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					The Lightweight Backpacking Philosophy
   Look as everything and strive for choosing things that have Multiple Uses
       o Saves weight by allowing you to pack less items
       o Save money by buying fewer but more useful items
       o Less to fuss with because you have less items
   Buy items that are Not Over Built for the trips you will be taking them on.
       o Doing so often leads to lighter items
       o You will save money with more simply constructed items
       o Over building can often make gear too complex to easily use properly
   Reduce number items you bring
       o Less to buy is often cheaper
       o Bringing less makes for a lighter load
       o Simpler life from less to demand your attention
   Share equipment when practical
       o Cheaper because you can share expenses
       o Lighter because you can share the carrying
       o You can make friends though sharing ;)
   Be knowledgeable with what you will be using and doing
       o Allows to cut weight and cost without risking your safety
       o Allows you to make smarter choices about what you do bring
       o Allows you to use more fully the weight you bring
       o You will be more aware of how you impact the environment you are visiting
   Leave no trace
       o Pack it in, pack it out; bringing less means less to leave
       o Lighter steps are less impactful to the environment
       o Conduct yourself in camp is a way that is not harmful to the area


Online Stores
http://www.antigravitygear.com/
They sell good kitchen setups for very good prices. Theirs is what I use. I
recommend their "Mama's Kitchen 3 Cup Original Hard Anodized Set" for $35,
add a empty soda bottle for fuel ($1), a lighter ($1), and a lexan spoon ($1) and
you have a complete kit.

http://www.gossamergear.com/
I purchased their G4 backpack four years ago and it has carried me through
around 1000 miles of hiking. I now use the Mariposa.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/
   I have never shopped here but many other have and have good things to say.
They are a discounter with good pries. You can buy gear and clothes here.
http://www.campmor.com
   I recommend them for nearly anything. They have great deals on sock, undies,
next to skin/polypropylene, sleeping bags, tents, and most anything else.

http://www.northernmountain.com
   I have gotten many good deals on clothes and they carry virtually anything you
would need.

http://www.jacksrbetter.com/
   They make the No Sniveller down quilt which I use. Not necessary cheap but
very useful and light.

www.mountainlaureldesigns.com
      They make very light tarps in a wide range of sizes and features of which I
own one. Also they are starting into other very light, manly sleeping and shelter
gear.

minibulldesign.com
      They make just about any type of light alcohol stove you could want.

Informative websites
http://www.backpackgeartest.org/
Do you want to buy something but want reviews of real (not paid) people who
actually have used it. This is the place to go.

http://www.backpacking.net/
Lots of information for people getting started.

http://hikinghq.net/
More tips here.

http://froogle.google.com
Great place to finding good prices on what you want to buy

http://www.backpackinglight.com
A very good resource for learning more about lightweight backing. They do active
research to help people have a more enjoyable and lighter trip. Unfortunately it
cost $25 a year for this. Also they have a store with some very unique gear.



Brick a mortar stores
Walmart and Target
  You can buy a lot of clothes here cheap. The clothes often are lighter, less
complex construction with is good. It makes them lighter and cheaper.
Backpacker outfitters.
They will have better quality gear and very knowledgeable staff. I highly
recommend buying you boots/shoes from such a place.
Moose Jaw 1445 W. Webster Place, Chicago
Uncle Dans 2440 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (773) 477-1918
             700 West Church, 
 Evanston (847) 475-7100
             1847 Second Street
 , Highland Park (847) 266-8600
REI          8225 W Golf Rd (Four Flaggs Shopping Center), Niles (847) 470-9090
              17W160 22nd St, Oakbrook Terrace (630) 574-7700 (Rents gear)
Erehwon       1000 W. North Avenue, Chicago (312) 337-6400
              20505 North Rand Road,
 Kildeer (847) 726-1301
              2585 Waukegan Road,
 Bannockburn (847) 948-7250

Standard sporting goods stores.
They often sell some thing for less. However they will generally have
unknowledgeable staff and poorer quality gear than the outfitters.
Sports Authority 6420 West Fullerton, Chicago (773) 804-0044
                    1801 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago (773) 935-7729
                    3134 North Clark Street, Chicago (773) 871-8501
                    620 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago (312) 337-6151
                    and many more in the Chicagoland region


Books – A selection of my favorites
The Complete Walker IV by Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins
By far my favorite. If you read this book or at least skim it you can
learn everything you need to hike. Great writing style that’s easy to read.

