Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking

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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member


    Locale: Montana
    BPL Member


    Locale: SE USA


    I always enjoy your posts. This article is no exception.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Oregon

    Very well written, thanks. I look forward to your next trip report and gear list.

    Steven Evans
    BPL Member


    Locale: Canada

    What a great article…I truly enjoyed it.

    Thanks Jamie!

    Kathy A Handyside
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeastern Michigan

    Thanks, Jamie, for a great story! You are an inspiration to me, as I, too, am at a standstill in my life. Like you, I've been studying "Lightweight Backpacking and Camping" and making a new gear list of ultralight equipment, because I need to get away to break out of this staid existence. Your story was just the impetus I needed!

    Great photos, too!

    Greg Mihalik


    Locale: Colorado

    Great story. Amazing journey in so many ways.


    Joe Westing


    Wow, inspiring story. For anyone who has not seen any of Jamie's post, check out this thread about his first SUL trip (w/ photos). IMO, it should be required reading for anyone wanting information and/or inspiration to lighten their pack.

    Tony Wong
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area


    Fantastic essay and the link to your report about your 1st sub 5 lbs trek are outstanding.

    If there ever was a story that truly is trans formative, it is yours without a doubt.

    Your story is refreshing and reaffirming at the same time in that it shows how love of nature and the outdoor adventure can save us from the doldrums of our everyday existence and make us a better person at the same time.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us and for "giving" back to others in sharing your lightweight journey to inspire others to go lite and get out there and pursue the adventure and dreams they have been putting off.


    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern California

    Very nice! I did notice that your book "The 2 Ounce Backpacker" weighs 2.4 ounces :)

    BPL Member


    Locale: .

    Thanks Jamie!

    Rodney Davis
    BPL Member


    Locale: North Carolina

    Maybe we can get together for a future trip some weekend.

    Miguel Arboleda
    BPL Member


    Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan

    Great story, Jamie! Very inspirational.

    Eugene Smith
    BPL Member


    Locale: Nuevo Mexico

    Thoroughly enjoyed this article, thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

    Jonathan Ryan
    BPL Member


    Locale: White Mtns

    great article, thanks for sharing….

    George Matthews
    BPL Member


    Thanks for the excellent article! You are a great inspiration for those of us everyday people who are ready to go for it. I was one of them after your trip report last year : )

    Miguel Arboleda
    BPL Member


    Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan

    Jamie, I've been putting together an SUL list like yours and wondering exactly how low in temperatures you'd go with your SUL list. What would a winter, snow, around -5ºF (-15ºC) list look like?

    James Lantz
    BPL Member


    Locale: North Georgia

    Thanks for a great article! My gear list shares many of your choices which makes me think I'm headed in the right direction! Lightweight is definitely liberating. My wife refers to my green Mont-bell UL Inner Jacket as my "disco jacket"! ;)

    Ed Barkowski


    Well written, Jamie. Very inspiring material. Glad your life took such a favorable U-turn and allowed you to "make light" of your circumstances. Happy to have your input in the forums.

    Monty Montana
    BPL Member


    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    Jamie, thanks for the gratifying story on your journey to Lightness and self-discovery, one similar to mine. Of especial note is that I, too, take along the 2 oz Backpaccker and get chided for packing a book. Oh well, it still remains that at bottom we're all kindred spirits in th UL community. Happy trails!

    Jamie Shortt
    BPL Member


    Locale: North Carolina

    I truly appreciate these comments more then you can imagine, thanks everyone for taking the time to post.

    Rodney, My trips are mostly solo but thats only because we are so few. I'd be glad to hit the trails with you sometime.

    Miguel, I'll put some thought into a -5F list, but my friend that is one step beyond me for the time being. I'd like to see what you come up with.

    Thanks all, Jamie

    Jesse Taylor
    BPL Member


    Thanks for sharing the candid story of your career struggles and your "ultralight birth." Inspirational.

    That picture of you with the Golite Ion floored me. All of your gear was store bought, not modified or special made. That's really amazing.

    Your article is double inspirational!

    Dug Shelby


    Locale: Bay Area

    Jamie, fantastic stuff! Just came across this article you wrote, well done. Loved the inspiration and the transformation you took us through. Hope all is going well, and I do hope you get to do the AT sometime soon.

    My best friend lives near Lake Wylie, SC, and we went camping at a great spot for a couple nights this last summer. Whereabouts are you in NC?

    Hope all is well,


    Warren Greer


    Locale: SoCal


    I read your article a month or so ago and sent myself a link at home so I could learn from your gear lists and all your experiences that you talk about. I'm heading down the same street too. Just like Dug above, I really enjoyed the it immensly. -If you ever so feel inclined, I bet many here in the BPL community would really enjoy reading another article by yourself. Cheers and thanks for the inspiration.

    Nick Otis
    BPL Member


    Locale: CA

    Perusing the forums–one link leads to another… I found this, and it is just as inspirational years later. Thank you so much, Jamie! I had read some of your other stuff recently, too. It seems that miles on the trails do good for the soul. And you are right: enlightenment is not achieved without passing on the knowledge. Hope your journeys are continuing to go well!

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