Most advice about minimalist footwear can be rejected outright. Often, the advice is given by hikers who haven’t put in the time required to understand the complexity and depth of foot biomechanics and the long-term effects of overuse that is endured by walking for decades. Here are some guiding principles if you want to keep hiking into your sunset years, so you can delay the inevitable onset of overuse conditions like hallux rigidus.
Skills & Techniques
Learn the "howto" of lightweight backpacking with these tips, tricks, gear lists, and comprehensive skill guides.
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Step by step instructions on how to construct my MYOG tivy model and videos and pictures of it in use.
The purpose of this article is to document the process I often use to plan and execute off-trail trips in the mountains using digital mapping and navigation tools.
This article describes natural navigator techniques I’ve found helpful while bushwhacking – navigating without a compass, map, or GPS.
This article presents the results of some cursory material construction tests using the newer Dimension-Polyant (DP) fabrics from the LS, VX, and WX families, as well as seam-taping using DP-supplied seam tapes. The context here is MYOG/DIY backpack construction.
This article presents some case studies of using Google Earth for wilderness trip planning, with a presentation of my process and lessons learned.
Keep feet warm and dry by using a carefully designed system that involves different types of socks, shoes, and gaiters.
Step by step guide on how to MYOG synthetic fill vest. This is an easy first project if you are interested in making synthetic clothing.
Various techniques for keeping fuel warm during canister stove operation are described, in order to optimize fuel vaporization.
Chris Smead, who produces Backpackinglight.com’s “According to Chris” video series, goes through his ultralight video gear.
Lightweight backpacking in the winter requires more intentionality with respect to gear selection and skill set, but with great rewards.
Mylar bags for backpacking food keep food fresh and protected from moisture. How about vacuum sealing reusable (e.g., snack chip) bags?