As a companion thread to the one in the link below that asked how you heard about BPL, I was curious what forum participants do to share the techniques, gear tips, and resources that we debate about here at BPL with traditional backpackers?
I wouldn't put myself in the Jordan, Skurka, or Jardine group, but I try to share info where I can.
- When hiking with traditional backpackers, I offer to swap packs with them so they can appreciate what it's like to hike up a hill with 11 lbs vs. 40 lbs. Picked up this tip from a Glen van Peski podcast. There are two interesting moments here...(1) when they first put on my pack partway thru the hike and (2) when they put their behemoth back on for the next section.
- Several folks have an open invitation to borrow my gear if they are going on a backpacking trip.
- I offer to bring my 2-person tarp or hammock so they can give them a try with an experienced UL user, and get comfortable with the idea and appreciate the lighter side of life.
- I pass along links to BPL, Gossamer Gear, and other UL sites.
- I loan out books and videos on the topic. Glad that the GG UL video was so cheap since that never came back.
- Invite people along to attend talks, like Skurka's Sea-to-Sea presentation.
- Buy UL gear for relatives & friends as presents so they can try it out without feling the need to spend their own money. Of course, we're talking about little stuff here to ease them in...not cutting edge cuben shelters that might go unused.
When I do this, particularly the hands-on stuff, I definitely see them migrating toward lighter stuff, or leaving things at home. It seems to depend on how ingrained the traditional habits are. Besides my children, I think I've influenced 3-5 people.
Let me know what you have done, people's responses, and whether it has worked.