Hi All, and the authors,
I learned a lot from your article, and as a solo backpacker in the Pyrenees, I like to hike and camp high, as I don't have time from work to spend more than a few days in the mountains and I'd rather not go up and down all day. My pack weight is around 8/9 kilos (17 to 20 pounds) depending on the season for five days out. This is down from 20 kilos a year ago.
Safety is a major concern if you are on your own, and the last hike I did, I twisted my ankle as a result of a poor decision to push on when I was tired. I had an exit strategy, backed up and camped near a trail down to safety, but that night an unforecasted storm blew in.
I felt safe as I have more than I need to be on the limit- stronger shelter, extra food, extra layer of clothing etc. In fact I had a great time enjoying the big storm, slept like a baby for 12 hours, and the subsequent fog the next day made getting down a fun navigational challenge.
Your article is very general when you talk about UL packs, and as a newcomer to UL techniques, I'm left asking a few questions.
Did you share a shelter between you?
Were you at the limit in terms of gear, or as there were two/ three of you, did you carry extra for safety's sake?
What were your pack weights?
You talked about water strategy a bit, but were you all carrying some, or relying on finding water as you went?
I really like the article, but for those who are maybe like me, still finding their feet in UL, some basic information like this would give the great information you provide a more general context.