The Backpacker's Handbook 2rd Eddition by Chris Townsend
   Next to “The Complete Walker” this is one of the must own books. I might rate
this as my top book but I read “Walker” first.

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
Many great ideas with some crazy ideas. Read if you want to learn more from the
person who really started the craze of ultra-light but be prepared for some of his
ideas because they are plain nuts.

Bear Aware 3rd Eddition by Bill Schneider
  Afraid of bears? This book will give you the knowledge to camp in bear country
safely and easily.

Secrets of Warmth: For Comfort or Survival by Hal Weiss
   Very very informative about how to keep comfortable in the woods. Writing
style is not perfect though. Can be a little repetitive and occasionally nutty.
Sample list
This is not a complete list but it covers most of what you need to give a rough idea of
cost. I haven’t bought or tried most of this stuff so be sure not to take these as a
recommendations they are just an example. Also remember you may already own some
of this stuff or could borrow from friends, family, or the group to save even more.
$0       Tent                  Borrow, make a friend, and save weight
$50 Sleeping bag               Kelty Stratus 35°, 2.5 lbs, Found at Campor
$15 Sleeping bag               Outdoor Research # 3 Hydroseal Dry Sack at Campmor,
         sack                  could also use a plain sack lined with a trash bag
$10 Sleeping Pad               Pack-Lite Closed Cell Foam Pad, found at Campmor
$5       Stove,pot,fuel        Find someone to share with and save weight and
                               money
$40 Backpack                   Outdoor Products Pinnacle at Campmor
$1       Bowl                  I bought a plastic cereal bowl at Walgreens
$2       Water bottles         2 X 1L bottles of grocery store brand fizzy water
$11 Water Treatment Aquamira™ Water Treatment at Campmor
$5       Food bag              9 in. x 19 in. Stuff Bag at Campmor
$2       Spoon                 Lexan Soup Spoon at Campmor
$6       Undies                Duofold VariTEC™ Boxers at Campmor
$8       Polypro shirt         Duofold Varitec™ Short Sleeve Crew at Campmor
$20 Fleece pants               Campmor Polartec® 200 Fleece Pants
$18 Fleece vest                Campmor Polartec® 200 Fleece Vest
$29 Shorts/pants               Campmor Trekmor Convertible Pants
$30 Wind jacket                Look for thin light jacket
$25 Poncho                     Cascade II Backpacker Poncho Regular at Campmor
$10 Sock liners                2 X Wigwam Gobi Polypropylene Liner Socks at Campmor
$22 Outer socks                2 X Wigwam Merino Light Hiker Wool Socks at Campmor
$125 Hiking boots              Get at a local shop with a knowledgeable sales person
$12 Balaclava/Hat              Gordini Lavawool Stretch Balaclava at Campmor
$17 Gloves                     Campmor Windban Gloves
$2       Bandana               Cotton Bandana at Campmor
$7       Clothes Sack          Campmor 12 in. x 22 in. Stuff Bag
$8       Toiletries and        2 X Heavy Duty Dunk and Stuff Bag 7 in. x 10 in
         misc sacks
$6       LED headlamp          As seen on ebay, price includes shipping
$6       Toiletries            Sample sizes and children’s toothbrush
$12 Pocket knife               Victorinox Swiss Army Classic at Campmor, all you need
$4       Rope                  Nylon Backpacker Rope at Campmor
This list is $571 plus $7 S/H from Campmor

				
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