If you wanted to do something for an outdoor activity to become as enjoyable, safe and fun as possible, what would you do? If you are a camper who ends the day tired from head to toe, this answer is easier than you think.
Less weight = More Fun
If you’ve never noticed to lightening the weight of your backpack, the tips below will make you think about how to focus outdoor activities. After many years of mountain and outdoor activities, every lightened gram of my backpack has made me happier. Starting from the basis that approach to minimalism, to ‘ultralight’, should never compromise the safety of the activity, over time you realize that in addition to increasing comfort, improves health and safety.
WHY CHOOSE THE LIGHTER OF THE BACKPACK?
There are many reasons to lighten the weight of your backpack:
Knees: The patellar tendons tend to become inflamed when you move more weight than you are accustomed to.
Ankles: Apart from suffering less the lighter you go, ankle twist will be less serious the less weight you take.
Cervical and Back: Although the quality of the backpack is more important and load its weight in your hip instead of in the shoulder, it is still true that the less weight we take, the better for our cervicals.
Reduced stay time in dangerous places: Going lighter will allow us to go faster in both dangerous areas and areas exposed to falling rocks, etc.
And less time that we are exposed = Less probability of the accident.
Increased safety in downhill: Most accidents happen when going downhill, therefore, light equipment will save energy.
Balance: In the technical area, we will gain in balance and avoid falls.
Less weight = Higher Safety
Making decisions that determine the weight of your backpack begins with knowing the route well. Knowing the weather you are going to do, or how much water will be available along the way will save you a good amount of weight.
After knowing the maximum number of details, plan the material to take from a realistic perspective.
1. Checklist: Make a list of what is necessary.
2. Avoid making the backpack at the last minute: You will have more possibilities to carry what you do not need and to forget about the important thing.
3. Share with others the common equipment: Stove, tent …
1. Get a lightweight backpack: There is an abysmal difference between a light and a classic backpack.
2. Do not buy a backpack bigger than you need, you will be tempted to fill it.
3. Remove straps that you do not use, and if you need some replace it with a lightweight material.
1. Use a sleeping bag according to schedule. There are hikers who use their winter bags when 95% of activities they do in summer (even in the tent).
2. Use down feather instead of fiber: Although fiber has advanced its technology in recent years, the down feather is to date the material with the best weight/warmness ratio.
3. Get yourself an ultra-lightweight store, the weight difference is abysmal, and the benefits go well with what we expect from them.
4. Bragging whenever you can, besides being a nice experience, can you think of a lighter idea?
1. The difference in weight between a mesh pant and a pair of trousers can be about 300g.
2. Avoid cotton: With sweat or rain, cotton retains moisture and increases its weight considerably.
3. Wearing other sports clothing such as Trail, Athletics or cycling (athletic pants, cycling cuffs …).
4. Why carry a heavy Gore-Tex if the weather forecast is good, it will be hot and why I wear a thin trail jacket or athletics?
5. Tags: some are very big, cut them all!
1. Drink from the sources: Take advantage not only to fill the canteen but to drink from the source. The best way to carry water is inside you.
2. Use a light CamelBak or plastic canteens instead of heavy containers.
3. Choose high-calorie foods. Energy foods weigh less than conventional ones because they have the higher caloric intake. If we take conventional food, try to increase the caloric intake (example: apple weight >> nuts)
First aid kit
1. Take single dose pills avoid carrying the whole box!
2. Adapt the medicine cabinet to the activity, it will not be the same for a transpirenaica that for a short ascent.
1. For GPS… It is a good idea to carry spare batteries … but think about it, not a set of spare batteries per person! A spare set per pair/group may be sufficient.
2. Portfolio? For what! Carries only the following in a card holder:
B. Federated card
C. Credit card
3. Wallet: The difference between a light plastic and a classic one can be remarkable.
4. Penknife: try using razors that have only sharp edges. Unless you carry technical material – like skis – you will not need a multi purpose.
5. Guide: Do not carry the entire photos book, take a photocopy of the leaf that interests you.
Remember that the best planning begins at home:
Be informed, be critical of what you read, and finally …