In 2002, a solo hike with a 55 lb. pack convinced me I had to change my approach. My knees were trashed. If I wanted to hike more often and farther, I needed to lighten my load.
I’ve been slowly pursuing the ultralight approach for years, as money and time permit. As of 2015, my base weight is ~ 13.2 lbs. Now the only thing slowing me down are my hiking partners ;-)!
I’ve documented many of my treks and hikes in photos. I also spend a lot of time with maps — planning trips, documenting routes I’ve taken and even giving community feedback to help improve the routes for others. I’m slowly migrating all my mapping to AllTrails.com.