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Ask Me: How Do We Begin Lightening Up Our Backpacking Gear?

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Hi Michael,

On the hike out from Mount Sopris, near our Aspen, Colorado, home, my husband commented that it feels like time to invest in lighter-weight backpacking gear to ease up the wear and tear on our bodies. Our kids are ages nine and 11, and backpacking as a family is an important part of our lives. Recently, we upgraded our mountain bikes (cushy suspension, etc.) so that we could still happily bike with our kids; it seems like we need to do the same with our backpacking equipment. Knowing that you are in touch with the latest gear compared to our old stuff, what would you recommend as the most important things to upgrade, with weight in mind?

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3 Responses to Ask Me: How Do We Begin Lightening Up Our Backpacking Gear?

  1. Tommy K. Hindman   |  September 19, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for the question and response. I have recently entered the world of backpacking, (about a year ago) and after having already gone to Yosemite, and multiple trips to the Smoky Mountains, (My backyard ;)) I’m beginning to already see the importance in lighter weight gear. However, being a graduate student and my fiancé being in nursing school we don’t have much money for the good light weight gear. We are making do with what we have. After reading this article and through other research, we have both decided we are going to invest in some quality ultralight sleeping bags. To start with at least. Love your blog! This has provided us with so much information. Keep it Coming!

  2. Steve Long   |  February 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I’m so proud!

    • michaellanza   |  February 23, 2015 at 5:55 am

      Keep up the hard work, Steve.

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