I have a mild obsession with shiny things, minimalist gadgets, ultralight equipment and pretty much anything that comes in its own little case or bag.
These pages have largely been inspired by my forthcoming thru-hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and partly out of my frustration in trying to locate all of the information that I needed in one place.
I hope that you will find what follows as useful and informative to browse as I did to collate.
The Big Three
In backpacking terms, this generally refers to the three most important (and often the heaviest) items that you need to carry with you at all times. In the world of ultralight backpacking, the rule of thumb is 3 for 3, i.e. the combined weight of these three items should come in at around 3kg (6lb 10oz), preferably less.
The whole subject of how to cook and what to cook causes a lot of heated debate in the backpacker community. Whatever your stance, the generally agreed upon conclusion is that you are gonna have to do it. The super ultralighters will tell you to ditch the stove and eat cold. Personally, I enjoy the art of camp cooking and nothing lifts your spirits more than a nice warm meal or a hot drink at the end of a long, cold and wet day of walking.