Feb 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm #1234033
@ryanLocale: Northern Rockies
Ray Jardine's update to "Beyond Backpacking" – "Trail Life" is now in the SHOP.
Where "Beyond Backpacking", Jardine's second iteration of the lightweight backpacking topic, was thought to be tainted with a few speculative claims that sent his credibility sailing with a few among the lightweight backpacking community, it was an important work nonetheless for popularizing the lightweight philosophy to a wider audience and inspiring so many of us to try his crazy ideas – most of which, I have to say, work fabulously. "Trail Life", the newest iteration, provides a more honest assessment of lightweight backpacking techniques and thus has the potential to be an even bigger hit with his fans, as well as bringing in new ones who come to endorse the "Ray-Way".
This is a big (10" x 10"), beautiful, full-color book, and certainly worthy of a spot on your shelf. I'm really enjoying reading it, and watching Jardine's style of practicing, and writing about, lightweight backpacking evolve over time. He even has good things to say about free standing dome tents :)Feb 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm #1477754
@maynard76Locale: New England
Wow, Glad to see this.
There was nothing so sad as all those years people acted like he almost didnt exists, when frankly I dont think this site would exist without his books.Feb 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm #1477851
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
I just ordered a copy, and am looking forward to see what's new.Feb 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm #1480260
received my copy, can't wait to find time to read it between studies.Mar 1, 2009 at 4:48 pm #1481806
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
My first post as a BPL member :)
I have just completed reading Ray's book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes it is very repetitive and yes some of his ideas are not for the novice but nevertheless I enjoyed it.
Its one of those books you read and take out the parts that will provide you with the most benefit. For me this was Rays theorys on the use or a Quilt (I have just completed this project) and his theory on foot wear. Shoes have always been my preference over boots.
Perhaps a review is on the cards?
MarkApr 14, 2009 at 10:53 am #1493923
There is a review of this book on Backpackbasecamp.com
and also on Amazon.
I read the book and was very disappointed. It is just extracts from his older versions of the same book (Beyond BP and PCT guide). The information is out dated and he still comes across like a nut.
Sid.Apr 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm #1493955
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Just got my copy in the mail today from BPL-Nice!!!!!Apr 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm #1493961
some of us haven't had the luxury of reading his older books. since by the time I started looking for beyond backpacking it was out of print and I wasn't paying the amount that people wanted to sell them. I saw it as a useful guide to pick and choose a few new methods for my hiking and it filled in a few gaps in my knowledge base. it's someone else's point of view which you can accept as a whole, cherry pick ideas from or just pass off as something you don't need. personally it's helped me fill in some gaps in my knowledge base and has showed me a few techniques which have motivated me to feel more comfortable with taking longer distances.Apr 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm #1493979
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Jared, your library probably has a copy of the older books- I never bought the original but I checked it out and read it before it became a big deal. I even checked it out later to review it. There are other great Lightweight Backing book in the library. go check one out!Apr 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm #1494329
I'm probably going to get murdered for posting this, but I am truly looking for some info/explanation. I'm curious as to what he could put in this book that would make it so useful. Is it geared towards people who have not experimented with UL backpacking, towards a seasoned veteran, or both? Summer and winter skills? pertains to various environments (ie. flatlands, mountains, etc.)?
I'd grab a copy, but I am having a hard time thinking of what he could put in the book that would make me feel it was worth the purchase. In other words, I don't want to be reading a book about how carrying a tarp is lighter and use a leaf to wipe your butt…is there really that much more to it?Apr 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm #1494368
nope, just some of his methods. nothing that would be considered completely revolutionary or a 100% unique to todays standards. maybe in the earlier printings.
If I were to go to my "local" library I'd be driving 20 miles plus… then have to get a card, i like to put books in my own personal library when it pertains to hiking. I have the BPL book and the lighten up book and a couple others along with multiple trail guides. I like reading on other people's opinions and ideas towards a topic and always have it to reflect back on. In turn reading other's ideas spikes more than one angle to look at things and problem solve along the way. I've learned some from his book. it just filled in some gaps with some decent ideas for a backpacker that has only been at it a couple years and didn't have the luxury of growing up in a backpacking family or environment.Apr 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm #1494375
Thanks for the great response. I too enjoy reading about others…both their trips and their techniques. Just wasn't sure what was in the book.
I'll probably pick up a copy as I haven't read his earlier stuff either.
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