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Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/03/2009 14:30:57 MST Print View

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Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/03/2009 19:56:32 MST Print View

Jamie,

I always enjoy your posts. This article is no exception.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Todd

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
LW Testimony on 02/03/2009 20:08:22 MST Print View

Very well written, thanks. I look forward to your next trip report and gear list.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/03/2009 20:12:20 MST Print View

What a great article...I truly enjoyed it.

Thanks Jamie!

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
Inspirational! on 02/03/2009 20:31:17 MST Print View

Thanks, Jamie, for a great story! You are an inspiration to me, as I, too, am at a standstill in my life. Like you, I've been studying "Lightweight Backpacking and Camping" and making a new gear list of ultralight equipment, because I need to get away to break out of this staid existence. Your story was just the impetus I needed!

Great photos, too!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/03/2009 20:33:02 MST Print View

Great story. Amazing journey in so many ways.

Thanks!

Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
Re: Re: Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/03/2009 20:47:06 MST Print View

Wow, inspiring story. For anyone who has not seen any of Jamie's post, check out this thread about his first SUL trip (w/ photos). IMO, it should be required reading for anyone wanting information and/or inspiration to lighten their pack.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=13855

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/03/2009 23:27:28 MST Print View

Jamie,

Fantastic essay and the link to your report about your 1st sub 5 lbs trek are outstanding.

If there ever was a story that truly is trans formative, it is yours without a doubt.

Your story is refreshing and reaffirming at the same time in that it shows how love of nature and the outdoor adventure can save us from the doldrums of our everyday existence and make us a better person at the same time.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us and for "giving" back to others in sharing your lightweight journey to inspire others to go lite and get out there and pursue the adventure and dreams they have been putting off.

-Tony

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Well Done on 02/03/2009 23:46:14 MST Print View

Very nice! I did notice that your book "The 2 Ounce Backpacker" weighs 2.4 ounces :)

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/04/2009 06:09:15 MST Print View

Thanks Jamie!

Rodney Davis
(Ramrod) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
Great job! on 02/04/2009 06:56:11 MST Print View

Maybe we can get together for a future trip some weekend.
Rodney

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/04/2009 07:03:07 MST Print View

Great story, Jamie! Very inspirational.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Great article on 02/04/2009 07:06:16 MST Print View

Thoroughly enjoyed this article, thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Great article on 02/04/2009 08:59:59 MST Print View

great article, thanks for sharing....

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/04/2009 18:14:00 MST Print View

Thanks for the excellent article! You are a great inspiration for those of us everyday people who are ready to go for it. I was one of them after your trip report last year : )

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/04/2009 18:24:27 MST Print View

Jamie, I've been putting together an SUL list like yours and wondering exactly how low in temperatures you'd go with your SUL list. What would a winter, snow, around -5ºF (-15ºC) list look like?

James Lantz
(jameslantz) - F

Locale: North Georgia
Lightweight Testimony... on 02/04/2009 18:42:09 MST Print View

Jamie,
Thanks for a great article! My gear list shares many of your choices which makes me think I'm headed in the right direction! Lightweight is definitely liberating. My wife refers to my green Mont-bell UL Inner Jacket as my "disco jacket"! ;)

Ed Barkowski
(edbarkowski) - F
good write on 02/04/2009 20:16:00 MST Print View

Well written, Jamie. Very inspiring material. Glad your life took such a favorable U-turn and allowed you to "make light" of your circumstances. Happy to have your input in the forums.

Edited by edbarkowski on 02/04/2009 20:16:35 MST.

Monty Montana
(TarasBulba) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/06/2009 15:30:16 MST Print View

Jamie, thanks for the gratifying story on your journey to Lightness and self-discovery, one similar to mine. Of especial note is that I, too, take along the 2 oz Backpaccker and get chided for packing a book. Oh well, it still remains that at bottom we're all kindred spirits in th UL community. Happy trails!

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking on 02/06/2009 20:53:18 MST Print View

I truly appreciate these comments more then you can imagine, thanks everyone for taking the time to post.

Rodney, My trips are mostly solo but thats only because we are so few. I'd be glad to hit the trails with you sometime.

Miguel, I'll put some thought into a -5F list, but my friend that is one step beyond me for the time being. I'd like to see what you come up with.

Thanks all, Jamie