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I love the feeling of going to the mountains. The static of life in the city fades away. The challenge of moving through rugged landscapes brings me out of my head and into my body. I love long days on the trail where time slows down and the Experience lives in my memory for years. I created the alpenflo project to share my passion for seeking an authentic life through outdoor Experience.

kit: fast and light backpacking

When I first started backpacking I had an 80 liter backpack and filled every nook of it. Multiple changes of clothes, heavy gear, and a lack of intention contributed to my backbreaking load. As I got more into trail running I discovered how much I enjoyed moving in the mountains with a light kit. It was time to reassess my backpack.

Any successful trip starts with having a clear sense of what experience you’re looking to have. This intention is something you can refer back to and test your decisions against. I’ve found that I really enjoy moving with a light pack and don’t miss the little luxuries while in camp. This is especially true on routes that involve long sections of off-trail travel, where a heavy pack is an awkward liability. I love being able to cover long miles with just enough gear to allow me to stay safe and comfortable. I find that when I’ve packed correctly I feel closely connected to my environment and I’m not distracted as I’m moving through it.

I made this video to show you the gear I use for a light backpacking trip, and how I pack it. See below for a full packing list.

Packing list: Light Backpacking

clothing:

gear:

  • microspikes (trip dependent)

  • pack (CiloGear 3030 Worksack)

  • headlamp

  • sunglasses

  • water filter

  • water bottle (trip dependant)

  • trekking poles

  • map (printed)

  • map (downloaded to phone)

  • sunscreen

  • personal - toiletries, camera, journal

  • toilet paper and hand sanitizer

camp

Don’t forget the food! I’ll write an article on food selection soon. In the meantime, for high-output trips I target 3,000 calories a day of oatmeal, nut butters, meal bars, and freeze-dried backpacker meals.

Backpacking is pretty simple when you get down to it. Consider your intention for your trip, the conditions you’re likely to encounter, and carry the equipment you need to support that experience. Experiment with your kit, and cut out items that aren’t serving you as you gain experience. You’ll likely find that you’re more comfortable with less, as the modest cost in camp comfort pays huge dividends on (and off) the trail.