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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
You know you're an ultralighter when... on 01/31/2013 23:21:48 MST Print View

The negative review for a boilable contact lens case says "I just am not sure about the quality of these, theyre so much lighter than the ones from the store. Ehhh..."

And you think: Jackpot!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HU6XPY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1LO1AFIRBM1JJ

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 09:42:27 MST Print View

you equip your kitchen by dumpster diving at the recycling center.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 09:43:39 MST Print View

you tell your date, "We HAVE to eat at Taco Bell, their sporks are 0.3 grams lighter than El Pollo Loco's."

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 09:45:25 MST Print View

. . .you sleep in your business suit - immediately ready to start a new day at the office. If it's a cold day, you wrap your bedspread around yourself for the commute in to work.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 09:47:51 MST Print View

. . .you epoxy toothbrush bristles onto your pinkie fingernail to save the weight of have any toothbrush handle.

Similarly, you let your thumbnail grow out and file it into a spork knowing that body parts don't count towards your base weight.

Edited by DavidinKenai on 02/01/2013 09:49:16 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 09:53:20 MST Print View

. . . you start calculating the cascade of savings from amputating an arm - 8 pounds of arm, plus all the left sleeves on your puffy and wind shirt plus one glove, and you can now reduce the girth of your sleeping bag just a bit, and reduce your food load due to a 5% reduction in body weight. . .

. . .and carrying two kidneys around all the time starts to seem needless redundant. . . .

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 13:28:51 MST Print View

You cut your hair based on weight savings instead of style.

You needlessly drill holes in things you own to "save" weight.

You buy swiss cheese instead of cheddar because it saves you time of putting holes into it.

Remove a kidney, then take it step further, remove appendix, tonsils, wisdom teeth, toe nails, and wax your entire body.

Although you may be able to save some insulation weight if you keep all your body hair.

You analyze all the food you buy based on calories/gram.

You buy your children the lightest toys to promote the UL mindset from an early age. (Bonus points for multi-use toys)

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 13:38:59 MST Print View

... your friends call you weird whenever you talk about backpacking.

...you mention 20 brands of backpacking gear and nobody has ever heard of any of them.

...you cut holes in tin cans and then light them on fire over, and over, and over, and over; and then claim its for 'testing purposes' when your wife asks where all the Red Bull and catfood has gone.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 13:45:47 MST Print View

you spend your time on BPL chasing the next piece of popular trendy marginally lighter gear to spend $$$$ one when the old one is still brand new in the closet since you basically never used it, which you will of course sell for a loss on gear swap

;)

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 14:00:43 MST Print View

I can only imagine the look on the Ericbot's face when he saw the title of this thread:).

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: You know you're an ultralighter when on 02/01/2013 14:14:54 MST Print View

... You can hike further at 40 than you did at 20 and feel great the entire time.

... You are constantly planning bigger and better adventures to take advantage of this new freedom.

... You stop thinking about gear, because quite honestly, it was never about the gear in the first place.


Sorry to rain on the parade. This message gets old after a while.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 15:09:21 MST Print View

you would rather leave the trail to resupply, than carry food and hike.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
ul on 02/01/2013 15:32:15 MST Print View

You take a scale with you to the store to weigh socks

Edited by livingontheroad on 02/01/2013 15:32:46 MST.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 15:37:42 MST Print View

...you leave the TP behind.

(pun?)

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Backpacking comfort on 02/01/2013 16:05:58 MST Print View

When other backpackers mention comfort, you are an ultra-lighter if think of a light pack as comfort instead of the heavier/comfort items that other backpackers carry.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 16:14:50 MST Print View

Your wife want to have you committed to a mental hospital after she finds you on the patio in December timing/testing different water boil times and configurations.

Edit: Travis beat me to the punch

Edited by IDBLOOM on 02/01/2013 16:16:48 MST.

Justin McCabe
(justinmc) - M

Locale: Southern California
Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 16:45:17 MST Print View

1) you're the only one excited to scramble up to a ridgeline to look at the sunset.

2)You offer to scout ahead since your pack weighs 1/3rd of everyone else in the group

3) People skeptically walk over from their half-dome and peer into your tarp tent...

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: You know you're an ultralighter when... on 02/01/2013 17:23:13 MST Print View

When you are geared up for a 7 day trip and people ask if you are on a day hike.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Ha! This thread is wicked. on 02/01/2013 17:31:18 MST Print View

You know you're an ultralighter when the experienced backpacking family next door calls you, concerned, to make sure you know not to try and "ultralight" a -20ยบ backpacking weekend.

Edited by mdilthey on 02/01/2013 17:33:23 MST.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
When... on 02/01/2013 17:32:32 MST Print View

You know you're an ultralighter when exfoliating, shaving, constitutionals, scab-picking, and fingernail trimming all start feeling like huge leaps forward.