The “Lightweight Backpacking Philosophy” most commonly mentioned emphasizes a never-ending commitment to
scrutinize packing habits in order to fine-tune minimum packing needs and
aggressively seek out the smallest, lightest-weight, highest-quality gear available to satisfy those needs.
The Lightweight Backpacking Philosophy we embrace at Lightweight Backpacking 101 expands on that, and emphasizes the following:
Scrutinize gear, clothing, and food selection to fine-tune minimum packing needs.
Aggressively seek out smaller volume, lighter-weight, high-quality/high-performance gear and clothing.
Seek clothing and gear that can serve multiple purposes (multiple gear use).
Educate yourself on backcountry travel and safety, being well prepared for changing weather, wildlife encounters and whatever else may happen.
Use lightweight techniques to keep travel through the backcountry low-impact on both yourself and your environment.
Use products that provide the level of comfort you desire, even if they aren’t the absolute lightest available.
At Lightweight Backpacking 101 you will find information about lightweight backpacking, weight-reducing tips, gear that can be used for multiple purposes, general packing information, gear checklists, backcountry ethics, and much, much more.