LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACKING INFORMATION PORTALS
Submit your own reviews of ultralight backpacking gear.
Forums and Podcasts for those new and old to Ultralight Backpacking.
Equipment reviews, feature articles, how-to articles relating to lightweight backpacking.
The Lightweight Backpacker.
National Scenic Trails Mailing Lists. Lots of information of a general nature, also related to specific trails (PCT, AT, etc.)
Pacific Crest Trail Association
American Long Distance Hiking Association (West)
Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Continental Divide Trail Alliance
Colorado Trail Foundation
BLOGS AND PERSONAL SITES
Blog about lightweight backpacking by Philip Werner.
Francis Tapon’s site. Author of “Hike Your Own Hike”.
Home of Shepherd Canyon Books – a site focused on backpacking, Camino de Santiago, John Muir Trail, and Women’s Adventure.
Extensive info on lightweight/ultralight backpacking – gear lists, food lists, getting started, gear selection, trip reports (with great photos),
food/nutrition/cooking, lightweight backpacking techniques, and photography.
Onestep’s Ultralight Backpacking Resource…section hiking the AT with a “10 lb. pack”.
Information on America’s 3 Long Distance Trails.
Mark Verber’s backpacking site.
Henry Shires’ tarptent.
Ron “Fallingwater” Moak’s Ultralight gear.
Lightweight gear from Ben Vestal.
European ultralight gear retailer and Gossamer Gear reseller. If you need it, they have it.
Ultralight titanium products.
Lynne Weldon’s “One pound” line of gear – mesh pack, tarp, sleeping blanket and more.
Information on the Bear Vault bear canister, lightest affordable bear canister available.
Fleece and other clothing, made exactly to your measurements! Tall and other hard-to-fit people rejoice!
Site for Hennessy Hammocks, including lightweight models.
Ed Speer’s customized hammocks, do-it-yourself kits, and book on hammock camping.
Nunatak Gear – hand crafted down outerwear and sleep systems.
Supplier of outdoor fabrics, notions and hardware, also patterns and kits for making the G4 ultralight pack.
Lightweight bear-resistant food bags.
Unique tents, sleeping bags, vapor barrier clothing.
Retailer focusing on lightweight hiking and backpacking gear.
Supplier of fabrics, (including 1.1oz Sil Ripstop) hardware, patterns etc for the person who wants to put together their own outdoor gear.
“Only the Lightest”, source for lightweight gear.
Lightweight stove accessories.
Lightest hard-shell bear-resistant canister available.