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Description - The Ultralight Backpacker : The Complete Guide to Simplicity and Comfort on the Trail by Ryel Kestenbaum

With recent improvements in equipment manufacture and design (lighter pack frames, sleeker tents, special sleeping bags, multipurpose fabrics, for example), and in food processing, the ultralight method is no longer one that sacrifices comfort for utility, and "The Ultralight Backpacker" is the first book to point this out. "The Ultralight Backpacker" is the first balanced and comprehensive treatment of a much-debated and rapidly growing trend that challenges many of backpacking's long-held assumptions. Devotees of backpacking's traditional "bring everything but the kitchen sink" school set out on an overnight hike with a pack that could weigh as much as 50 or 60 pounds. The "ultralight" hiker, in contrast, pares equipment, food and clothing to a minimum to go faster and cover more distance. Assume an ultralight hiker and her traditional counterpart arrive at the trailhead at the same time. The ultralight hiker carries a 20-pound pack and heads off, hiking briskly and comfortably in running shoes. The traditional backpacker hefts a 50-pound pack and treks in heavy hiking boots. At the end of the day, the ultralight hiker is seven miles farther along the trail, relaxed, refreshed. She boils a pack of ramen noodles on a one-burner stove, eats, curls up in a lightweight sleeping bag under the stars. The traditionalist is tired, nursing blisters and so annoyed because of shoulder pain that he's missed the beauty of the last portion of the hike. "The Ultralight Backpacker" works for any hiker looking for a less-stressful trip - whether it's for a night, a weekend or several months on the trail. It shows how proper planning and the right attitude blend to create a backpacking philosophy that will attract beginners and convert traditionalists. "The Ultralight Backpacker" also presents the most thorough survey of new equipment, clothing and footwear available.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780071368285
ISBN-10: 0071368280
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 188mm x 6mm)
Pages: 139
Imprint: Ragged Mountain Press
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ryel Kestenbaum

Ryel Kestenbaum is a writer and all-around outdoor enthusiast. He has taught skiing, climbing, and backpacking in Colorado and California. Since succumbing to the lure of ultralight backpacking, he has logged hundreds of ultralight miles throughout the United States and Canada.