Backpackers in Titcomb Basin, in Wyoming's Wind River Range.

Backpackers in Titcomb Basin, in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.

What if you could do one thing to make every backpacking trip more enjoyable? Three decades of backpacking have taught me what that one thing is: keeping my pack light. All of the superfluous ounces removed from my pack add up to fewer pounds on my back, and that makes each trip better. And a smart approach to ultralight and lightweight backpacking does not compromise safety or comfort—the point is to increase comfort and safety. If you’re not accomplishing both objectives, you need a new strategy. In this article, I share my tips—learned over the course of many thousands of trail miles—for minimizing pack weight while staying safe and comfortable on every trip.

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