Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking
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Feb 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm #1233777Addie BedfordBPL Member
Companion forum thread to:Feb 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm #1475231toddBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: SE USA
I always enjoy your posts. This article is no exception.
Thanks for the inspiration.
ToddFeb 3, 2009 at 7:08 pm #1475234t.darrahBPL Member
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
Very well written, thanks. I look forward to your next trip report and gear list.Feb 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm #1475236Steven EvansBPL Member
What a great article…I truly enjoyed it.
Thanks Jamie!Feb 3, 2009 at 7:31 pm #1475243Kathy A HandysideBPL Member
@earlymusicusLocale: 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!Feb 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm #1475247Greg MihalikSpectator
Great story. Amazing journey in so many ways.
Thanks!Feb 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm #1475252Joe WestingMember
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.Feb 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm #1475274Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: 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.
-TonyFeb 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm #1475277Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Very nice! I did notice that your book "The 2 Ounce Backpacker" weighs 2.4 ounces :)Feb 4, 2009 at 5:09 am #1475300Chris WBPL Member
Thanks Jamie!Feb 4, 2009 at 5:56 am #1475305Rodney DavisBPL Member
@ramrodLocale: North Carolina
Maybe we can get together for a future trip some weekend.
RodneyFeb 4, 2009 at 6:03 am #1475306Miguel ArboledaBPL Member
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Great story, Jamie! Very inspirational.Feb 4, 2009 at 6:06 am #1475307Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Thoroughly enjoyed this article, thanks for the ideas and inspiration.Feb 4, 2009 at 7:59 am #1475323Jonathan RyanBPL Member
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
great article, thanks for sharing….Feb 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm #1475462George MatthewsBPL 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 : )Feb 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm #1475467Miguel ArboledaBPL Member
@butukiLocale: 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?Feb 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm #1475476James LantzBPL Member
@jameslantzLocale: 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"! ;)Feb 4, 2009 at 7:16 pm #1475500Ed BarkowskiBPL Member
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.Feb 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm #1475931Monty MontanaBPL Member
@tarasbulbaLocale: 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!Feb 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm #1475986Jamie ShorttBPL Member
@jshorttLocale: 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, JamieFeb 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm #1480497Jesse TaylorBPL 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!Dec 7, 2010 at 12:34 am #1671689Dug ShelbyMember
@pittsburghLocale: 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,Dec 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm #1678792Warren GreerSpectator
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.Aug 15, 2015 at 10:08 am #2221184Nick OtisBPL Member
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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