M Ultralightweight gear puts bounce in backpackers' stride
by Todd Wilkinson, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
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BOZEMAN, MONT. – When Demetri Coupounas came bounding out of the Vermont woods earlier this month, he knew exactly how long it had taken him to hike the 280-mile Long Trail solo: 12 days, 19 hours, 53 minutes.
But more remarkable than Mr. Coupounas's brisk pace was the lightness of the "base load" he carried on his back - just 13 pounds of gear, weighing about as much as a bag of groceries.
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