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Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
My ultralight journey and Backpackinglight on 06/15/2008 05:27:20 MDT Print View

I just want to say that my experience with this site and forum has been wonderful, and I am grateful to all of you for sharing so much know-how and experience in a positive atmosphere.

I just signed on as a member -- mainly to take advantage of discounts on gear that I can't get elsewhere. But I am also looking forward to perusing all the articles I couldn't read before.

I first heard of lightweight backpacking just 10 months ago when I visited REI in the States for the first time in years and was *shocked* at packs that weighed "just" 2.5 pounds. Back in Ukraine, I began reading online and gradually got the drift of things. I made a bunch of purchases early on that were decent, but not truly ultralight. Then, in February, I visited the U.S. again and had a TON of gear mailed for pick up. I got "Beyond Backpacking" and read it three times to try to let as much as possible sink in.

Back in Ukraine, I started taking a bunch of solo hikes and increasing the mileage and dropping weight. I've gotten down to 7 lbs so far and am now thinking about 1 and 2 lbs for summer hikes in balmy Crimea.

Now I'm heading to Colorado shortly to do my first long-distance hike -- a yo-yo through the Co. Rockies. It's always been my dream to experience the Rockies close-up, and now I can do it. All my reading and efforts to gain real-life experience have made this possible.

To this day I have not yet seen another ultralight backpacker in real life. In January I launched a website in Russian for the hitherto nonexistent UL community in the Russian speaking world, and it has garnered a lot of interest. I want to give back some of what I have learned and find new friends and contacts at the same time.

Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks to this community and to the folks who created it.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F

Locale: Southeast USA
My ultralight journey and Backpackinglight on 06/15/2008 06:37:13 MDT Print View

I've only ever met one other UL'er and that's only because I introduced him to it. It's good to see you planting the seed in an area/language that is mostly unfamiliar with it.

Edited by back2basics on 06/15/2008 11:11:39 MDT.

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
UL site in Russian on 06/15/2008 10:51:52 MDT Print View

Rick - what's the URL for your site? Would love to check it out...

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Re: UL site in Russian on 06/15/2008 15:39:07 MDT Print View

The URL is www.Legkohod.com. A brief synopsis in English is available at http://legkohod.com/eng.shtml. You'll notice a layout similar to Backpackinglight.com, but the similarities end there. It's more of an introductory site to start the process rolling since the topic is so new. Most important, I feel, are the trip reports which show exactly what solutions are being used and the thinking process involved in reducing weight and analyzing gear choices. Recently we added a forum and have been having discussions similar to those here.

Sorry - have to switch my name back to "Rick." Apparently when I had my order shipped to a friend in Colorado, it changed my account name!

Edited by Legkohod on 06/15/2008 15:41:13 MDT.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: UL site in Russian on 06/15/2008 15:51:51 MDT Print View

Rick,
I'm glad you mentioned the name change. I saw this after I posted and was wondering why I addressed someone as you when the name was different. I thought I was losing my marbles.

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: UL site in Russian on 06/15/2008 21:17:24 MDT Print View

Akh - "legko khod" - konyeshno!

Spasibo i molodyets - good to see ultralight spreading to other regions.