & international backcountry destinations.)
(book reviews & discussion -- books related to or books you pack into the backcountry -- (also, get BOOKS at
OTHER BACKCOUNTRY ACTIVITIES
(Backcountry Activities -- other than general hiking & backpacking -- that benefit from Lightweight Resources)
Hiking with KIDS
(ultralight with children ? - experiences and tips for family hiking & backpacking adventures).
Biking / Cycling
(whether cross country or in the mountains, "lightweight in the backcountry" is the way to go -- share your experiences, gear and advice with other backcountry cyclists).
(whether it's wild Cutthroat, stocked Rainbow or ??, fishing in the backcountry is an adventure - mix in a little cross-country, ultralight tackle, solitude and the result is AWESOME !!)
Canoeing / Paddling
(what comes to mind is "lightweight portage" -- in this forum, share your equipment, techniques, adventures, experiences and advice with other paddlers !)
(AT / PCT / CDT / JMT, thru-hiking, section-hiking, fastpacking.)
Mountaineering / Climbing
(discuss lightweight gear, techniques, tips & experiences specific to mountaineering (e.g., climbing tools, scrambling techniques, basecamp tips, recent experiences, etc.))
Winter Backcountry Travel
(winter, the magic time to be out in it - talk equipment, techniques, destinations, experiences, etc. for snowshoeing, non-snow hiking, cross-country skiing, snow camping, etc. -- visit award-winning
The Winter Backpacker
Buy & Sell Gear Here!
(post want ads and buy & sell used gear - read forum policy!)
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