So I recieved the backpacker.com "Ultralight Handbook" in my email today. Interesting portions are posted to my gearlist PDF:
(It doesn't appear the material is copyrighted)
Some choice ideas from backpacker.com:
1. "Going light is a bit like marriage: It’s a multifaceted contract that requires your constant commitment. Cheat just a little bit, and your hike—and especially your shoulders—will suffer."
2. "If in doubt, leave it out."
3. "Hard-core fastpackers hit the trail predawn —typically the coldest hour of the night—when they start feeling chilled in their light-weight bags."
4. "Choose layers based on the fore- cast, and don’t double up (no wind jacket and rain shell)." BUT do take "midweight long-sleeve top, one synthetic T, lightweight shorts and pants, a light down jacket (10-12 ounces.), two pairs of socks and underwear, two hats (for sun and warmth), and (maybe) light gloves and rain pants."
5. "Even the lightest stoves add ounces, especially when you tally fuel and cooking-gear ballast. Leave it home"
6. "And that extra food you always carry? Skip it. Even remote trails are usually within a day’s hike of a road, and hunger would take weeks to kill you."
7. "Hiking without a topo (and guidebook) isn’t sane everywhere, but many trails are so well marked that no seasoned hiker could get lost."
8."Your kit should weigh no more than eight ounces: All you really need is antibiotic ointment, duct tape, a few gauze pads and bandages, a bit of blister treatment, and your WFA training (you got that, right?). In the ﬁeld, sub what’s available: sticks for SAM splints, a cold stream for an ice pack, a T-shirt for a dressing. "
9. "Leave the bulky, insulated waterproof/breathable jacket at home. It’s ﬁne for windy chairlifts, but too warm for winter hiking and snowshoeing."
10. "Bring only as much bag as you need. Warm sleepers should select a bag rated for the nighttime lows, while human popsicles should aim for a rating 10°F to 15°F lower. "
Bravo, backpacker.com, for making UL hiking safer for beginners everywhere.