While searching for bodyweight to backpack ratios I stumbled upon this awesome article on ultralightweight backpacking. Upon discovering the recommended max load of 25% of one’s “ideal body weight,” the discovery was quite timely. In reading it, I was greatly intrigued and inspired to rethink my selection of items to carry when we head out on our “long explore.”
Take it from me, investing the time to itemize the things you have decided to add to your load really has a way of making you rethink your selection. Unlike a long car trip, having stuff “just in case” can be detrimental to the fun aspect when you have to carry it on your back up and down mountainous and rocky trails for several days. Now, take the time to weigh these items; it’s a jaw dropping exercise.