Lightweight and Ultralightweight Backpacking

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Panoramic view from a mountain top in Glacier National Park, Montana


The food you take in your pack will need to be more than you need. Take extra food, providing for having to remain out overnight unplanned.

If hiking, take sufficient food. Next, start to think about the weight and number of trail meals. How many extra meals might you need, worst case? Overnight? Enough for a thunderstorm to clear? Or snowstorm?

Now, are you backpacking, yet? If you plan for overnight, a weekend, or more, you are a backpacker.

What food items are carried by backpackers? Here are several web pages to help answer that question.

Successful methods of backpacking food preparation have been developed over many decades of experience by the lightweight and ultralightweight backpacking enthusiasts.

I list things we use: e.g. efficient alcohol stoves made by experienced backpackers, Freezer Bag Cooking, the Caldera Cone Stove System, the Outback Oven Ultralight and the Banks Fry-Bake.

Each involves a different approach.


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