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    How I Lightened My Load - For Free

    As the well used backpacking quote goes, "you pack your fears" - and fears seem to be really heavy. I share in this blog how I overcame my fears and was able to carry a lighter load in doing so. Click below to read and if you do...thanks for reading.

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    Good article. I definitely have some gear decisions to make. I like your method.

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    I would rather be in the woods... my dog would rather be in the pool. My wife thinks we are both nuts.

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    Good read, thanks Rob! I also like to take my thermometer which records the low temp, so I have a good idea of how my gear worked throughout the day and overnight. I always make note of the type of weather to my lists after getting home so I know what works best for next time. Sometimes a trip will have the exact same weather as a trip I took in the past, which really gives me confidence in the gear I take. Clothing is always the biggest variable: tshirt + windshirt? Long sleeve only? Any base layers needed?

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    Great article, thanks for writing it up. One thing I learned from taking Wilderness First Aid is that there are a lot of things in the "canned" first-aid kits that I don't expect to ever use. There's a great guide on treefool's website on building your own lightweight first aid. Lots of stuff to leave at home there.

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    well done.

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    Nice write up and your right. I'm a over prepper. 3 set of battery's, saw, hatchet etc. Carry more then I need trying to be prepared for all types of emergency's. Like the checklist idea. Just watched your video on packing your backpack. Great video. Have to wean off a few things.
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    Thanks for the article! Makes me think about all the "what ifs" I plan for that never happen!


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    I definitely have the problem of bringing too much out to the woods. Last trip I did, I was carrying 35 lbs. worth of kit, and it was just an overnighter.

    I made a gear weight list a while back, but since I've acquired new items and got rid of some others, the list was in serious need of a revision as it didn't reflect everything in my current inventory. After that last 35 lb pack load, I made a point of it to fix my list, and seriously reconsider what I'll be taking on upcoming trips.
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    Can't wait for my next trip. it'll be hotter and i have trimmed alot of weight. down to about 12 lbs with some luxuries still intact (stool, larger knife, cool ridgeline lights ....) For me, its not really about being ultralight. Its more about finding out what I really dont need, and how I can double duty a few things. I'll probaby add back about 3 pounds thought in smoked keilbasa and fritos with bean dip

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    So true. It's amazing how much lighter my pack became once I noted what I didn't use.

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