Hi all! I don't know whether the term UM already exist but I wanted to distinguish the idea from SUL , UL and others.. I wanted to share this idea that I have been thinking about for some time. I have been hiking for the past one year, mostly day and overnight trips. Since last month I have been doing quite a lot of reading on backpacking gear and technique. I have learnt quite a lot and my ideas on have continually evolved. I have been thinking of the the most basic axiom - the neccessities required to live in the wild, so to carry least amount of gear. UM is about minimizing your need so as to carry the bare minimum. Thats the basic idea of UM.
I intend to continue with 1-3 days hikes for the next few months, until I transfer to some other college in northern states close to himalayas. I intend to utilise this period in building my stamina and preparing for the challenges ahead.
To begin with, I have been looking at various manufacture who make UL packs:FF, Golite, GG, Moonbow Gear, MLD, SMD, Z Packs, UL outfitters, Lynn Wheldon Gear, ULA Equipment. I think if you are living in the wild you need a UL, small but tough, durable pack. That leaves golite Ion, SMD Esssence & ULA Relay. Other are either too large for the purpose or are made of Silnylon which just wont stand abuse. All three are excellent options IMO.
Since I am on a tight budget and my overnight will be in caves and forts, and there is no question of snow and rain here, I don't intend to purchase a shelter and sleeping system at the moment. A foam sleeping sheet and a light woolen shawl should be enough.
Gear worn:Merino wool sweater, quick drying/moisture wicking Tshirt, trek pants, shoes, and Cap.
For 1-3 days trip, Gear carried:
Anyone of the three packs mentioned above
Light weight woolen base layer.
Puri Tabs (Chlorine dioxide water purifying tablets)
no stove (eating in villages on the route)
2.5 lbs + 6lbs (1.5L water+ food)