- Paperback: 133 pages
- Publisher: Falcon Pr Pub Co; First edition (3 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762763841
- ISBN-13: 978-0762763849
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ FREE Delivery
Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Paperback – 3 May 2011
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
From the Back Cover
Written in the tradition of the successful Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Telemark Tips, with 153 trail-tested tips full of solid advice, as well as more than 100 humorous and helpful illustrations, Ultralight Backpackin' Tips is the ultimate guide for backpackers serious about traveling ultralight. Just a few of the top ten tips expounded upon in the book:
* Use a scale.
* Comfortable and safe are vital!
* Make your own stuff, and making it out of trash is always the best!
* It’s okay to be nerdy.
* Try something new each and every time you go camping.
* Know the difference between wants and needs.
About the Author
Mike Clelland is an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School and is an illustrator who studied Mad magazine rather than go to art school. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Allen & Mike's Telemark Tips and Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book (both FalconGuides).
Review this product
1 customer review
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Pretty much my only point of disagreement is going into the wilderness without a knife. The author advises just carrying a single edged razor in your kit. Is this fine for most trips? Almost certainly. But if you are like me, and most of your travels take you deep in the wilderness far from any help, going without a good knife is irresponsible at best. Remember Murphy.
Some tips I want to draw your attention to.
An aluminum cat food can pulled out of the the trash makes an efficient lightweight stove.
Excuse me? The Super Cat (yes I have made those) is light weight but would not call it efficient especially on fuel. A standard Super cat will burn 1/4 cup of alcohol in 12 minutes. There are much more fuel efficient stoves for sale, and DIY vids on You Tube. In great conditions my MAHALO stove can boil two cups water with 12.5-15 ml of alcohol 1/4th the amount needed for a Super Cat. If you like to DIY there are two vids on You Tube giving the dimensions of the MAHALO 1.4, and 1.5 so you can build your own stove
He recommends a single edge razor blade as a cutting tool instead of taking a knife.
It's true that a razor blade can replace some of the cutting needs; but a Razor blade can NEVER replace a knife. A knife can baton wood for a camp fire, make furze sticks for tinder, and use to defend yourself. There is a huge difference between going light, and going stupid light. I will never leave my Mora with fire steel in the handle at home. My pack before adding consumables is only 11 pounds, and almost 1 pound is in my combination survival/first aid kit.
#30 he revisited making a stove from a cat food can. He also said you can carry fuel for the stove in a soda bottle, and make a windscreen from aluminum foil.
If you carry alcohol in a plastic bottle either put some food color in the alcohol, or put a warning on the bottle. You would not want someone drinking the alcohol believing it to be water.
Making a windscreen from aluminum foil. Start with about 1.5 feet of aluminum foil. Keeping the width of the aluminum fold in half, and fold again. You will have a strip of aluminum as long as the roll, and 4 inches wide. It makes a decent windscreen.
The article "Going SUL" by Ryan Jordan was a treat. SUL means Super UltraLight (pack weight of 5 pounds or less).
#54 making your own toothpaste dots (dehydrating toothpaste, and cutting them in 1/2 inch segments so you can brush your teeth on the trail is a WONDERFUL idea instead of carrying a small tube of toothpaste.
I am not going to leave toilet paper at home, and wipe with rock's leaves, or snow as the author suggests. As long as I get my pack down to less than 20 pounds with the food and fuel; that is as light as I need to go.
This is a tip book so there is an assumption of basic background knowledge. The author refers the reader to his other book for that basic knowledge. That’s fine but one referral is sufficient. Four referrals is annoying. The tips are a mixed bag as would be expected. My guess is some of the tips are just filler. Books compete for attention in a bookstore and there’s a minimum competitive width. My favorite tip is to weigh everything. My least favorite tip is to wipe after pooping by scooting across wet clumps of grass (maybe an attempt at humor?). The most dubious tip is using a razor blade as a cutting tool. The most ancient tip is using bread bags to keep your feet warm in cold weather. Most tips are just average and should serve to get you thinking. And that may be the author’s whole point.
I would recommend this book to preppers who want to build usable bug-out bags. Most of these tips will make living out of a bug-out bag a whole lot more doable especially in the winter. Ex-backpackers over 50 who are looking to get back in the game will benefit too. 21st century materials technology has made bivouacking a reasonable way to go today. Maybe the only way if you have health issues. Everyone else, meh. Glean the tips from the internet or read them in one place. Depends on how you value serendipity versus time.
Personally, I thought the most interesting thing about the book is how it neatly intersects Joseph Bottum’s book “An Anxious Age”. Bottum’s idea is the old mainstream Protestantism never went away. It simply morphed and dispersed. Some of it—both the good and the bad—informs the subtext of the book and ocassionally shines through in a tip. Fascinating.