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An Intro to Lightweight Backpacking

Pacific Crest Trail veteran Luke Kantola offers an initial guide to cutting the weight of your pack. Lightweight backpacking has completely changed the way I interact with wilderness. In 2013, on the Pacific Crest Trail my pack weight plummeted to a mere 9 pounds without food and water. I can go further, and faster now which allows me to access wilderness that the general public simply cannot get to. The frontier of adventure has expanded exponentially with my ability to cover more distance.

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"Getting There" A Pacific Crest Trail Poem

On September 6th I completed a 2668 mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. All I have now are fleeting glimpses of the beauty, joy and adversity of the “getting there”. I touch the tall-corrugated metal fence of the U.S. side of the Mexican border, turn and step northward without an idea of what is aheadbeaten by relentless desert sun, learn to value shade as dearly as food and water, sleep under a bridge, pass the next day curled up under the shade of a sage bush; become nocturnal and walk on silver sand reflecting the full midnight moon; cowboy camp under the diamond stars.

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